Lady Antebellum Pray for a ‘Sense of Peace’ After Route 91 Massacre
Lady Antebellum stepped onstage in Manchester, England, just days after the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, solemn under the weight of the devastating events. Before the show, they did the only thing they knew how to do in the face of such tragedy — they prayed.
Lady A posted a video on Facebook on Oct. 5, sharing their thoughts about the shooting and giving fans a glimpse into what it was like backstage before they performed.
“We wanted to take a second formally and with unity to acknowledge what happened a couple of days ago,” says Hillary Scott, addressing the band and crew as they hold hands. “I think all of us here are dealing with it, and we know people who were there, and everybody on stage, off stage in Vegas — and being so far away from home, we’re not gonna live in fear here. This is a safe space because we’re all here together, and because not only have I and our family and so many people here — so many people we don’t even know have prayed for us before we got here.”
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Scott then asks her husband and the band’s drummer, Chris Tyrrell, to pray, noting with a tearful voice that she wouldn’t be able to get through it. He asks for a sense of peace for everyone attending the show.
“I know it’s not by accident we get to be the representation of country music to this city on this night and one of the first performances post-Vegas,” he says. “We don’t take that lightly, we feel the weight of that.”
The clip then moves to the band’s solemn performance of their song “Hello World,” which takes on even more significance that night.
Lady Antebellum have been wading into the fray to support victims of recent tragedies in many ways, recently signing on to perform at a hurricane relief benefit and donating $200,000 to Puerto Rico relief efforts with the premiere of their “Heart Break” video.
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