Watch Vince Gill Honor Route 91 Harvest Festival Victims With ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ at Nashville Vigil
Vince Gill moved the crowd at Monday night's (Oct. 2) Nashville vigil for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting with his song "Go Rest High on That Mountain." Readers can press play above and jump to about the 5:30 mark, to watch Gill's performance.
"Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up [the] families who lost somebody last night," Gill told the audience with great emotion. "I'm honored to be here as a voice for the innocent ... May we never lose our voice for innocent people."
The vigil in Nashville, which took place at the Ascend Amphitheater, was held in remembrance of those who were killed in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday night (Oct. 1), when a shooter opened fire on the crowd of more than 20,000 people gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Gill segued from his original tune to another classic, leading the audience in a chorus of "Amazing Grace" before his wife, Amy Grant, joined him onstage to offer a prayer.
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"Could we all bow our heads and lean over, and lean into, or reach out and touch, the person next to you?" Grant asked as she began her prayer, thanking God for the gift of "each other, and that none of us is born alone or dies alone."
In addition to the 59 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, more than 500 people were injured in the shooting, which took place at the end of Jason Aldean's festival-closing set. Other artists who performed at the event, which ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1, include Chris Young, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Luke Combs.
Las Vegas police have identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the suspect in the shooting; he is dead. In a televised statement on Monday, President Donald Trump praised Las Vegas police and first responders for their quick response to the shooting.
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