Feeling “broken” after the Las Vegas massacre, country star Eric Church wrote a new song called, “Why Not Me,” and tearfully dedicated it to the victims and survivors of the shooting before its debut on Wednesday at the Grand Ole Opry.
Church had performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival two days before 58 people were killed there. “That night something broke in me,” said an emotional Church. “And the only way I’ve ever fixed anything that’s been broken in me is with music.”
He told the crowd he was inspired to write the song after thinking about his fans who died in the senseless violent act.
“I saw that crowd. I saw ’em with their hands in the air. I saw ’em with boots in the air,” he said. “What I saw, that moment in time that was frozen, there’s no amount of bullets that can take it away.”
He also told the story of a couple, Sonny and Heather Melton, who were supposed to attend the Grand Ole Opry concert, but a bullet on Sunday put an end to that.
“Last night, somebody sent me a video, of a lady named Heather Melton,” he said. “And she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN. And she had on our ‘Church Choir’ tour shirt. And he said ‘What brought you to Vegas?’ And she goes, ‘We went there to see Eric Church.’ Because it was Sonny’s, her husband that died, it was his guy. ‘And we went there to see his guy.’ And then she said we have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night.”
Church pointed out two empty seats in Section 3, Row F.
“There’s some empty seats. That’s their seats,” said Church, his voice filled with emotion. “The reason I’m here, the reason why I’m here tonight is because of Heather Melton, her husband Sonny who died, and every person who was there.”
After his emotional dedication, he performed the new song he wrote in honor of the victims of the horrific shooting.
“I saw them with boots in the air. That moment of time that was frozen. There’s no amount of bullets that can take that away.” – Eric Church pic.twitter.com/tkSvejxoMz
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