Eric Church Makes Emotional Speech at the Opry & Performs New Song He Wrote for Vegas Shooting Victims

Eric Church Makes Emotional Speech at the Opry & Performs New Song He Wrote for Vegas Shooting Victims

Eric Church honored the victims of the Las Vegas shooting Wednesday night (Oct. 4) during his performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

Eric performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 29, two days before a gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500 during Jason Aldean’s headlining set on Oct. 1. As you can imagine, many fans attending the festival where there to see Eric perform—one in particular was named Sonny Melton, 29, who was killed during the shooting while shielding his wife, Heather.

After taking the Opry stage last night, Eric shared the story of Sonny and Heather, two fans who had also planned to be at Eric’s Opry performance. However, their two Opry seats were empty last night.

“The reason I’m here tonight is because of Heather and Sonny, who died,” said Eric, in part, from the Opry stage. “That night, something broke in me, on Sunday when that happened. And the only way I’ve ever fixed anything that’s been broken in me is with music, so I wrote a song for them.”

After Eric performed a song he wrote for Sonny, he treated the fans to a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

photo courtesy of JPA/AFF-USA

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