Jason Aldean helps honor Route 91 shooting victims; Blake Shelton serenades Gwen Stefani; and the first Farm Aid was held 33 years ago.
Jason Aldean was in Las Vegas Friday night (Sept. 21), and took a moment to honor those affected by 2017’s Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, which occurred just shy of one year ago, on Oct. 1. The country superstar remembered the victims of the tragedy and saluted the first responders who helped out.
During the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival, organizers of the event spotlighted those first responders in a video tribute, even inviting some of them onstage with Aldean and radio DJ Bobby Bones. “On behalf of myself, my family and my family in the country music community, I want to say thank you to the city of Las Vegas for your courage, strength and kindness,” Aldean said. “Tonight, we are all proud to be Vegas Strong.” Read more at The Boot
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Gwen Stefani turned to social media on Friday (Sept. 21) to share a private moment with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton. In the video above, which she posted to Instagram, Shelton gives Stefani a private performance of his sultry song, “Turnin’ Me On.”
The couple are seated in back-to-back plush seats on a tour bus in the video, with both of them dressed casually. Shelton looks over at Stefani repeatedly as he sings his current single, and she turns the camera back and forth between him and herself as he sings, ending with a sly smile into the camera. Read more at Taste of Country
Thirty-three years ago today, on Sept. 22, 1985, the very first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Ill. Hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, Farm Aid was created after Bob Dylan said during Live Aid, which raised money for Ethiopian farmers during the famine, “Wouldn’t it be great if we did something for our own farmers right here in America?” The inaugural event was held at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, with Dylan, BB King, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Billy Joel and Tom Petty among the list of performers. More than 80,000 people attended, kicking off an annual event that has, as of 2015, raised over $48 million.
“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the farm crisis,” Nelson says. “In the … years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers.” Read more at The Boot