Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Rockers React
Classic rock stars are sharing their shock and condolences after another concert attack, this time in Las Vegas at a country music festival. The shooting, which claimed more than 50 lives Sunday night, has been confirmed as the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
"Our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives or were injured in today's horrifying shootings," wrote Whitesnake's David Coverdale. Coverdale's former Deep Purple bandmate Glenn Hughes also reacted, sending "all love and prayers for the 50 innocent victims who were killed and mass injuries in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay safe."
Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan lamented "waking up to this awful Las Vegas news," adding that he's "so sorry for those of you who have lost loved ones. This is so damn heartbreaking."
Ted Nugent lowered his flag to half mast. Members and former members of bands like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Kiss, Styx, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Foghat, Kansas, Toto and Journey shared in the nation's grief, as well.
Vince Neil weighed in, as did his Motley Crue bandmate Tommy Lee – though the latter took a different, more controversial tack. Lee argued that it was too late to pray, arguing instead that we should work to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Nugent continued to vehemently assert that gun control is not the answer in comments attached to his flag photo.
Carlos Santana issued a lengthy statement, assuring "everyone that lost loved ones, we stand with you. To those of you who are wounded and hurt, we stand by you. Our heart is in shock. Our minds are filled with questions. Why? Why allow weapons of mass destruction to be sold to civilians? The laws need to be changed to prevent this from ever happening again. Brutality is pure ignorance. Compassion is the highest quality of pristine divinity. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. We all need to come together at this time and be 'one.' We send our collective prayers, light and love to the families and the wounded."
Police said a gunman situated on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire at approximately 10:08PM last night during a Route 91 Harvest Festival appearance by country singer Jason Aldean. Authorities later identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevada resident who reportedly acted alone.
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