Jason Aldean defiant as he resumes tour after Las Vegas Strip shooting


After what happened in Vegas on October 1, Thursday night's show was one some people thought wouldn't happen.

People stream into the BOK Center for the country star Jason Aldean concert in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

Ryan Guay and Lynzee Freund, who helped save a little girl's life, were gifted tickets to Aldean's October 12 show courtesy of Tulsa-based radio station K95.5.

Thousands of people are headed to the BOK Center to see country superstar Jason Aldean, and Thursday's concert is his first since a gunman opened fire, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 last week while Aldean was on stage. Aldean is making an emotional return to the stage after cancelling tour dates following the Las Vegas mass shooting.

A couple who survived the shooting traveled to Tulsa to see Aldean perform.

Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the singer launched into a five-minute speech that honored the 58 killed and almost 500 hurt in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

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"You can be sure that we are going to walk through these tough times together every step of the way", Aldean said during his special appearance on "SNL".

"As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have made a decision to cancel this coming weekend's shows", Aldean said in a statement last week.

He canceled shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California, last week out of respect for the victims and to take time to mourn.

The singer visited shooting victims still in a Las Vegas hospital Sunday.

On Oct. 1, Aldean was performing the closing set at the outdoor country music festival when gunman Stephen Paddock fired bullets from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers.