She said that the two attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival to see Church, and also had tickets to this very Grand Ole Opry show.
"I watched them hold American flags up during 'How 'Bout You.' I watch them put an American scarf around my neck during 'Springsteen.' They held records up when I played 'Record Year.' They held boots up when I played 'These Boots, '" Church recalled about his connection with the Las Vegas crowd. "I was so moved by it, mainly because I looked at them and went, 'This is my crowd. And he said, 'What brought you to Vegas?' And she goes, 'We went there to see Eric Church 'cause he was Sonny's-her husband who died-it was his guy and we went there to see his guy, '" Church recounted with tears in his eyes. "48 hours later, those places where I stood was carnage".
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Sonny Melton, is seen in this undated photo with his wife Heather Melton obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017.
"I saw that crowd". "I came back up the left side, saw smiling faces, hands in the air and pictures being taken ..."
Although Church admitted he had no interest in performing after hearing the news, it was a video of Heather Melton, who lost her husband Sonny in the attack, that gave Church the gumption to step up on stage and represent the ones who didn't make it for country music's sake.
"I shook everybody's hand and I thanked them for coming", Church said. "There's no amount of bullets that could take that away".
"That night, something broke in me, on Sunday when that happened".
"Tonight we are standing on the circle that can not be broken", Opry host Jeannie Seely said, referring to the historic piece of wood transplanted from the Opry's longtime home at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. "So I wrote a song".
He then played his new song, "Why Not Me". Share Eric's moving comments and performance with other country music fans.