Jason Aldean resumes tour in Tulsa after Las Vegas shooting

Samantha Liu and Megan Vanderhoff came to Tulsa from California for the Jason Aldean concert on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (KOKH)

Jason Aldean made an emotional return to the stage in Tulsa Thursday night.

It was his first concert since the massacre in Las Vegas. Aldean was performing when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing 58 people and leaving nearly 500 injured. He canceled three shows last week out of respect for the victims.

Tons of fans turned out for Tulsa show. Some were excited, some were nervous.

"Being vulnerable is not something I'm easy with, so it's definitely been on my mind a lot leading up to this," said Matt Lott, who lives in Muskogee.

Two friends who flew from California to Oklahoma to see Aldean perform said if he's brave enough to get back on stage, they're going to be brave enough to support him.

"I definitely feel like it's going to be emotional," said Samantha Liu, who was at the concert in Las Vegas when shots rang out.

"I was on the right side of the stage closest to Mandalay Bay, so it's really surreal for me, because everyone around me was getting shot, and then we somehow got out alive," she said. "It's just so crazy."

Liu hopes coming to Aldean's concert will help her overcome her fears.

"Any bang that goes off, I just fidget, but you don't want to live your life in fear," Liu said.

She and her friend, Megan Vanderhoef, will only be in Tulsa for 20 hours before heading back to California.

"I told her from the moment she got home from the concert, 'I'm here for you and I want to do whatever you need.'" Vanderhoef said. "And she said, 'We need to go to Oklahoma and go to his concert' so I said, 'Ok let's do it!'"

The two want Aldean, and all the people impacted by the shooting, not to lose their faith in humanity.

"We should be there, even for people who don't know we are," Liu said.

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