See Also: - Neil Diamond donates proceeds from merch sales to Aurora Victim Relief Fund - Reel Big Fish donates proceeds of its Aspen show to victims/families of Aurora shooting - Photos: Brothers of the Sun Tour hits Denver - Review: Florence + the Machine
On the evening of the Aurora theater shooting and in the days that followed, scores of musicians were faced with the daunting and unenviable prospect of performing for folks when the devastating loss was still very fresh in everyone's minds. While entertaining is something they get paid to do and most likely live to do, if they're human like the rest of us, they probably didn't feel much like entertaining. Just the same, the show must go on, as they say, and each artist chose to pay tribute in their own ways. Some spoke directly about the tragedy and even went as far as dedicating songs to the victims and their families, while others didn't say anything at all, and somehow that spoke volumes. Page down to see how Tim McGraw, Florence + the Machine, the Fray and a few others honored the victims and their families.
Tim McGraw at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 7/21/12
A day after the tragic Shooting in Aurora, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's Brothers of the Sun tour rolled into Denver for a date at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. During the former's set, he paid tribute by offering up a subdued version of "More Power to You," an early '80s song from the Christian band Petra. "Our job tonight is to come out here tonight for just a little while and put a smile on your face," McGraw said. "The point is to have a good time and have a party in remembrance of all the fine, fine folks who lost their lives a couple of days ago. But before we do that, we all talked and we wanted to do something for you guys that might sort of lift your souls a bit. We want to play a song for you, and then we'll get right into kicking ass."
The Band Perry at Cheyenne Frontier Days, 7/21/12
At a show in Omaha on Friday night, with the wounds of Aurora tragedy still very fresh, the Band Perry spoke candidly about how their hearts were broken over the past day's events, before playing the aptly titled "If I Die Young," which they dedicated to the victims and their families. The following night in Cheyenne, after having some more time to reflect, they did the same thing, and Kimberly Perry noted how the song had a new sense of purpose that it didn't have the week before. Indeed the words are poignant: "Lord, make me a rainbow/I'll shine down on my mother/She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors/Oh, and life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no/Ain't even gray, but she buries her baby/The sharp knife of a short life."
Florence + the Machine, 7/25/12 and Global Dance Festival, 7/21/12 Sometimes the best and most profound thing you can say in moments like this is nothing at all...
The Fray at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 7/22/12 ...or next to nothing at all. "This is for Aurora" (jump to 2:30).
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