Eric Church says Las Vegas shooting inspired his new single 'Desperate Man'
Eric Chruch, like most of the musicians, let his music speak his mind as he poured his thoughts in his latest song
Eric Church dropped his latest music 'Desperate Man' on July 13 and the singer opened up about how the song has been inspired by his emotional journey, which he faced following the aftermath of the mass shooting that took place at the 'Route 91 Harvest Festival' in Las Vegas in October of 2017.
The three-day festival saw Eric headlining the concert on the first day (September 29, 2017). However, on the last day of the festival (October 1, 2017), a gunman opened fire into the crowd from his hotel room adjacent to the concert site while singer Jason Aldean was performing. 58 people were found dead after the incident and 851 injured. It is believed that gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite.
Co-written with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eric tries to navigate his emotions into the song. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Eric recalled, “I was a little lost for a while. I think like a lot of people I was in a little bit of a funk after something like that,” he says. “I was still a little burned out. A little bit going through the motions. I think that’s part of what happened when I first went into the studio, is I still wasn’t quite ready to get there."
“That’s where ‘Desperate Man’ kind of came from,” he continued. “I wrote that in the studio. I got a little bit desperate in there to just find an album because it was not f**king happening.” The upcoming album is set to release on October 5 and with his first single, Eric promises his fans that the upcoming album is going to be packed with emotional yet moving singles.
After the incident took place, Eric also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and spoke about the incident. During the performance, the singer dedicated his song “Why Not Me,” to Sonny Melton, a Tennessee man who died shielding his wife from the bullets. Eric recalled his experience during the first day of the concert. "I shook everybody’s hand and I thanked them for coming,” he said, onstage before his performance.
“I came back up the left side, saw smiling faces, hands in the air and pictures being taken … 48 hours later, those places where I stood was carnage. Those are my people. Those are my fans" he continued. Eric admitted that he found it hard to come back on stage and perform after the incident took place and almost felt like leaving his guitar or put forward any performance. However, things changed after he watched a CNN interview of Sonny's wife in which she mentioned that he was a big fan of Eric and his songs.
This inspired the singer to write 'Why not me'. Eric also mentioned during his performance that there were two empty seats in the concert because those were the seats that were purchased by the couple as they had planned on coming to the concert to watch Eric play. “The reason I’m here tonight is that of Heather Melton, and her husband Sonny who died, and every person that was there. And I’ll tell you, I saw that crowd. I saw them with their hands in the hair, with boots in the air, and that moment in time was frozen,” he said, “and there is no amount of bullets that can take that away.”