On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire from a nearby hotel during Jason Aldean's headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Sixty people were killed and hundreds more injured in the deadliest mass shooting in US history
The tragedy left the country music community reeling. Chris Stapleton, who was not on the bill for the three-day festival, wrote "Watch You Burn" in response to the shooting. Speaking to CBS' This Morning
, the singer said penning the song was "therapeutic," as he processed his emotions about the event.