'SNL' Skips Trump Bashing, Pays Tribute to Las Vegas and Tom Petty in Emotional Opening

Jason Aldean, whose concert was the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history last week, performed Tom Petty's 'I Won’t Back Down' during the live opening of Saturday Night Live

'SNL' skips Trump bashing and offers touching tribute to Las Vegas with 'I won't back down'

“Saturday Night Live” has paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and the late rock superstar Tom Petty by opening its show with country star Jason Aldean singing one of Petty’s songs.

Aldean performed “I Won’t Back Down” during the live opening Saturday night and then introduced the show. The cold open of the show had recently been reserved for Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression, which skewers the president's missteps that week. 

Aldean was performing at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last Sunday night when a gunman sprayed bullets into the crowd from a high-rise hotel, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500.

Petty died the next day in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest.