Lionel Richie made his first appearance with the other new American Idol judges — pop star Katy Perry and country singer Luke Bryan — Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition to talking about the forthcoming ABC reboot of the music competition series, Richie and his fellow judges weighed in on Sunday’s mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured over 500.
“You always have it in the back of your mind, ‘Nah, that would never happen.’ And then when it finally happens, it’s terrifying,” said Richie, who has a Las Vegas residency.
Regarding the negative effect that the massacre might have on concerts, Lionel notes, “We look at the faces every night on stage. We live for that. And of course, they blow the kisses, they say every [nice] word to us. And to think that we’re…getting to a stage now where live performances are in jeopardy…the worst nightmare we ever have in life is something like that would happen!”
Bryan said, “It was one of the most heartbreaking days of my life, and for this country, too.”
Perry, meanwhile, said she hopes the tragedy will spur politicians to take action on firearm legislation.
“We need to take an unfortunate good, hard look at…gun reform,” she declared. “No one is saying ‘take away your guns,’ but we don’t necessarily need assault rifles.”
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