Jason Aldean returned to the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, July 30th for a rescheduled 'Highway Desperado' tour stop after he became suddenly ill on stage during the original concert date on Saturday, July 15. Attendees of the show were left in the dark for several minutes as he quickly ran off stage midway during the performance of "Crazy Town".
His representatives released the cause of his illness as heat exhaustion due to the extreme heat throughout the state that day. The country artist honored his commitment to fans and returned to the Connecticut stage to play out his full music set -- including, a song whose video has come under fire: "Try That in a Small Town".
Ahead of Sunday, local news outlets warned of potential riots and demonstrations before the concert due to the controversial nature of the music video, however, no riots or demonstrations were observed at the venue. Hartford Police did increase their staffing to ensure a safe experience by all.
Aldean addressed once more that the weather in Connecticut is supposed to be cooler than his native Georgia and Florida. He then continued into his explanation in regards to the medical condition he suffered which led to the abrupt stop of the concert two weeks ago.
"I don't think I had a damn heat stroke. Honestly, I don't know. I don't know what happened. I've never felt like that on stage before. I just knew I felt like I was going to pass out I couldn't tell you guys a reason. My bad, alright? My bad for that but we did want to make sure we did get back here as soon as possible so that's why we're back two weeks later to see you guys."
The country star also went on to address the controversy of the music video for his song, "Try That in a Small Town" while on stage prior to performing the song:
"I feel like every day I was waking up and someone was accusing me of this or accusing me of that so I felt the need to come on stage every night and kind of explain myself every night. But I mean ultimately, listen, it's like a lot of different things, man. You're going to see what you want to see. If you're looking for that, you're going to see that. If you're not, you're not. I mean it is what it is. I think you guys know the real meaning of this song and what it was intended to be before everyone got a hold of it. But I do want to say, man, I've been in this business for a long time and I've never quite seen anything like this.."
Check out photos from the concert on the Country 92-5 Instagram page