Imagine Dragons, Celine Dion others pay tribute to Las Vegas massacre victims

ANI | Updated: Dec 03, 2017 05:54 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], December 3 (ANI): Imagine Dragons, Celine Dion and other high-profile performers united at the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert, the largest musical event, to pay tribute to the victims of the October 1 shooting.

The concert saw the Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit community for an evening of live performances and heartfelt video tributes honoring victims and survivors of the October 1 tragedy, reports E! Online.

The evening commenced as Carrot Top welcomed an arena of thousands of supporters. He introduced messages from Vegas Golden Knights players who shared their pride for being part of the Las Vegas community.

International songstress and Billboard Icon Award-winning artist Celine Dion delivered a gracious video message, saying, "We dedicate tonight's show to all the victims and their families and to the first responders and to the doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives. And to so many heroes who did whatever they could to help complete strangers at a time of desperate needs."

Las Vegas headliners Boyz II Men, the multiple Grammy award-winning group delivered smooth vocal ballads including a soulful acapella version of 'It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,' then brought the energy with 'Motownphilly'.

Then, Imagine Dragons took the stage in force, as front man Dan Reynolds said, "Today, more than ever, I am proud to be from this city. Music shows that there is nothing that should divide us. Tonight, we are one. We are Vegas Strong."

The band played an impassioned set of songs including 'Whatever It Takes' and 'Believer' before initiating a moment of silence out of respect for those affected by the tragedy.

Music legend Elton John, who addressed the audience via video to send his love and support, motivated everyone to join him in singing 'Your Song' and 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.'

The cheerful conclusion brought all performers to the stage for a chorus of the late, great Elvis Presley's 'Viva Las Vegas,' with Dan Reynolds and Brandon Flowers exchanging lead vocals. (ANI)