Bryan was joined by fellow artists Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to promote the upcoming season of American Idol when the early morning talk show hosts brought up the recent tragedy. With all of the musicians at a loss for words over the grief they’re feeling, Bryan explained that he wishes this horrific event only prompts for some sort of change with legislature soon.
“Hearing one of your best friends shaken up like that, knowing they’ll never be able to un-see these things, you get lumps and you get nauseated. There’s just got to be something we can do. From the mental health issue to all of the issues that are causing these things,” Bryan said solemnly.
Both Richie and Perry agreed, with Perry herself asking for a change in the laws about owning specific assault weapons over taking away all gun rights completely. Constructing her thoughts in a mindful manner, the pop star made it clear that sending prayers and love isn’t enough when it comes to making a huge legal change related to reform.
“We have to put our foot down more than just sending our condolences. Honestly, I get really sick to my stomach with everyone just sending their condolences, and then going back to selfie-ing and doing their regular stuff. That is not enough. When is it going to be enough? I don’t know the answers and I know it’s a touchy subject but I think we have to take a good, hard look at it as a society,” Perry told the GMA hosts.
Even Richie weighed in by noting that live performances shouldn’t be a place to worry about safety. He expressed that the connection they establish with fans during concerts means the absolute world and was saddened someone took that innocence and sense of calm away.
“We see the fans,” Richie said. “We look at the faces every night on stage. We live for that. They blow the kisses, they sing every word to us. To think for a moment we are now getting to a stage where live performances are in jeopardy — the worst nightmare we ever have in life is something like that would happen.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 4, 2017
They all moved on to a lighter note by previewing the new season of the revamped American Idol coming to television soon. Perry explained that the judges all have mutual respect for each other’s talents and how excited they all are to get to know each other on the series.
The new season of American Idol will air sometime in 2018.