It was Scott’s first extensive interview since the tragedy, and he began by saying how difficult it has all been because he has “felt so connected” to his fans.
“It really hurts,” he said. “It hurts the community, it hurts the city [Houston where he is from and where the annual festival was held]. There are a lot of feelings, a lot of grief “.
Scott initially denied knowing that concertgoers had been injured, saying he “did not know the exact details until minutes before the press conference” after his performance.
“People faint, things happen at concerts, but something like that,” he said, trailing off.
According to Scott, his visibility from the stage while performing was limited, but he acted on what he saw.
“Whenever I could see something like that, I would see it,” Scott said. “I stopped him a couple of times to make sure everyone was okay.”
He also touched on the “furious” culture his concerts are known for and which some have blamed for the deaths and injuries.
Scott said that “getting mad” is “getting carried away and having fun.”
“As artists, you trust the professionals when things happen that people can safely leave,” Scott added.
“And tonight was like a normal show, it seemed to me, energy-wise,” he said. “People didn’t show up there just to be harmful. People just showed up to have a good time and something unfortunate happened and we just have to find out what it was.”