I agree that this had to have been a terrible thing for him, and indeed, anyone associated with the show. What happened is still unimaginable in so many ways. But, what happened there doesn't mean that Aldean is beyond criticism. I doubt he's making decisions about where to appear and what to sing on his own. Nobody ever thought to tell him, hey, this song really isn't your speed? It was an awful rendition of the song; Set that aside for a moment. Who thought Aldean would be the right person to do a tribute to Petty? And, to me, the timing was really, really bad, and maybe suspicious. I don't think it's unreasonable to wonder if Aldean and / or his handlers didn't see this as an opportunity to keep him in the continuing conversation. As for I Won't Back Down being sung by him as a response to Los Vegas. No, not buying it. I can't imagine anyone having an ego of that magnitude given that his performance last Sunday is on video for all to see. No, this was all really clumsy marketing. I would hope that he's feeling pretty foolish by now. But, I doubt it. I really don't care about this. We've all seen so much phony baloney nonsense in the music world that it's hard not to wonder, though.