Alan Jackson Shares Photos from ‘Emotional Weekend’ Performing on 9/11 Anniversary

by Samantha Whidden

On Monday (September 13th), country superstar Alan Jackson took to his Twitter account to share some snapshots of his performances during the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks

In the snapshots, Alan Jackson is seen singing with the iconic pic of firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero as the background image. The picture was taken just hours after the infamous terrorist attack, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

“An emotional weekend in Des Moines and Sioux Falls.”

Alan Jackson shared a video of him performing his “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Jackson notably wrote this single as a reaction to the September 11th attacks. The song made its public debut at the CMA Awards on November 7, 2001. It topped the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for five weeks and reached number 28 on Billboard’s All-Genre Hot 100 Chart. 

The beautiful single’s lyrics are, “But I’m not sure I can tell you/ The difference in Iraq and Iran/ But I know Jesus and I talk to God/ And I remember this from when I was young/ Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us/ And the greatest is love.”

As previously reported, Alan Jackson recalled what inspired him to write the song. “I don’t know. I think I was probably like most people that were impacted with that day.”

Alan Jackson further explained that he thinks that the attacks affected people’s perspectives on their lives, jobs, and families. “[It also affected] where they were and what they were wanting to do. And how they looked at things.”

Alan Jackson Opens Up About the September 11th Attacks 

In the video about Where Where You (When The World Stopped Turning), Alan Jackson spoke about how the attacks changed so many lives. 

“I’ve heard so many stories back during that time it was happening,” Alan Jackson stated. “You know, people saying they quit their jobs. They changed their lifestyles. Started going to church. You know, found someone to marry. All these things, some big changes.”

Alan Jackson further explained that the single still has a strong reaction from fans who attend his shows. “It’s one of my biggest songs in the show. It’s hard to follow it,” Jackson said. He also recalled that fans would hold up lights and would be glad to hear the emotional track. 

“I think [they] are moved by it and glad I did it,” Alan Jackson then noted about the fan’s reactions.“I think it’s more than just the 9/11 connection and I mean, the real hook in it quotes right out of the Bible, anyway.”

Alan Jackson is currently on tour. His next stops are in Detroit (September 17th), Green Bay (September 18th), and Nashville (October 8th).