'Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing' - Jason Aldean cancels tour dates out of respect for Las Vegas victims
Singer Jason Aldean has cancelled three gigs this weekend out of respect for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Aldean was on stage performing When She Says Baby at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Monday when Stephen Paddock began shooting into the audience, killing 59 and injuring 527.
The shocked star's upcoming gigs in LA, San Diego and Anaheim this weekend have been cancelled.
He shared the news in an emotional post on Twitter.
"As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows," he wrotes.
"I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends."
However, he added that he plans to resume the tour the following week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend's shows... pic.twitter.com/lP7TFCukII— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) October 3, 2017
"Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do — play our songs for them. I hope everyone understands why we can’t play this weekend and I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed."
He added, "I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love from my friends and fans we have received over the last couple days. You guys have no idea how much you have helped get us through this tough time. Thank You and God Bless, JA."
Aldean had previously shared his devastation about the shooting on Instagram.
He said, "Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truly dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another.
"Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women.
"We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. ‘My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act."