Country music performer Jason Aldean Tuesday canceled his scheduled Friday night show at The Forum in Inglewood and a Sunday concert at Honda Center in Anaheim in the wake of the mass shooting that occurred while he was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas.
“I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do,” Aldean said in a statement. “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.”
He also canceled a shows scheduled for Saturday night at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. His tour is set to resume Oct. 12 in Tulsa.
He said his band’s first time back onstage will be “a very tough and emotional thing for us,” but they plan to get through it together and honor those killed by playing their songs for them.
“I hope everyone understands why we can’t play this weekend and I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed,” he said. “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.”
Refunds are available at point of purchase, according to the statement.
Aldean was on stage when the first shots were fired Sunday night.
More than a dozen victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas hailed from Southern California, and the number continued to rise Tuesday as relatives identified the dead.
Authorities said 59 people were killed in the massacre and more than 500 injured. The attack was carried out by former Southern California resident Stephen Paddock, 64.
He fired numerous weapons from his 32nd story hotel room across the street from the country music festival before law enforcement officers stormed in and Paddock killed himself.
— City News Service
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