Country star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 59 people and injuring hundreds more in the largest mass shooting in American history. Aldean issued a statement after the tragedy yesterday, and now, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he has decided to cancel several upcoming shows out of respect for the victims. Read his full statement below.
As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows. 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. Our plan is to resume the tour the following week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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.
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.