The country music star
Country music star Jason Aldean who was in the middle of his Las Vegas set for the Route 91 Harvest Festival when shots rang out above him, has canceled his tour dates for Southern California. He was scheduled to appear at the San Diego Mattress Firm Amphitheater on October 7.
Stephen Paddock was perched inside his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel when he opened fire into the crowd watching Aldean on Sunday night. The aftermath would leave 59 dead and over 500 people injured.
In a statement, Aldean says canceling these shows is in honor of those who died or were injured in the Las Vegas tragedy.
"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. JA
Aldean is tentatively scheduled to resume his tour in Tulsa Oklahoma on October 12.
Refunds for the San Diego show are available at point of purchase.