Country singer Jason Aldean has canceled his upcoming weekend of live dates in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
Aldean was on stage last Sunday headlining the final evening of the Route 91 Harvest festival when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500.
“As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows,” Aldean, 40, confirmed to EW via a statement. “I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do.”
He continued, “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.”
Looking forward, he anticipates that those first shows will be daunting. “Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us,” he continued, “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 ended by thanking his fans for their support this week. “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 us get through this tough time.”
Aldean has been active on social media following the attack, penning two emotional notes to his fan base calling for tolerance and love during this time of crisis.
Aldean was scheduled to play in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim, California.