Country singer Jason Aldean has announced that he will be canceling his upcoming tour dates on October 6th, 7th and 8th in California out of respect for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
He will resume his tour on October 12th.
Aldean was performing at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas when suddenly the sound of gunshots drained out the sound of his music and everyone started to run and duck for cover. Stephen Paddock opened fire at the crowd of 22,000 concert-goers from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and no one seems to know why. Nine minutes of gunshots led to at least 59 deaths and 527 injuries, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The horrifying repercussions of this tragedy has left so many in shock and sadness, including Jason Aldean, which can be deferred from a statement he released via Twitter the morning of Tuesday, October 3rd:
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) October 3, 2017
His statement in full reads:
“Over the last 24 hours I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely 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. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas”
He then released a statement later that day explaining his reasoning for his tour date cancellations. It read:
“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 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 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.”