Country singer Jason Aldean announced on Tuesday that he would be cancelling his weekend shows after Sunday’s shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. Aldean was performing on stage when the shooting occurred.
“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 posted to his website and Twitter. “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.”
Aldean also gave a shout out 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.”
Refunds are available for those who purchased tickets for the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim concerts from Oct. 6-8, and fans who were selected to attend a meet-and-greet with Aldean will have the opportunity to do so during next year’s tour. Aldean will resume this year’s tour in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 12.
The Las Vegas shooting resulted in 59 deaths and over 500 injuries from either the bullets or the resulting stampede. Aldean released a statement on Tuesday, in which he expressed his grief and distress and called for Americans to “stop the hate” and “come together as ONE!”