Jason Aldean has canceled this weekend’s scheduled concerts in California in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday (October 1). Aldean was on stage when a gunman opened fire on the crowd of 22,000, killing 59 and injuring 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 wrote in a statement on social media. “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.”
The “Dirt Road Anthem” singer plans to resume his tour on October 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a concert that he knows will be an emotional time for him and his crew.
“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.”
Aldean concluded his statement with an apology to any of his California fans who are disappointed about the canceled concerts. He also thanked the friends and fans for their “outpouring of love” over the last couple of days.
“You guys have no idea how much you have helped get us through this tough time.”
Read Jason’s statement in full below.