Country music star Jason Aldean was on stage on Sunday night when a gunman turned the event into the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Stephen Paddock shot down on the crowd from his 32nd-floor balcony at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. The attack resulted in at least 58 deaths and at least 500 injuries.
After the tragedy, Jason Aldean took to Instagram to express his sorrow about the incident and to ensure fans that he was safe. He was with his wife at the event as well, who is pregnant with their child.
Aldean said, "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate"
The following day, Aldean made a new Instagram post after he had processed through the incident more. He encouraged people to stand together at this time, regardless of political standing, race, or gender.
He said, “We are all humans and we are all Americans and it’s time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!” The singer also extended his sympathy for the victims of the tragic incident.
Now, Aldean has decided to cancel all of his upcoming shows. He will no longer perform in Los Angeles, San Diego, or Anaheim, California, shows originally set for October 6-8.
He said, “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."
Aldean noted that he made the decision in order to give time to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. He wants to give everyone time to process, including his band who was on stage during the horrifying event.
The singer said, "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."
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