Country star, Jason Aldean, was on stage when gunman, Stephen Paddock, targeted a crowd of 22,000 fans who had gathered for an outdoor music festival. The singer is shown running for cover after realizing what was happening.
Now, the 40-year-old has decided to cancel the rest of his They Don’t Know Tour in the wake of the massacre which claimed 59 lives and injured hundreds more.
In an announcement on Twitter, Aldean explained, “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.”
The statement continued, “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. 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.”
Aldean, who has children from his first marriage and is expecting his first child with his new wife, was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim. As of right now, his show on October 12 in Oklahoma will go on as planned.
Undoubtedly, Aldean must need some time to recover from the scary incident as well. It must have been both horrifying and terrifying to see this all unfold from the stage. Let’s hope we never see anything like this happen again.