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Jason Aldean Announces He's Canceling Upcoming Shows after Las Vegas Shooting
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4 Oct 2017 03:37 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Jason Aldean (Image Source: Morgan Williams via Wikimedia Commons)

There's no doubt that witnessing a tragedy such as the worst shooting in modern-day history in the United States is life-changing.

Perhaps because of that, Jason Aldean is deciding to take a few days off after 59 people were killed at his Las Vegas concert. He's canceled a few of his upcoming shows.

On Sunday night, the country singer was performing his final song of the night in Las Vegas, "When She Says Baby." The rat-a-tat-tat sound echoed through the area which many thought were fireworks.

Instead, it was a shooter blasting away at the crowd of 22,000 from a room on the 32nd floor at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. One day later, 59 people were dead and over 500 were injured.

Initially, Aldean posted to social media to let his fans know he was safe. Later he posted again to say that it's "time to come together and stop the hate."

Again, it would have to be a life-changing event for him. These were people who were gathered to hear him play. And nearly 600 people either lost their lives or were injured in the mayhem.

Aldean released a statement explaining, "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," he continued.

"Our plan is to resume the tour the following week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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," added Aldean.

The country star then went on to thank his fans for helping him through this tough time: "I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love the last couple days. You guys have no idea how much you have helped get us through this tough time. Thank You and God Bless, JA."

Aldean has canceled his October 6 show in Los Angeles, his October 7 show in San Diego, and his October 8 show in Anaheim. He is promising to restart his tour in Tulsa, October 12.

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