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Jason Aldean cancels weekend shows 'out of respect' for Las Vegas victims

Jason Aldean cancels weekend shows 'out of respect' for Las Vegas victims (Fox 17 News File photo){ }

Country music star Jason Aldean said on Tuesday that he canceled this weekend's shows out of respect for the shooting victims in Las Vegas and their families.

In a statement, Aldean said it's an emotional time for everyone. The They Don't Know tour dates are canceled in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

"I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do," Aldean said. "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."

Jason Aldean was on stage when a gunman opened fire on the crowd of more than 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. The deadly mass shooting killed at least 59 people and injured at least 527 people.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he has no doubt the shooting was "pre-planned extensively," and he believes investigators will "absolutely" determine the motive behind shooter Stephen Paddock's carnage.

Aldean said he was heartbroken after the shooting. The country star said his first show back will be next week on October 12 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," Aldean said. "I hope everyone understands why we can't play this weekend and I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed."

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Aldean's Full statement

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. 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.

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.

Thank You and God Bless.

JA

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