Country singer Jason Aldean cancels SoCal concerts in wake of Vegas shooting

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06: Singer Jason Aldean performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )

Country music performer Jason Aldean Tuesday canceled his scheduled Friday night show at The Forum in Inglewood and a Sunday concert at Honda Center in Anaheim in the wake of the mass shooting that occurred while he was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas.

"I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do,'' Aldean said in a statement. "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 also canceled a shows scheduled for Saturday night at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. His tour is set to resume Oct. 12 in Tulsa.

He said his band's first time back onstage will be "a very tough and emotional thing for us,'' but they plan to get through it together and honor those killed by playing their songs for them.

"I hope everyone understands why we can't play this weekend and I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed,'' he said. "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.''

Refunds are available at point of purchase, according to the statement.

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