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Garth Brooks, who has been out on the road touring all year long, had a message to share the night after learning about the gunman who opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 more.

“The show must go on,” he said.

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“This has been rough. I don’t think any of us have slept now for the past 24 hours,” Garth said during his weekly “Inside Studio G” Facebook chat on Oct. 2. “We don’t have a gig until Thursday in Indianapolis. So, I’m going to get a second to digest [the news].


“I can’t imagine the artists that have gigs tonight,” he added. “I know you’re probably wondering what to do. So, here’s my advice: the show must go on.”

Garth, who was visibly emotional during his chat, went onto say that even “when things go bad,” people should continue to try and stay strong.

“Doctors go to work, policemen go to work, musicians go to work,” he said, after thanking the first responders, hospital staffers, artists, their crews and concertgoers for showing such courage in the midst of the tragedy.

“Things are going bad, and they need music. They need the power of that healing,” he continued. “So if you’ve got a gig tonight, you have all my strength and all my love. But, the show must go on, because those people in those seats come to get away from it all. They come to be happy. [They come to] be joyous, to sing and to love one another.”

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Following his remarks, Garth strummed on his guitar and offered up a poignant performance of his 1995 single “The Change.”

He then ended his message with a message of love. “Love you guys. Love you Las Vegas,” he said.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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