Another Route 91 festival performer is cancelling shows following tragedy Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kicker Country Stampede
MANHATTAN, KS - JUNE 24: Singer/Songwriter Josh Abbott - Josh Abbott Band perform at Kicker Country Stampede - Day 2 on June 24, 2016 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kicker Country Stampede)

As country music fans continue to grapple with the statistics that 59 people died and more than 500 others were injured after a cowardly shooter took aim at them at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, the underlying injuries of thousands of people who escaped unharmed have begun to materialize.

They are the people that were there and watched the tragedy unfold.

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Recently, Route 91 performers the Josh Abbott Band joined Jason Aldean and others in cancelling some shows in order to take the time to begin healing some of those emotional injuries.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families of the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the overall health of our band and crew, we have decided to cancel our shows this weekend in College Station and Waco, [Texas,]” the band posted on its Instageam page Oct. 5. “This week has been emotional as we try to process what happened. It would be disingenuous for us to pretend like this is a normal week of shows. It wouldn’t be fair to you the fans or to ourselves. We will resume touring on Oct. 14 in Houston. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is the right decision after the tragedy that just occurred. Please contact the venues with further questions. We thank all of you for your love and support during this difficult time.”

According to an article in the San Antonio Express-News, the band’s announcement was met with at least one unbelievable response, as a so-called fan by the name of Haley commented with “little bitch.” The band quickly responded back on Twitter that, “The band and crew are just a little shaken after being shot at last weekend and might need some time to decompress.”


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The original tweet, along with the subsequent response, has now been deleted.

As noted in their post, the Josh Abbott Band’s next show will now take place on Oct. 14. But as far as we are concerned, they should take all the time they need.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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