Rare Country has just learned that Jason Aldean is canceling upcoming dates on his “They Don’t Know Tour” in the wake of the shocking events that took place during Jason’s Oct. 1 show in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
In a press release, Jason explained his difficult decision:
“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.”
Dates affected by this decision include this weekend’s shows (Oct. 6, 7 and 8) in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California. The tour is expected to resume Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Jason was obviously affected more than other artists who performed at the festival as the gunfire began in the middle of his show. Newsreels have shown video of the country music superstar looking confused as shots rang out from a window at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino before he realized what was happening and fled the stage.
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I took this video of @jasonaldean at 10:02pm last night … less than 5 minutes before the shots started. It's one of my favorite songs and it's the reason I asked Brie if we could stay a little longer. I broke down when I saw it earlier today and immediately reached out to Brie to say I'm sorry for making us stay. My knee jerk reaction is to want to hide and to be angry at the world. The fact that this man used this event to hurt and kill others has left my heart broken but I refuse to let my heart be hardened. I'll be DAMNED if I let this take away the one thing I've loved all of my life. Music is my first love and will always be what I go to for comfort. Live music is where we get to escape and feel whatever we need to feel. Music helps. Music heals. Music brings us together. I am proud to call Las Vegas my home and proud to be a country music fan. 🎶💖🎶💔🎶💖 #rt91harvest #jasonaldean #music #vegas #lasvegas #country #countrylove #countrymusic #countryboys #firstlove #prayforlasvegas #wewillgetthroughthis #loveoverhateAdvertisement
Jason and wife Brittany are expecting a baby in December, and he is scheduled to wrap his 2017 tour season on Nov. 12 with the “Country Rising” concert.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jason, Brittany, his band, crew, and all of their families while they continue to try to process the events of the weekend.