Nobody expected the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival to end the way it did. Jason Aldean, the three-day festival closer, never expected to leave the stage in panic and disarray. A three-day country music festival that was meant to bring people closer together and closer to the music ended in terror, chaos, and tragedy.
Now, with fifty-nine innocent lives lost and 527 more people overcoming injuries, the world is darker and those who survived the deadliest massacre in modern United States history are completely shaken. One person who is still unable to comprehend the incident that took place on Sunday night is the artist the victims and survivors were watching at the time gunfire rang out from Mandalay Bay: Jason Aldean.
To say Aldean, the other artists, and the camps of the performers have handled this tragic event with class is an understatement. They have each cast aside their own emotions to continuously reach out to the others affected by the shooting and offer condolences and gestures of humanity. Now, with Aldean still trying to make sense of what he witnessed and experienced, the Entertainer of the Year has forfeited three of his concerts out of respect and care for those who were killed at the festival and their loved ones.
In regard to cancelling his three weekend dates in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim), Aldean said in a statement:
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.
Tickets for this weekend’s dates will be fully refunded. Aldean will return to his normal touring schedule in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 12.