Jason Aldean cancels shows in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Jason Aldean cancels shows in wake of Las Vegas shooting
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Country singer Jason Aldean has canceled his concerts for this coming weekend in the wake of the mass shooting that occurred during his set at a music festival in Las Vegas.

"As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend's shows," Aldean said in a statement posted to Twitter.

"I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do."

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Aldean said it has been an "emotional time" for everyone involved.

"We plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends," he said.

Aldean said he plans to resume touring the following week in 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," he said.

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

Aldean went on to thank the support he has received from his friends and fans.

"You guys have no idea how much you have helped to get us through this tough time," he said.

Aldean was performing on stage when the suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the crowd.

At least 59 people died and hundreds were injured in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, Aldean said the country has a "long way to go" and is becoming "the king of place I am afraid to raise my children in."