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Country music star cancels concerts after Las Vegas shooting, will resume tour in Tulsa

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson perform at the Staples Center during the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

TULSA, Okla. – A country music star says he is canceling concerts that were set for this weekend after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the crowd. In all, 59 people were killed and more than 500 others were wounded.

On Tuesday, Aldean announced that he was canceling this weekend’s shows out of respect for the victims.

“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,” a note from Aldean read.

Aldean was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim this weekend.

Instead, the tour will resume on Oct. 12 in Tulsa.