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Jason Aldean cancels tour dates 'out of respect' for Las Vegas victims

Jason Aldean has cancelled three gigs this weekend as a mark of respect for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

The country music singer was performing on stage at the at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Monday when Stephen Paddock began shooting into the audience, killing 59 and injuring 527.

On Tuesday, Aldean took to Twitter to inform fans he would be cancelling gigs in LA, San Diego and Anaheim.

He said: "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."

The singer said he will resume the tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma the following week.

"Our first time back on stage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us," he added.  "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."

He concluded: "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, JA."

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