Jason Aldean was onstage in Las Vegas this weekend when the shooting that killed nearly 60 people began. The country music singer has announced he will not perform his three scheduled shows in California this weekend, planning to “take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends”.

“As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows”, a statement from Aldean reads. “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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The cancelled shows were set to take place on 10/6 in Los Angeles, 10/7 in San Diego and 10/8 in Anaheim. Aldean plans to resume his ongoing “They Don’t Know” tour on October 12 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.

“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.” Aldean was the final act in the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, and video shows him running off-stage with his bandmates upon the realization of the fatal attack.

His announcement follows a number of cancellations in the city of Vegas, including this weekend’s performances from Jennifer Lopez. Promoters of Austin City Limits, a large music festival taking place this weekend at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, have assured fans of increased security measures and police presence at the event. They are, however, offering refunds to any ticket-holders who may feel unsafe following Sunday’s shooting.

Refunds are available for Jason Aldean’s cancelled California concerts from point of purchase. The singer apologized to fans who may be disappointed, but asks for their understanding and thanks them for “the outpouring of love” he has received in the wake of this tragedy.

Below is Aldean’s message to fans following the Vegas attack: