Josh Abbott Band Cancels Weekend Tour Dates As Result of Las Vegas Shooting

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The Josh Abbott Band was one of the many acts that took the stage during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, when gunman Stephen Paddock started shooting into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

The tragic events have resulted in artists either canceling their upcoming shows or continuing on, using music as a healing tool. Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the time of the shooting, canceled three of his upcoming California tour dates and the Josh Abbott Band has recently announced the they will also be canceling their Texas dates this weekend.

The band took to Instagram to let their fans know of the cancellation.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families of the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the overall health of our band & crew, we have decided to cancel our shows this weekend in College Station and Waco,” the post read. “This week has been emotional as we try to process what happened. It would be disingenuous for us to pretend like this is a normal week of shows. It wouldn’t be fair to you the fans or to ourselves. We will resume touring on October 14th in Houston. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is the right decision after the tragedy that just occurred. Please contact the venues with further questions. We thank all of you for your love and support during this difficult time.”

Immediately following the shooting, bandmember Caleb Keeter spoke out about the tragic events and his stance on guns saying, “I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL licenses and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.”

The Josh Abbott Band tour will pick up again in Houston on Oct. 14.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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