Sugarland Resuming Tour, Planning Memorial Service
Sugarland announced they are resuming their tour on Thursday as well as planning a memorial service to honor victims of the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair, but will wait until grieving families have "time to go through their own services" before moving forward.
"Until that time we are holding vigil for them," the band said in a statement Tuesday. "We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing."
The group -- Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush -- said that part of their own healing process was to get back on the road and resume their tour, despite sustaining huge losses during Saturday's stage accident that left five people dead and dozens injured. Their next show is scheduled for Albuquerque, N.M. on Thursday.
"The logistics have us needing to replace all of our instruments and equipment," they said, calling their destroyed set "a loss that is insignificant in light of the tragedy."
A memorial service was held Monday at the fair in Indianapolis to honor the victims of the weekend's tragedy, when a stage collapsed under the force of 60-70 mph winds, killing five and sending 45 to the hospital, some with critical injuries. The incident occurred 30 minutes after Sara Bareilles' set and just moments before Sugarland was scheduled to perform.
Two of the remaining concerts scheduled for the state fair have been canceled, but a third -- Maroon 5 and Train -- has been moved to another venue for Thursday and will raise money for the families of the victims.