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Las Vegas Shooting: Live Nation’s Michael Rapino and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta Lead Industry Reactions

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, members of the music industry have begun reacting with a stunned mix of thoughts, prayers and…

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, members of the music industry have begun reacting with a stunned mix of thoughts, prayers and grief across social media. Officially the worst mass shooting in American history, over 400 people were hospitalized following the sniper-style attack, with 58 dead.

President Donald Trump offered his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims, while Barack Obama said he and Michelle Obama were “praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy,” and Bill Clinton said he was “thinking of the victims and responders in Las Vegas. This should be unimaginable in America.” Pope Francis called the shooting a “senseless tragedy.”

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Reactions are also trickling in from music execs ranging from Michael Rapino of Live Nation, the concert giant behind Route 91 and dozens of other festivals, as well as Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta, radio personality Bobby Bones and the Country Music Association. Here is a running list below:

Music Managers Forum

“The MMF-US, along with The International Music Managers Forum, the global representatives of managers and artists extends its prayers and heartfelt grief to those concertgoers, families, musicians and everyone in Las Vegas. This home grown tragedy leaves us lost for words in many ways. It’s unthinkable that the joy artists bring to their audience in music, especially the close knit community values of country music can be so cruely destroyed creating ultimate suffering. You are in our thoughts and want to let you all know we feel your pain, share your load and support your strength at this time.”