After the devastating Indiana State Fair stage collapse, which occurred just after Sara Bareilles‘ act and just before country duo Sugarland were set to take the stage, the musicians took to Twitter and expressed their shock and dismay about the four deaths and dozens of injuries.
Now, Sugarland has released a letter to fans via their official site, to update them on the situation and assure them that the fallen fans will be honored. Read the letter in its entirety below.
Dear Fans, Family and Friends,
We have taken a couple of days to try and even begin to emotionally
process the magnitude and gravity of the tragedy in Indiana on Saturday.
While the path to healing from this type of trauma and loss is long and
winding, we wanted to reach out and update you on where we are and how
We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to
honor those fans who died. We would first like to hold space so that
their families can have time to go through their own services and
memorials. Until that time we are holding vigil for them. We join them
on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer
them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury we hold you up
with prayers for complete healing of your own.
We are also addressing our own specific healing. Our road family
experienced its traumas together. While we all scattered to our given
families for their comfort, the trauma we experienced together binds us
in a unique way that we share only with each other, and those who were
there. There is healing in our being together. There is healing in our
working together. For this reason we are planning to get back on the
road this weekend, beginning with our scheduled show in Albuquerque this
Thursday, August 18th. The emotions have us yearning to be close to
each other immediately. The logistics have us needing to replace all of
our instruments and equipment. (The set is a loss that is insignificant
in light of the tragedy.)
This Incredible Machine is more than a tour and more than a set. We
have always celebrated music as a Healer. While music cannot change the
events and losses at the Indiana State Fair, it can hopefully serve as a
ritual and a balm to provide comfort and facilitate healing in this
time of great sorrow. We hope to see you all soon.