In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Jason Aldean cancels his weekend concerts "out of respect"

ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean is calling off his upcoming concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim, California this weekend, in light of Sunday night's mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows,” Jason says in a statement. “I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do.”

At least 59 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured when alleged shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 fans during Aldean’s closing set at the outdoor festival.

“It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week,” the two-time Entertainer of the Year adds, “so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends.”

The Georgia native’s They Don’t Know Tour will resume October 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us,” Jason admits, “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.”

He concludes by thanking his friends and fans for the “outpouring of love...over the last couple days.”

“I hope everyone understands why we can’t play this weekend,” he reiterates, “and I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed.”

Refunds for the cancelled concerts will be available at the point of purchase.

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Watch now: Rascal Flatts joke about "aging out" of the CMA Awards, jokingly diss Little Big Town

Watch now: Rascal Flatts joke about "aging out" of the CMA Awards, jokingly diss Little Big TownABC/Image Group LARascal Flatts are not attending the CMA Awards this year,since they're not nominated and they're not performing. But Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have a unique explanation for why that is.

"We've actually aged out," Jay tells ABC Radio, with mock regret. "They actually sent us a letter saying 'You've aged out, you're not eligible anymore.'"

"Which is hurtful," Joe Don notes. 

"It is hurtful," Jay agrees.

But despite not attending the show this year, Rascal Flatts are still CMA voters.  They joke that they're taking this opportunity to make sure their pretend rivals Little Big Town -- who, like them, have won the Vocal Group of the Year six times -- don't pull ahead.

"We've started voting for everybody BUT Little Big Town, so they won't break our record," cracks Jay. 

He continues, joking, "It's heartbreaking what's happened to them in the last couple of years with the drug abuse, and Kimberly in and out of rehab...I don't wanna get into all that, that's a private matter."

"Yeah, she's cooking up a little more than just food now," Joe Don cracks.

"We'll pray for them but we won't vote for them!" Jay finishes.

You'll just have to tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if Little Big Town can break Rascal Flatts' record despite the guys' best efforts.

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