Sugarland Return to the Stage Tonight for First Show Since Indiana Tragedy
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland are ready to return to the stage tonight in Albuquerque, N.M. It's the duo's first show since last weekend's deadly Indiana State Fair tragedy, and they say their show and music will help their "touring family" heal.
In a statement on their official website, Sugarland extend sympathies to the victims of Saturday's stage collapse and then explain how they're coping with the experience. The band was within minutes of taking the stage before the stage toppled over. "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."
The duo's gear and one-of-a-kind set design were destroyed in the disaster, but they're more than thankful to sacrifice instruments and monitors instead of more lives. "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."
After tonight's show, the band plays weekend shows in California and Utah.