I can not personally imagine the pain and sorrow that country duo Sugarland is going through right now. They love their fans, families and friends.
The tragedy that unfolded with the stage collapse due to a strong wind gust at their concert in the Indian State Fair was chilling. The families and friends and the the city of Indianapolis are in mourning. Services for those killed in the incident are going on as I type this story. All of that being said Jennifer and Christian have sent a letter out to their fans, friends and family to shed some light on where they are mentally and emotionally just a few short days after the tragedy. I just received it from their record label Mercury records and knowing how many fans they have here in the Capital Region I decided to share it with you here and now on WGNA.com
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.
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.