Sugarland Honor The Dead With Silence At First Show After Tragedy

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August 19, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Country music duo Sugarland returned to the stage on Thursday night for their first concert since a stage collapse killed six fans at the Indiana State Fair last weekend – and called for silence to honor the dead.
Over 10,000 fans were waiting for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush’s appearance atthe fair when a sudden storm brought the main stage crashing down.

More than 40 people were injured as a result of the catastrophe and five fans died under the demolished stage.

A sixth person died from her injuries on Friday.

Taking to the stage for a gig in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday, Nettles asked fans to take a moment to remember the victims of the tragedy.

She said, “I am sure that by now all of you are well aware of the tragedy that occurred at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday. Moments before we were about to take the stage, a huge gust of wind blew in and collapsed the entire stage, wounding over 40 people and killing five. In honor of those people who were wounded and those beautiful lives that were lost, we ask you to stand and join us now in a moment of silence.”

The duo then dedicated the show’s opening number, Love, to their dead fans.

Nettles then added, “Obviously, in the loss of our set and our instruments and our equipment, this incredible machine looks very different right now. But we are going to try our best to put on our professional faces and come out here for you and celebrate a moment with you of the joy and the healing power of music.”

Nettles and Bush are planning to return to Indianapolis to host a private service and memorial concert honoring the victims of the stage collapse.