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A Note from Sugarland

Sugarland took to their website and wrote a letter following the horrific stage collapse at their show Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair.

"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.

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08/16/2011 3:10PM
A Note from Sugarland
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08/16/2011 11:31PM
You've paid it forward; your fans are ready to help you heal when you are ready to return
Your music has spread a message of love, hope and living life to it's fullest to so many of your fans, and we appreciate it so much. Take time to heal and know your fans will be there to support you - when you are ready. In the mean time, your focus needs to be on yourselves and your families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all those impacted by the tragedy. God bless you and may His grace help you heal in this time of sorrow.
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