After the now considered as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, singer Celine Dion has extended support and concern for the victims’ families of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shooting on October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada by saying proceeds from her show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace would go to them.
Dion was all emotional as she returned to the stage in Las Vegas on Tuesday night — two days after the tragic event.
The singer has had two long-running residencies in Vegas; the first was in 2003.
According to videos taken by fans ahead of her show, Dion said: “Tonight is very different. After Sunday night’s incredibly tragic event, all of us here find ourselves asking a similar question. For you, it’s, ‘Do we still go to Celine’s show on Tuesday night, only two days after the nightmare?’ For me, it’s, ‘Can I still do my show? Should I still do my show only two days after the nightmare?’ These are difficult questions.”
Although terrified by the incident, Dion said she ultimately decided to go on with her performances “to show love and support for those who are affected.”
She added: “On Sunday, we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls and so many are still suffering. But tonight, we are going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss.”
“They are going to need a lot of love, a ton of emotional support, as well as a great deal of financial aid.”
This announcement was followed by more than 30 seconds of applause from the audience.
Watch: Celine Dion pledges concert proceeds to Vegas shooting victims.
She dedicated the show not only to the victims and their families, but also to the first responders, doctors and nurses who were working hard 24/7 to save lives.
“I want you to know that you have made the right choice in being here tonight,” the singer said.
The Sunday’s shooting killed 58 people and injured more than 500. Meanwhile, according to a statement obtained by Variety, fellow Vegas-based performer Jennifer Lopez had canceled her shows through October 7 following the shooting.
Jason Aldean, who was performing when the suspect started to rain down bullets on the crowd, also canceled his shows through October 12.