Shows in Manchester, England will go on as scheduled following Monday’s (May 22) deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
That includes Tuesday’s Brent Cobb performance at the Deaf Institute, which is three miles away from the arena. The singer-songwriter is on a two-week tour overseas with shows in Ireland, the U.K. and Europe. He resumes Chris Stapleton‘s All-American Road Show on June 9 in Southaven, Mississippi.
We pulled into Manchester today at 15:30. There were parents walking with their children, school kids hanging out on the sidewalks with their friends of all different colors and religions, there were people flagging cabs and taking trains, couples having coffee, there was conversation and laughter. There was no fear. Just regular ol' life still being lived. We're glad to be here. #weaintscared
The Cadillac Three have performances at the Download Music Festivals in Donington, England and Paris in June and have no plans of backing out of them. When asked last August whether they worry about a similar tragedy happening at one of their shows, they said they don’t give those thoughts any power.
“Every now and then, it does cross my mind,” Johnston told CMT.com. “You think about it especially when we play for these really large crowds and you can’t see everybody, or those sweaty club shows where there’s no clear exit. You try to not let it get to you because if you do that, obviously they win — the crazies win.”
The Download Festival website and social media accounts have gone dark for 48 hours in a show of silence in sympathy for those affected by Monday’s attack.
According to CNN, the terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which has killed 22 people including the suspected bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi. But it has offered no evidence to support its claim. It is the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the London bombings in 2005.
President Donald Trump slammed the attack in a press conference from Israel while on his first tour of the Middle East since taking office. “So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” he said. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.”
Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour in the wake of the tragedy. “Broken,” she shared online. “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017