A Letter from Sugarland, August 16.

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM

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.


  1. sgregory71 avatar

    On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 5:56 AM, sgregory71 said:

    This is going to be the first time seeing you live. Been a fan of Kristian, since his Billy Pilgrim days. Adding Jennifer's incredible talent, there are no words to describe just how awesome you are. You were there for my state after the horrific events in Joplin, and I can't even imagine what you went through in Indy. The two of you have the purest hearts of any celebrities, along with Sara, you couldn't have picked a better opening act. The strength the three of you and your road families have shown by getting back out there to help everyone heal is amazing. I'll be in the Sugarpit with my best friends one from here in STL, the other coming down from Chicago, so when you see the oddest grouping of three gay men in the pit as close as my sugarpass will get us, that will be us! Looking forward to an awesome night of Music and healing.

    See you a week from Friday! You might want to bring warm clothes it's already been getting cool at night here (no climate change though HA).

    With Love Hope and Healing,
    Stephen G. STL

  2. Rick avatar

    On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM, Rick said:

    Please note that I will be attending your concert on October 7 in St Louis to continue our healing of the tradegy that happend in Indianapolis on August 14. We were four feet from the Center of the Stage when the stage collasped and narrowly missed our own death. Personally, once I was able to get my party to safety who were knocked down the equipment I turned around and went back in to help others who were injured! Once again, I will be wearing my Bon Jovi hat and the same outfit that i had on that night of the show in Indy.
    Please feel free to call me at 812-249-2449 and i can share many hero stories with you and I know you are in as much pain as the 12000 people there that night!! You are great performers but more importantly you are great people with big hearts. We love you and we love Sara too and that night she had the crowd primed for you. In fact, I think she is the greatest opening act you have ever had.
    God bless YOY!! Rick L Stevens -see you October 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. kes avatar

    On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 5:38 AM, kes said:

    Just watched The Incredible Machine from the debut at the Fox. Saddened to see all the set and instruments that are now gone, but then was MESMERIZED again watching Jen at the piano, alone in the dark, singing "Shine The Light". An amazing performance, as always, when she is singing and playing the piano, but rarely have the lyrics of a song so hauntingly mirrored reality. Jen, Kristian, all the members of Sugarland, and the families of those killed and injured, we are all here, wanting to shine the light for you. May you all find peace, healing and love.

  4. jennivee74 avatar

    On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM, jennivee74 said:

    Amen Fanny that was so so sweet and touching and heart felt...God bless you and your family and she is right Sugarland you are so so loved by millions world wide....youve helped me feel alive again on my darkest days and made me feel good about little ol me i am forever greatful to be your fan for life love ya always fan for life.. .

  5. Cheyberspace avatar

    On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 2:05 AM, Cheyberspace said:

    I was supposed to be there that night right on the 2nd row, but I had family coming in, so I decided not to go. I thank God everyday that he let me live, because that could have just as easily been me who was either injured or killed. He had his hands on my life that night, and he apperiently has big plans for me in the future. I love you guys, and God Bless as you go on with your tour.

  6. kschultz1993 avatar

    On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 3:33 AM, kschultz1993 said:

    You guys are the strongest people in this world. I have so much respect toward all of you guys. I went to your concert in Cincinnati on August 14, 2010. It was two days after my first day of senior year, and it made my senior year the best year I have ever had. I have been to a few concerts in my life, but the Incredible machine tour has been the best of them all. I wish you all would return to Cincy, because I would definitely come see you again even though I am a poor college freshman now. Stay strong, and God bless. =)

  7. jcg30 avatar

    On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 3:12 AM, jcg30 said:

    I wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about and praying for you. I hope you are finding some comfort in your concerts and being together on the road. I miss seeing the updates and pictures from your performances, but understand the silence. I know we will hear from you again when you are ready.

  8. @ryanmbrewer avatar

    On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 1:07 AM, @ryanmbrewer said:

    I am a local musician here in Indianapolis and I was stricken with grief and disbelief, as we all were, when I heard of the tragedy that took place at the fair. Being a songwriter, I tend to deal with these feelings by retreating to my guitar and lyric notebook.
    I wrote a song about the accident and would love for it to be used in whatever way possible to help the family members of those affected by this disaster.
    You can listen to, and download the song at: ryanmbrewer.bandcamp.com Any money made from purchasing the download there will be donated. I hope we can work together to make it the biggest aide to the ailing families it can be.

  9. sugarland #1 fan avatar

    On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM, sugarland #1 fan said:

    Sugarland is more than a band to me they are family. They care about their fans, and i care about yall. love courtney

  10. Sugarlandfollower avatar

    On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 7:53 PM, Sugarlandfollower said:

    Here's an update on some of who were injured. Our continuing prayers are so needed for those recovering. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-indianafair-recov,0,532554.story

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