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“We are all changed by what happened then,” Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles told a packed crowd in Indianapolis.
That kicked off an emotional two-and-a-half-hour makeup show Friday night (Oct. 28) after an Aug. 13 show was canceled when high winds toppled stage equipment and killed seven fans and injured dozens of others at the Indiana State Fair.
“Obviously we are here in October; we were supposed to do this show in August. Obviously, the stage is different, you are different and we are different,” Jennifer said, according to the Associated Press .
“We are all changed by what happened then,” she said. “But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight.”
Many folks who were injured Aug. 13 at the state fairgrounds came out for Friday night’s show at Conesco Fieldhouse. And that included 17-year-old Brad Humphrey, who now uses a wheelchair after the accident.
Brad’s mother, Sue, said she was moved when Jennifer walked through the crowd hoisting a flag that had “Heal” spray-painted on it.
“I thought that was a very, very good touch to the show,” she said.
Former Army medic Rick Stevens, 57, who rescued some fans Aug. 13, said Sugarland did a good job balancing remembrance of victims and celebrating their lives.
“I’ve seen them play five times and this is their most emotional, most heartfelt concerts I’ve seen,” Rick told the AP. “They just played their hearts out. It was a slam dunk.”