US: BMG expresses sadness at Las Vegas festival shooting
BMG today expressed its sadness at events at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last night (Sunday, October 1) in which at least 50 are reported dead and 400 injured.
The shooting occurred during a set by Jason Aldean signed to BMG label Broken Bow Records (BBR). Aldean, his band and crew and two BMG staff members who were attending the festival were all uninjured.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “We are horrified by the events in Las Vegas overnight and relieved to report that all of our people have escaped uninjured. Too many others were not so fortunate. We send our condolences and best wishes to all of those affected by this dreadful act.”
Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group, said, “While our artists and staff are safe, our hearts are broken for those listeners in our extended family who just wanted to share a night of great music and the camaraderie that is the hallmark of country music."
Masuch confirmed that a reception in London tonight to launch Country Music Week and featuring BMG artists would go ahead in spite of the shooting in Las Vegas.
“Faced with such horrific events, it is only human to consider cancelling,” said Masuch, “but everyone involved was unanimous in their determination to carry on. The spirit of music is the spirit of life and it will not be intimidated.”
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