Sugarland & Sara Bareilles cancel Iowa concert after Indiana State Fair tragedy

Aug 14, 2011 at 6:40 p.m. ET

Sugarland and Sara Bareilles have canceled their Iowa State Fair concert after a stage collapse killed fans at the Indiana State Fair.

Sugarland and Sara Bareilles are still reeling from the catastrophic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night. The two acts -- on a summer tour together -- have canceled their Sunday night concert at the Iowa State Fair after five people were killed and dozens more injured during the collapse.

Sugarland and Sara Bareilles cancel concert in Iowa

"Due to the concert tragedy in Indianapolis last night Sugarland is unable to perform their show tonight, August 14, at the Iowa State Fair and cannot be rescheduled," Iowa State Fair officials wrote in a website statement. "Aside from coping with the magnitude of the accident, the ongoing investigation prevents the band from getting what may remain of their stage equipment."

The cancelation is definitely the best choice, even if Iowa fans will be disappointed. Both Bareilles and Sugarland are heartbroken over the tragedy -- and it would be difficult to perform after such an incident.

"I'm still thinking of all those affected from last night's stage collapse. My heart is here in Indiana. :( #prayforIndy," Bareilles tweeted Sunday afternoon. She left the stage just a few minutes before the collapse -- and she even commented on the beautiful fair weather. Soon after, a violent storm blew through, causing the stage to crumble.

"Our apologies and gratitude to the people of Iowa for understanding our absence tonight from the scheduled show. We'll hope to see you soon."

Sugarland also spoke out after the Saturday night tragedy.

"We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you'll join us. They need your strength."

Despite the cancelation, the Iowa State Fair plans to honor the Indiana victims with a fireworks show and moment of silence.

"The fireworks display traditionally held after Grandstand concerts will be held at 10 p.m. tonight in remembrance of the victims of the stage collapse," officials added in their statement. "In addition, the Iowa State Fair will hold a moment of silence tomorrow morning prior to the singing of the national anthem. Our thoughts are with the Indiana State Fair and all the victims of the concert tragedy."

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