Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of the
group Sugarland perform their song "Love"
in remembrance of the people killed and hurt
in the stage that collapsed at the Indiana
State Fair last week during their concert at the
Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, Thursday,
Aug. 18, 2011.
Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal
(Albuquerque, NM) - Country stars Sugarland took the stage for the first time Thursday night since the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair Saturday that killed five people.
Singer Jennifer Nettles shared a message and song at their show in New Mexico that was carried live on television and over the Internet in Indianapolis.
“We are going to try our best to put on our professional faces and come out here for you and celebrate a moment with you the joy and the healing power of music,” Nettles told the crowd.
Nettles asked for a moment of silence to honor the victims in Indy before the band performed the song "Love."
Sugarland was minutes from starting their show at the Indiana State Fair when the winds kicked up and destroyed the stage.
Thousands of concert-goers also attended a memorial concert in Indianapolis Thursday.
Train lead singer Pat Monahan says they felt they had to follow through with last night's concert inIndianapolis. His band along with Maroon 5, the Indiana State Fair and Pacers Sports and Entertainment donated the proceeds to the victims.
"To not come here would have been the first mistake," Monahan said. "And then to come here and leave with money that could help people would have been the second."
Guitarist Jimmy Stafford said the show felt similar to the first concert they played after 9-11.
He added the tragedy touched them as their former keyboard player is now playing with Sugarland, who were about to take the stage when it collapsed.
Last night's show was moved from the State Fair to Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Indiana State Fair is offering free admission Friday to thank Hoosiers for their support following Saturday night's fatal stage collapse in the grandstand.