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Sugarland returns to the stage

Thursday, August 18, 2011 – Sugarland returned to the stage on Thursday in New Mexico for the first time since Saturday's tragic accident in Indianapolis, which killed five people.

Lead singer Jennifer Nettles came out with fellow member Kristian Bush prior to the start of the regular concert. An emotional Nettles prefaced a moment by silence by saying she was "sure that all of you by now are aware" of the accident.

Following a few moments of silent of the wounded and "the beautiful lives that were lost," Bush started strumming an acoustic guitar with Nettles singing Love from their disc "Love on the Inside." Their road crew of about 80 people joined them on stage.

Following the performance, Nettles said, "We know Albuquerque that you guys came to see a show Obviously, in the loss of our set and our instruments and our equipment, this Incredible Machine looks very different right now. ...We are going to try our best to put on our professional faces...and celebrate with a moment with you the joy and the healing power of music."

The accident occurred prior to Sugarland taking the stage when a big gust of wind toppled the entire stage with the steel structure going into the crowd. Sugarland canceled a Sunday show in Iowa. The band returned to the stage in New Mexico with very simple staging. A report said they had just received their instruments that afternoon.

A video of the comments and performance is available.

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