Stamos shared a heartfelt message on Instagram Tuesday, revealing that he is currently staying at a hotel less than half a mile from the arena ahead of his performance with the Beach Boys at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on Wednesday.
“I can’t help but think of these young kids who just wanted to go to a concert and sing and dance and be taken away if just for the night,” he wrote. “I was one of those kids doing the same when I was young hanging out at Beach Boys shows. The songs may be different… but it’s the same joy those young kids felt Monday night in Manchester.”
Stamos said that concerts have long been considered “enduring symbols of freedom and liberty.”
“You cheer, you sing, you dance. You leave exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. You remember every show you attend. They’re all special,” he said.
Continued the actor, 53, “I think of all those parents who surprised their kids with tickets and my heart aches. I think of all those fans and how important that show was to them. My heart aches for the victims, their families and music fans everywhere.”
Stamos said that he left his hotel room to walk around the area near the site of the bombing, thinking, “How do we explain this to kids? How do you make sense of such a horrific tragedy?”
He wrote that he found comfort in seeing a police officer talking to a small child, the image of which he shared alongside his message.
The moment “reminded me that compassion and love will always conquer hate,” he added.
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Stamos dedicated his Wednesday performance to the memory of those lost. “Manchester will be in my heart now and always,” he concluded.
On Tuesday, U.K. authorities formally identified the suspect in the deadly bombing as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. They believe he detonated an improvised explosive device about 10:33 p.m. local time near the ticket office outside the Manchester Arena, but are still investigating whether he acted alone or in conjunction with a larger network, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.