U2 have announced they will be cancelling their concert in St. Louis due to security concerns over recent violent protests.
— U2 (@U2) September 16, 2017
The concerns are related to the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. Violent protests broke out on Friday evening after Jason Stockley was found not-guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Lamar Smith.
During Friday’s riots thirty-two people were reportedly arrested and ten police officers injured. More violent protests are expected with the St. Louis Police Department left unable to provide the required security for concert-goers.
Live Nation and U2 issued a statement saying in part, “We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size…In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert.”
Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight….I found myself reading Dr. King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017? – Bono “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability….we are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.”
Bono released a statement through U2’s Instagram account revealing he is “deeply saddened” by the events in St. Louis, saying, “I found myself reading Dr. King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017?”
U2’s concert was to be held at The Dome at America’s Center, which seats 70,000. Ticket holders will be issued a refund.
U2 are not the only musicians to cancel appearances in the city. Singer Ed Sheeran has also cancelled his tour date in St. Louis amid security concerns.