by Mitchell Peters, Billboard
U2 and Ed Sheeran have canceled concerts planned for St. Louis this weekend over security concerns as the city faces violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
Promoter Live Nation and U2 wrote in a statement that the St. Louis Police Department would not be able to provide the "standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size" for the planned Saturday (Sept. 16) concert. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.
"In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert," the statement read. "As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."