U2, Sheeran cancels shows
U2 and Ed Sheeran canceled their Saturday shows in St. Louis after local cops said they couldn’t provide the usual level of security in the wake of protests.
The St. Louis Police Department said “they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size,” the band said.
The Irish rockers and the English singer-songwriter were set to play the 70,000-seat Dome at America’s Center Saturday.
“We cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert,” the band said in a statement.
Demonstrations erupted Friday in St. Louis after a judge found former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty for fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.
U2 is offering refunds for its canceled gig; it is unclear if Sheeran will do likewise.