The band announced this morning that it was canceling its concert scheduled for tonight at the Dome at America's Center. "We cannot risk fans' safety," Live Nation said in a brief statement.
Protests broke out in downtown St. Louis yesterday, and then more dramatically in the Central West End last night, after former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted on charges of first-degree murder.
Police teargassed protesters in both neighborhoods, and several businesses in the Central West End had their storefronts shattered.
The band and Live Nation said this in a joint statement:
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. We have also been informed that 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. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment.
Live Nation says that fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund via credit card. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available at the point of purchase on Monday.
See also: Police Teargas Protesters in the Central West End
There have been reports that the concert venue, located near Washington Avenue and 8th Street in downtown St. Louis, could have become a target tonight.
Yesterday afternoon, the band address the cancellation via Instagram.
"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?" the band posted in a hand-written note attributed to Bono next to an illustration of the Arch.
The post then quotes from King's speech.
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.”
Editor's note: We updated this post around 3:30 p.m. with a statement from U2.
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