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U2, Ed Sheeran cancel St. Louis concerts; other events also called off

U2, Ed Sheeran cancel St. Louis concerts; other events also called off

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UPDATES with Ed Sheeran canceling Sunday night St. Louis concert

ST. LOUIS • U2's concert scheduled for Saturday night at the Dome at America's Center is canceled. So is Ed Sheeran's for Sunday night at Scottrade Center. 

Live Nation and U2 announced the news 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 and U2

Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday at at point of purchase.

Later Saturday in an Instagram post on U2's account, Bono posted that he was "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?"

Sheeran's representatives cited "safety of the fans" and said he would "look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed's schedule will allow in 2018."

On Friday, former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, leading to much unrest in St. Louis including downtown and in the Central West End.

Other events got called off Saturday in the wake of the Stockley protests. PeaceFest 2017 at Harris Stowe State University was postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 28. The Science Uncorked event at the St. Louis Science Center, set for Saturday night, also was postponed. A new date was not immediately announced.

The St.Louis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday canceled its "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" concert for Saturday night and said it was working to reschedule the date. 

Another Saturday cancellation was Shakespeare in the Streets in front of the downtown St. Louis Public Library. It was a victim Friday night as well. 

Also rescheduled were comedian Mike Birbiglia's two shows Saturday night at the Pageant - moved t Dec. 10, and Will Hoge's show at Delmar Hall until Dec. 5.

A slew of events were canceled or postponed Friday as well, including the Moonlight Ramble bike ride, originally set for Saturday night. The Cardinals Care 6K run set for Sunday also was called off. 

U2's "The Joshua Tree Tour" commemorates the 30th anniversary of the band's landmark album, and is one of the year's biggest treks. The tour has two more U.S. dates before heading to South America.

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