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The highly-anticipated U2 concert in St. Louis, Missouri has been cancelled after the St. Louis police department told promoters that they are, ‘not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience.’
USA TODAY

Following U2’s cancellation of its Saturday night stadium show in St. Louis, Ed Sheeran’s Sunday night concert has been canceled  amid the protests over Friday’s acquittal of a police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an African-American driver.

“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,”  U2 said in a joint statement with tour promoter Live Nation published on the band’s website. 

“We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity,” they explained. “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.”

Sheeran’s tour promoter issued a similar statement about the Sunday night concert at Scottrade…