Ed Sheeran canceled his sold-out Sunday night concert in St. Louis’ at the Scottrade Center due to safety concerns coming from the protests in the town.
Like U2, who terminated their Saturday night performance in St. Louis, the promoters of Sheeran’s tour were concerned the security would be understaffed for the concert due to the unrest in St. Louis.
“With the safety of the fans being of utmost concern, and after consulting with local officials, who could not fully commit to providing a sufficient amount of police and other city services support, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel Sunday night’s show,” Messing touring Group said in a statement.
They added, “While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018.” The tickets for Sunday’s concert are going to be refunded.
On Friday, the judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty regarding murder in the brutal 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley had been also accused of planting a gun in order to claim self-defense.
After the verdict, protesters marched through the entire city. However, the protests became more aggressive during the night, with rocks thrownn the direction of law enforcement. Nine officers had been injured and over 32 individuals were arrested during the unrest Fri night.
On Saturday, U2 stated about their decision to terminate their Saturday night concert, “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.”
Bono added in a individual statement, “Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight. I found myself reading Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017?”
Other St. Louis-area events that were canceled this particular weekend include the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance involving Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a live concert by comedian Mike Birbiglia and the city’s Shakespeare in the Streets event.