Following huge protest on the streets of the city of St. Louis, U2 was forced to cancel a live performance.
The announcement came after police told the band that they will not be able to provide adequate protection amid ongoing demonstration. The band wrote in an official 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.”
In U2’s official Instagram page, Bono said, “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?'”
In addition to this, he quoted Dr King, as he wrote, “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.”
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