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U2 cancels St. Louis show Saturday over concerns regarding security

U2’s Bono (left) and the Edge performed in Kansas City Tuesday, but their St. Louis show scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.
U2’s Bono (left) and the Edge performed in Kansas City Tuesday, but their St. Louis show scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. along@kcstar.com

U2 announced that it is canceling its Saturday show in St. Louis over concerns about security.

Live Nation and U2 informed fans on Saturday of the cancellation of the show that was supposed to be Saturday, Sept. 16, at The Dome.

“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,” Live Nation and U2 said in a statement.

“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.”

We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

Protests in St. Louis erupted Friday after the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black.

The mostly peaceful protests turned violent after dark as police officers responded to several locations in the city’s Central West End.

The statement from the band and Live Nation said fans who purchased tickets online will receive refunds on their credit cards. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the place where fans purchased their tickets.

On Sept. 12, U2 will play at Arrowhead Stadium to commemorate the 30th anniversary of "The Joshua Tree." Here's a look at the massive stage U2 will be performing on. All stage photos from STUFISH.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Michelle Smith: 816-234-4356, @michellesmithkc

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