Daily Archives: September 16, 2017

Ed Sheeran Cancels St. Louis Concert Over Safety Concerns

Ed Sheeran canceled his sold-out Sunday night concert at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center due to safety concerns stemming from the protests in the city.

Like U2, who canceled their Saturday night performance at St. Louis’ the Dome at America’s Center, the promoters of Sheeran’s tour were concerned that security would be understaffed at the concert due to the unrest throughout St. Louis.

“With the safety of the fans being of upmost 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.” Tickets for Sunday’s concert will be refunded.

On Friday, a judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder in the brutal 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was also accused of planting a gun at the scene in order to claim self-defense.

Following the verdict, protesters marched throughout the city. However, the protests became more aggressive at night, with rocks thrown in the direction of law enforcement. Nine officers were injured and over 32 people were arrested during the unrest Friday night.

On Saturday, U2 said of the decision to cancel their Saturday night show, “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 separate 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 weekend include the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a concert by comedian Mike Birbiglia and the city’s Shakespeare in the Streets event, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports

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'Deeply Saddened' Bono on St. Louis: 'Is This 1968 or 2017?'

Bono has issued a statement regarding the situation in St. Louis after protests in the city in part forced the cancellation of U2‘s Saturday night concert.

“Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight,” Bono wrote on Instagram next to a sketch of the city’s Gateway Arch. “I found myself reading Dr. King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017?”

Bono then shared the quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech: “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.”

Saturday night’s U2 concert at the Dome at America’s Center was canceled over safety concerns: With the St. Louis Police Department monitoring the continuing protests throughout the city and thus unable to police the concert, both the band and Live Nation felt the venue would be understaffed security-wise.

“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,” the band said in a statement Saturday morning.

On Friday, a judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder in the brutal 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was also accused of planting a gun at the scene in order to claim self-defense.

Following the verdict, protesters gathered throughout the city. However, by nightfall, the protests turned violent, with rocks thrown in the direction of law enforcement. Nine officers were injured and over 32 people were arrested during the unrest, which came two years and one month after the Michael Brown decision sparked in a similar situation in nearby Ferguson.

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Hear Tim Heidecker's New Spoof 'Bob Dylan's Trump Campaign Song'

Tim Heidecker combines two frequent targets of his song parodies on the comedian’s new track “Bob Dylan’s Trump Campaign Song.”

“Here’s the song Bob Dylan wrote and recorded for Donald Trump’s 2026 Presidential Campaign. Unfortunately, it was never used,” Heidecker wrote on his Bandcamp.

With his pitch-perfect Dylan impersonation, Heidecker sings on the track “Fake news about the environment / Global warming it’s a hoax / Job killing regulations killing regular folks / Small business man is overtaxed ain’t no way he can hire / Ain’t never been a time when things have been so dire.”

“Bob Dylan’s Trump Campaign Song” is available to download now for $1, with all proceeds going toward hurricane relief.

Over the years, the Tim & Eric star has spoofed both Dylan and Trump in song: In 2012, Heidecker mocked Dylan’s epic 14-minute song about the Titanic with a 15-minute track titled “Bob Dylan’s Titanic.” Heidecker’s “Talkin’ Nobel Prize,” a nonchalant response to the prestigious honor, followed in October 2016.

The comedian has also poked fun at Trump with songs like the “Margaritaville”-aping “Mar-a-Lago,” about Trump’s Florida resort, as well as “Trump’s Pilot” and “Trump Talkin’ Nukes.”

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U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert Over Safety Concerns Due to Protests

U2‘s Saturday night concert at St. Louis’ Dome at America’s Center has been canceled due to the protests currently taking place in the city following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver.

“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,” the band and Live Nation said in a statement.

On Friday, former police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Following the verdict, protestors and activists marched in the streets of St. Louis, with the protests eventually blocking highways and congregating outside the mayor’s home, CNN reports.

At least 23 people were arrested as the protests turned violent Friday night as protestors threw rocks at law enforcement, injuring four officers. Tear gas was eventually used to disperse the crowd.

Due to the number of police officers needed to contain the continued protests, organizers felt the concert security would be understaffed.

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

Fans who purchased tickets to Saturday’s U2 concert will receive refunds.

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Kid Rock Continues to Court Controversy at Latest Detroit Concert

With its funding backed in part by Detroit taxpayers’ money, and in a city where more than 80 percent of the people are black, hosting Kid Rock as the inaugural act at the new Little Caesars Arena—which opened Tuesday with the first show of Rock’s six-night stand—fueled controversy in the Motor City.

Some Detroiters were furious over Rock’s long-time use of the Confederate flag in his performances, a symbol associated with racism and segregation. He was also an early supporter of President Donald Trump, whose agenda often fuels divisiveness. Recently, Rock has teased that he may run for U.S. Senate, too.

The pristine, $863 million state-of-the-art arena, made possible by the people of Detroit, launched with a rocky start. On Tuesday as doors opened to the facility’s first-ever event, a protest with some 200 individuals marched outside of the venue. Many were protesting the public funding used to build the arena and Rock’s use of the Confederate flag, among other issues. It remained peaceful, but that didn’t stop some Kid Rock fans and protestors from slinging profanities at one another.

Another group of 200, a biker club, rode by the arena as protestors marched, revving their motors. Down the street, a Trump parade float stationed itself within view of fans. Earlier in the day, the Detroit Free Press announced that Rock’s management had denied the newspaper credentials after Free Press editorial page editor wrote a column critiquing the arena’s choice to open with Rock.

“You guys wrote a fucked up story and allowed it to be published,” said Rock’s publicist Kirt Webster in a phone call to the newspaper. “You want a quote, there it is.”

When all was said and done, it was choppy waters for the venue’s opening night, which left fans and other Detroiters with mixed feelings.

Walking through the doors of Little Caesars Arena, guests were handed American flags by venue employees. Inside, there were a handful of fans wearing Confederate flag t-shirts, bandanas and holding signs supporting Rock and Trump.

Many fans were just there for the music, though. As Rock took the stage on Tuesday night shortly after 9 p.m., opening with “Greatest Show on Earth”—a circus-like production with stilt-walkers, midgets and jugglers—a public address announcer took to the loudspeaker as the venue went dark.

“Ladies and gentleman, will you please welcome the next senator of the great state of Michigan… Kid fucking Rock!” the voice announced. The lights came on and there was Rock, standing at a lectern labeled with “United States of ‘Merica” as the music of “Hail to the Chief” filled the arena.

For the next four-plus minutes, Rock knocked “deadbeat dads” and single mothers, denounced white supremacy, shared his views on gay marriage and drove a spike into transgender rights. “Why these days is everything sooo gay?” he asked, drawing out the words. “I say let gay folks get married if they want.”

He added, mentioning that people “don’t get to choose,” “Whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use.”

The speech fell in line with the one he gave in Grand Rapids, Michigan a few nights earlier. “I love black people!” Rock shouted as he went on. “And I love white people, too. But neither as much as I love red, white and blue.” Here, the cheers thundered.

Friday’s show—the third of the six-night run—followed Tuesday’s show closely, although with much less controversy inside and outside of the arena. Both nights were opened by Sweet Tea Trio and Robert Randolph and The Family Band.

Rock slung the same speech Friday, almost word for word. He gave a tribute to the late Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band with a cover of “Midnight Rider,” and also covered Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.” During “Po-Dunk,” a giant inflatable middle finger rose up on the stage’s platform. He made multiple references to his potential run for senate.

But Rock’s biggest statement in his two-hour performances were those four-or-so minutes he used as a platform to pander to Michigan’s Republican-leaning audience. For some, it was uncomfortable and unentertaining. Others enjoyed the gimmick.

“I loved it,” said Wendy Groen of Macomb, Michigan. She didn’t agree with everything Rock opined, but some stances mirrored her own. “We have to embrace what’s going on in our world.”

Another fan shouted while leaving the arena, “Kid Rock is ruined.”

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