An Open Letter to St. Louis, from a U2 Fan Who Flew in for a Canceled Concert


JD Edge, Beth Radtke and Bernie Walker took in the sights in St. Louis after U2 canceled its show at the Dome at America's Center. - COURTESY OF BETH RADTKE
  • JD Edge, Beth Radtke and Bernie Walker took in the sights in St. Louis after U2 canceled its show at the Dome at America's Center.

Atlanta resident Beth Radtke flew into St. Louis early Saturday morning, planning to see U2 at the Dome at America's Center — she and her friends JD Edge and Bernie Walker had chosen St. Louis to see the show when the Joshua Tree tour skipped their city. But protests the day before had triggered a massive police response, and Live Nation announced that morning the concert was canceled. Radtke sent us this letter to express her feelings about the situation.

To the People of St. Louis:

First off, let me say thank you.

I am one of the visitors who arrived this past weekend to attend the U2 show with two friends of mine. We all flew in from Atlanta, fired up beyond words for the experience of watching U2 perform The Joshua Tree cover to cover from the floor of the arena. It was not to be.

This is where my thank you to the city begins. At every turn, no matter where we went in the city, people were friendly, apologetic, and helpful. Everyone offered a kind word, suggestions, and sympathy for our plight. We, in turn, felt concern for the hotel and restaurant workers who were also hurt by the weekend's turn of events, and did our best to drink and eat at many of your fine restaurants and bars — Rooster, McGurk's, BB's — where we experienced excellent food and even better service than we could have hoped for. The Hyatt Regency at The Arch was very accommodating, and we heard of instances where they allowed late cancellations to accommodate U2 fans. We tried to take advantage of some sightseeing, but it seems that things closed in response to the anticipated threat of protesters.

We ended our day by going to see a local U2 cover band, Elevation, at the Chase Park Plaza. We had a blast and ended the evening with smiles and some new friends.

I'm the mother of a young child so random trips out of state are almost impossible to pull off, so I'm disappointed. But I am grateful for the time to catch up with friends and greatly appreciate the hospitality of a friendly city that fell circumstance to the biggest disappointment of last weekend, an unjust verdict.

Thank you, St. Louis. I will be back someday!

Beth Radtke

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