Can they do it?
30 years after U2 released The Joshua Tree, the mega-rock band will celebrate the record’s anniversary with a worldwide stadium tour.
The big question facing the band and their fans…
Can U2 recapture the magic that made the album one of the greatest records of all time?
“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… ,” Bono said in a press release issued by the band. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats.”
The 2017 Joshua Tree Tour begins on May 12th in a world climate hauntingly familiar to the one that shadowed the album’s creation.
“It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written,” added guitarist The Edge “With global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.”
The Joshua Tree, produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, became the band’s first #1 album in the United States. The album also earned Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group while selling over 25 million albums worldwide with the help of hit singles “With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”.
The band sounds ready to go and they are inviting fans along for the ride.
“I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them,” Bono added. “I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night.”
Tickets for U2’s Ireland, UK and European dates go on sale Monday, January 16th. US and Canadian dates go on sale Tuesday, January 17th. Presales tickets for U2 subscribers on U2.com go on sale January 11th
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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
May 12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*
May 14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field*
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl+
May 24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium+
May 26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium+
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field+
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field+
June 8-11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
June 11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium^
June 14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium^
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field+
June 20 – Washington DC – FedExField+
June 23 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre+
June 25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium+
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium+
July 1 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium^
* with Mumford & Sons
+ with The Lumineers
^ with OneRepublic
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
July 8 – London, UK – Twickenham
July 12 – Berlin, DE – Olympic Stadium
July 15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 18 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium
July 22 – Dublin, IE – Croke Park
July 25 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
July 29 – Amsterdam, NE – Amsterdam Arena
August 1 – Brussels, BE – Stade Roi Baudouin
with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds