Monday, January 9, 2017

U2 announce 30th anniversary Joshua Tree tour

U2 will mark the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” by playing the album in its entirety for the first time on a 2017 tour of stadiums across North America and Europe.

The Irish band’s fifth album, “The Joshua Tree” spawned three hit singles (“With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”) on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.

A two-month run across North America will begin in Vancouver, BC on May 12 and include U2’s first ever US festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and One Republic will open select dates.

The band will hit Europe in July with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as special guests.

“It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally writtten, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk,” reflects The Edge. “To celebrate the album - as these 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.”

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” adds Bono. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization… all the greats... I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park.. it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”

A presale for subscribers runs January 11 at 9am through January 13 at 5pm local times.

General public tickets will go on sale Monday, January 16 in Ireland, the UK and Europe and on Tuesday, January 17 in the US and Canada.

A full list of tour dates can be found below.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

North America

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 **
Jun 03 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field **
Jun 07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field **
Jun 8-11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
Jun 11 - Miami, Fl - Hard Rock Stadium ***
Jun 14 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium ***
Jun 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field **
Jun 20 - Washington, DC – FedExField **
Jun 23 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre **
Jun 25 - Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium **
Jun 28 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium **
Jul 01 - Cleveland, OH - FirstEnergy Stadium ***

* with Mumford & Sons
** with The Lumineers
*** with OneRepublic


Jul 08 - London, UK @ Twickenham Stadium
Jul 12 - Berlin, DE @ Olympic Stadium
Jul 15 - Rome, IT @ Olympic Stadium
Jul 18 - Barcelona, ES @ Olympic Stadium
Jul 22 - Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
Jul 25 - Paris, FR @ Stade De France
Jul 29 - Amsterdam, NE @ Amsterdam Arena
Aug 01 - Brussels, BE @ King Baudouin Stadium

**** all shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

See also:

U2 tease new album and 30th anniversary Joshua Tree concerts
U2 share new album update
U2 to release Paris concert film
VIDEO: Eagles Of Death Metal join U2 in Paris
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