U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 … Yes the Joshua Tree Tour

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 … Yes the Joshua Tree Tour

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U2 will return to stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety.

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The tour kicks off in North America on May 12 with European Dates Starting July 8. Tickets will be on sale starting January 16 in Europe & January 17 in North America. Of course, there will be a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on 22nd July.

“The title befits a record that concerns itself with resilience in the face of utter social and political desolation…The Joshua Tree is an appropriate response to these times, and a picture bleaker than any U2 has ever painted: a vision of blasted hopes, pointless violence and anguish… Music of great sadness but also of unutterable compassion, acceptance and calm.”

– Rolling Stone, 1987

 

The tour will have support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9th,1987 and featuring hit singles With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Where The Streets Have No Name, The Joshua Tree was U2’s first number one album in the U.S. It topped the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr from heroes to superstars.

Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand. It set them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world at the time.  The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments, including the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store.

U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.

Says The Edge. “It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, 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.”

Says Bono, “Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera.  A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… 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.”

Mumford & Sons, who will be supporting U2, said, “It’s the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree – one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It’s a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time it’s that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It’s gonna be such a good few nights… ”

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers at U2.com from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales.

 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES: SUPPORT:
May 12 Vancouver, BC BC Place Mumford & Sons
May 14 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field Mumford & Sons
May 17 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s Stadium Mumford & Sons
May 20 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl The Lumineers
May 24 Houston, TX NRG Stadium The Lumineers
May 26 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium The Lumineers
June 3 Chicago, IL Soldier Field The Lumineers
June 7 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field The Lumineers
June 8-11 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival Multi-Artist
June 11 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium OneRepublic
June 14 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium OneRepublic
June 18 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field The Lumineers
June 20 Washington DC FedExField The Lumineers
June 23 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre The Lumineers
June 25 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium The Lumineers
June 28 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium The Lumineers
July 1 Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium OneRepublic
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES: SUPPORT:
July 8 London, UK Twickenham Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 12 Berlin, DE Olympic Stadium Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 15 Rome, IT Olympic Stadium Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 18 Barcelona, ES Olympic Stadium Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 22 Dublin, IE Croke Park Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 25 Paris, FR Stade de France Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 29 Amsterdam, NE Amsterdam Arena Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
August 1 Brussels, BE Stade Roi Baudouin Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.u2.com & www.livenation.com

 

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