U2 will mount an international stadium tour this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree.
The legendary Irish outfit will perform their classic fifth album in its entirety on each date of the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, which is scheduled to start May 12 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada and includes the band's first-ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
The European leg is scheduled to start July 8 at Twickenham in London, and wraps Aug. 1 at Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, Belgium. U2's hometown fans can mark July 22 on the calendar; that's the date Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton take the stage at Dublin's Croke Park.
Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and peppered with the hits "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," The Joshua Tree cemented U2's status as the biggest band on the planet. The LP peaked at No. 1 in the U.S., the U.K. and across Europe and is now diamond certified by the RIAA.
"Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it's quite an opera," comments Bono in a statement announcing the tour. "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."
The Edge shared his thoughts on the upcoming dates and what fans should expect to see and hear. "I don't think we're going to go overboard in reinventing the wheel, but we'll definitely take those aesthetic ideas and kind of update them somewhat," he told Rolling Stone. "I don't think we're going to go overboard in reinventing the wheel, but we'll definitely take those aesthetic ideas and kind of update them somewhat. This is The Joshua Tree 2017. It's not The Joshua Tree 1986."
The support slots on U2's North America dates will be filled by either Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic or The Lumineers, while Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will open in Europe.
Live Nation Global Touring will produce the run, which currently features 25 dates. Its U2's first stadium tour since the 2009-2011 360 trek, which entered the history books with a gross of more than $736,137,344 and total attendance of 7,268,430, both the highest tour tallies ever reported to Billboard.
The band's most recent run, the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE arena tour, ran from May to December 2015.
2017 is shaping as a particularly busy year for U2. In a recent interview with Q, Bono and The Edge both confirmed they're hard at work on the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence and that it is expected to drop before the year is out.
The general ticket on sale starts Jan. 16 in Europe and the following day in North America. For more information visit u2.com and livenation.com.
U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017:
NORTH AMERICA 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
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
|© DPA Wolfgang Kumm/AP Bono, singer of the Irish band U2, performs during the awarding event for the Bambi 2014 media award in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. ' (AP Photo/DPA Wolfgang Kumm)|
U2 announce new “Joshua Tree” tour, Bonnaroo appearance
U2 will play the entirety of its classic 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” at each stop during a summer stadium tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.
Powered by singles “With or Without You,” ‘’Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” ‘’The Joshua Tree” became the band’s first chart-topping album in the U.S. and has sold 25 million copies worldwide.
The documentary “Rattle and Hum,” released in conjunction with the band’s sixth studio album in 1988, was filmed during the first “Joshua Tree” tour 30 years ago.
The North American leg of the tour kicks off on May 12 in Vancouver and wraps up on July 1 in Cleveland, before heading to Europe. The tour includes a June stop at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.
Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will alternate opening for U2 on the North American leg.
U2 Detail 'The Joshua Tree' Summer Tour
U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group's first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour - which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic rotating as opening acts - kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will mark the group's first time playing a classic album in concert. They picked one packed with hits, including "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." For hardcore fans, the tour is an opportunity to hear rarely played deep cuts like "Exit," "Trip Through Your Wires" and "In God's Country." It will also feature the first live performance of "Red Hill Mining Town."
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, U2 guitarist The Edge says they're still figuring out how to structure the show. "The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 'Where The Streets Have No Name' because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment," he says. "So we're still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go."
To celebrate the upcoming tour, the group released a teaser video looking both back and ahead.
The idea to take The Joshua Tree on tour came last year when U2 were putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. "The election happened and suddenly the world changed," says Edge. "We just went, 'We've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world.'"
The band noticed the parallels between the worldwide political situation that gave rise to The Joshua Tree in 1987 and today. As a result, taking it on tour would give them time to re-think the new album. "[The Joshua Tree] was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics," says the guitarist. "It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, 'Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn't have three years ago, four years ago.' We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about [it] one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say."
Bono shared his thoughts on the tour in a statement. "Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years," he said. "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."
Tickets for the U.S. shows (which will have general admission seating on the field and reserved seats in the stands) will go on sale Tuesday, January 17th.
U2 Joshua Tree 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 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, ONT @ 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