When U2 released The Joshua Tree back in 1987, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “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.”
To celebrate the album's anniversary, U2 announced it will play select stadiums this summer as part of a tour dubbed U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety.
The band performs on July 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium. One Republic will open the show.
“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," says guitarist the Edge in a press release. "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.”
“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera," adds Bono. "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 tour marks U2's return to stadiums for the first time since 2009-2011’s U2 360° Tour, reportedly most successful tour in history; it was seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.
An exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and continues through 5 p.m. on Friday. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
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 for public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted. For complete tour and ticket information, visit u2.com and livenation.com.
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