U2 are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album ‘The Joshua Tree’ with a stadium tour.
Their London show, which will include a performance of the 1987 album in its entirety, takes place at Twickenham on 8 July. Support comes from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
“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,” says Bono of the band’s landmark album that features the live staples ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, ‘With Or Without You’ and ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’.
“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 singer adds.
Released on 9 March 1987 ‘The Joshua Tree’ was U2’s first #1 album in the US, went on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide, and put Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr on Time magazine’s cover as “Rock’s Hottest Ticket”. The 12 months that followed saw the band create a traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store and win a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year.
“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 The Edge. “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 U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 tour, which follows 2015’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE arena shows, kicks off in Vancouver on 12 May and includes a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on 22 July.
Tickets go on sale on 16 January.