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U2 Announce ‘Joshua Tree’ 30th Anniversary Tour

After announcing plans to celebrate The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary, U2 has announced tour dates for both North America and Europe for the summer.

The group will begin on this side of the pond, with 17 stadium shows starting May 12 in Vancouver and including a stop at the Bonnaroo festival during June in Tennessee; Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and OneRepublic will alternate opening spots on the tour.

The eight-date European swing begins July 8 in London and will include a June 22 home town performance at Croke Park in Ireland. Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will open those shows.

U2 will be playing The Joshua Tree, its Grammy Award-winning fifth album in its entirety, and some sort of anniversary edition of the album is expected this year as well as a new album, Songs Of Experience, though release dates have not been announced for either. Some statement about the tour:
 “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.” – The Edge

 “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.” – Bono

 “We are off to play a few shows with U2! 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 its 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... “ – Mumford & Sons

I can remember covering the U2 song "One" in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums.  A lot has changed since then, but still - I NEVER thought we'd get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album - The Joshua Tree.  Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it's impossible to imagine a time when they didn't exist.  That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us - songs that can transcend generations.” - Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

"The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid... it's the album that made me want to write songs and start a band.  Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked." – Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.” – Noel Gallagher

 

U2: THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR 2017

The Joshua Tree. Live. Every song. Every show. Coming to stadiums in North America & Europe this summer. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 dates/tickets/presales http://bit.ly/2i3UWMS

 

The full tour itinerary includes:

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

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

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

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.