U2 Announce The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour 2017

U2 [© Anton Corbijn]

(TRR) Rock icons U2 will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their seminal masterpiece The Joshua Tree with a massive summer stadium tour of North America and Europe. The trek kicks off on May 12 at the BC Place in Vancouver, BC and wraps up on August 1 at Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, BE. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and OneRepublic will serve as super support for the North American dates, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will join U2 on their European run. Over the weekend of June 8-11, U2 will headline their first-ever U.S. festival at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.

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. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted. U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera,” vocalist Bono said. “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.”

“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,” added guitarist 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 celebrated album was released on March 9, 1987 and featured hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.” It was U2’s first chart-topping album in the U.S., debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It topped the charts in countries around the globe including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone).

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 – setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today. The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year – their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

NORTH AMERICAN 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 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

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