U2 Sets ‘Joshua Tree’ Stadium Tour, First-Ever Bonnaroo Performance
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 Vancouver’s BC Place and includes the band’s first-ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
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, as that’s the date Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton are set to 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,” Bono commented Monday 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.”