This summer sees U2 heading out on a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, The Joshua Tree. It would be their first Billboard #1 release, and feature two #1 hit singles with ‘With or Without You’ and ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.’ It was also the first time the band played stadiums in North America, so it makes sense that this new tour will find them back playing to those massive crowds.
For some, U2 hitting the road in celebration of the past is an act of nostalgia, and a nail in the coffin of a band that has always looked forward rather than back. However, it’s hard to argue that 30 years isn’t an anniversary worth celebrating, especially for an album that has meant so much to both the fans and the band.
It’s also worth noting that U2 has also been working on Songs of Experience, the follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, and it’s likely we’ll be hearing new music surrounding the band’s reliable catalogue of classics. U2 are also masters of the stadium concert experience, with the uncanny ability to connect with those upfront as well as those at the back of a football field. There should be little doubt that the band will still be right in the present, even if they’re celebrating the past too.
As you wait for the general on sale for tickets this Monday and Tuesday, you’re sure to hear U2 on SiriusXM channels including 80s on 8, Classic Rewind, The Spectrum and 1st Wave. Meanwhile, here’s a selection of live performances of material from The Joshua Tree from over the years.
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME
I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
BULLET THE BLUE SKY
IN GOD’S COUNTRY
Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday, May 12th – BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, B.C.
Friday, June 23rd – Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ont