U2 is one of the only groups in the universe who can plot an arena tour focused on a thirty-year old album (The Joshua Tree) when they’re also dropping a new album.
U2 is touring with other big-name groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers for select tour dates. Moreover, this is a feat that few names can pull of successfully. Because U2 will be celebrating thirty years of music the same year that they’ll release new music, it’s a mixture of the past’s albums work together with their newer songs. With a headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, U2 will be making their first U.S. festival headline appearance during this tour, as well.
The industry standard is the fact that musicians tour as a way to promote their new work. However, once celebrity outweighs creativity. The Joshua Tree proved to be a major reason their success grew infinitely and became a tremendous album for U2.
Don’t have any anxiety: a tour for Songs of Experience will almost certainly follow. We might see The Joshua Tree anniversary tour go and come before the new record drops in the fall. However, if there is still uncertainty about the reason why a group would pull a stunt like this, here is a history of The Joshua Tree to demo its impact on on one of the most progressive bands of all time.
The Joshua Tree: From 1987 to 2017 – The History
The Joshua Tree originally dropped during the Reagan-Thatcher leadership of British and American politics in the late 80’s. During a recent Rolling Stone interview, The Edge (U2’s guitarist) explained that this period was full of unrest. The band took a hard look at their recent work Songs of Experience that finished up shortly after their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, and they understood that 2016 wasn’t considerably different than the time they originally recorded The Joshua Tree.
“We then were looking at the anniversary of The Joshua Tree, and another thing started to dawn on us, which is that weirdly enough, things have kind of come full circle, if you want. It just felt like ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning, and new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ So we said look, ‘Look, let’s do both…’”
Therefore, the present situation with Brexit and Trump’s presidential election led the band to reconsider Songs of Experience before release and consider the continuing relevance of The Joshua Tree. As a band that’s iconic for the address of liberal perspectives and social problems, it comes as no real surprise that 2016’s events rocked the band’s moral compass.
The Joshua Tree is a record that is extraordinarily successful. Time Magazine‘s April 1987 version includes U2 on its cover, declaring they were “Rock’s Hottest Ticket.” 1987-1988 was a tremendous time for U2. It included the Grammy Award win for their music video on the rooftop of a Los Angeles liquor store, and a Grammy for Record of the Year (1st of 22 Grammys). The Joshua Tree comprises hits like “With or Without You ” and “ I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
It was the fifth studio album for the Irish rock band. The Joshua Tree also concentrated America as the theme of the record, a country the group has a like and dislike for over 20 years.
Also, this is since the record tackles foreign policy and the Ronald Reagan administration. As the group members said, the social unrest is some thing still completely relevant now.
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5/12: Vancouver, British Columbia – BC Place Stadium
5/14: Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
5/17: Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
5/20: Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
5/24: Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
5/26: Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
6/3: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6/7: Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
6/8: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/11: Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
6/14: Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
6/18: Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
6/20: Washington, DC – FedEx Field
6/23: Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
6/25: Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
6/28: East Rutherford, New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
7/1: Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
7/8: London, England – Twickenham Stadium
7/12: Berlin, Germany – Olympic Stadium
7/15: Rome, Italy – Olympic Stadium
7/18: Barcelona, Spain – Olympic Stadium
7/22: Dublin, Ireland – Croke Park
7/25: Paris, France – Stade de France
7/29: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Arena
8/1: Brussels, Belgium – Stade Roi-Baudoin