The Edge On U2’s “Joshua Tree’ Tour:
U2 has an ambitious year ahead.
It’ll be the first time the Irish band has headlined a festival. They’ll be on-board for Bonnaroo – no doubt will re-dubbed ‘Bono-roo,’ which hits Manchester, Tennessee, June 8-11. The festival takes place on a 700-acre farm about 60 miles southeast of Nashville and 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga, TN.
They’re also touring and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘The Joshua Tree,’ album, by taking the show on the road and playing the album in it’s entirety. The tour kicks off in May here in the States, and will wrap up in July before heading over to Europe.
Also on the bill? Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic.
Per RollingStone.com, here’s how the thought of touring this landmark album came to be. “The idea….came last year when U2 were putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. “The election happened and suddenly the world changed,” says Edge. “We just went, ‘We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.'”
The band noticed the parallels between the worldwide political situation that gave rise to The Joshua Tree in 1987 and today. As a result, taking it on tour would give them time to re-think the new album. “[The Joshua Tree] was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” says the guitarist. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’
As a refresher, since this seminal album was released 30 years ago, ‘The Joshua Tree’ is also packed with hits – songs that the band considers ‘must do’s’ in concert, like Where The Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Edge says the band is still deciding the order of songs in their set (that means, of course, it won’t be chronological), and other details that need to be ironed out. In the meantime, the band’s released this ‘short,’ as a teaser for the tour.