Love them or loathe them, it’s difficult to argue against U2’s The Joshua Tree standing as one of the greatest Irish contributions to rock music worldwide. Today, it’s been announced that U2 will tour stadiums around the globe to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary, and a return to Croke Park has been confirmed for the 22nd of July 2017. Each show on the tour will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support in Dublin from special guest Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – with Noel saying, “It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.”
Bono has said, “Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera. 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. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park… it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”
Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th, and more info can be found here.
Photo: Anton Corbijn