U2 Announce 'The Joshua Tree' 30th Anniversary Shows
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:05:33
U2 have announced that they will be touring their landmark album, The Joshua Tree, in 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary of it's initial release.
Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and The Edge shared a video via Facebook over the festive period, confirming plans to tour their 1987 album. The band also outlined their plan to release their new album Songs of Experience, later this year.
Wearing a jaunty red cowboy hat Bono said, "Next year  is going to be a big year for the U2 group. We have 'Songs Of Experience' coming, and to honour 30 years of 'The Joshua Tree', we have some very, very special shows coming,"
The tour represents the first time that the band have undertaken a retrospective album tour, and further details are expected in the coming weeks.
Speaking recently, The Edge revealed that the new album Songs of Experience, the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence, already has more than 50 songs in consideration. In speaking of the album Bono previously said: "It's not finished yet but you will like it. In terms of lyrics it is stronger than 'War', it has more clarity", while The Edge previously compared the new album to the band's 1993 record Zooropa, adding "[producer Brian Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like that. Where we go, 'You know what? We're not going to second-guess any of this. Let's just go for it.' I think there's a quality you get when there's a certain momentum to the process," he added.
Bono also discussed the bike accident he suffered in New York around the turn of 2014/2015 saying that the accident has contributed to his focus when writing for the album. "The gift of it was that I had time to write while in the mentality that you get to at the end of an album," he explained. "There is a reason why all the great groups made their best albums while in and around touring, because the ideas have to come out of your head."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff