Tuesday 23 May 2017

It's official: U2 confirm Croke Park gig for Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour

The Edge: 'As the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too we decided to do these shows'

Spectacle: Bono on stage at Croke Park in 2005 as part of U2's Vertigo tour.
Spectacle: Bono on stage at Croke Park in 2005 as part of U2's Vertigo tour.
U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ sold more than 25 million copies. Photo: REUTERS

Sasha Brady

U2 will play Croke Park next summer, touring 'The Joshua Tree' album in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the band’s seminal album.

The tour will see the band bring The Joshua Tree back to Croke Park on 22 July 2017 - 30 years since they  made a memorable return to their hometown with the original Joshua Tree Tour, playing very special sold out shows on Jones’ Road in June 1987.

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.”

The Edge said: “It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too - we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.”

In 1987 U2 catapulted into super-stardom with the seminal album which went on to sell 25 million copies.

The Joshua Tree' produced hit singles 'With or Without You', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For', and 'Where the Streets Have No Name', the first two of which became the group's only number one singles in the US.

It will be the first time that the band have played a retrospective tour and the timing and venue couldn't be more fitting, marking 30 years since the band's Joshua Tree concert in Croke Park - one of the stadium's most iconic gigs.

The band last rocked Dublin in late 2015, appearing at the 3 Arena.

They played a series of dates at Croke Park in 2009 as part of their global 360 tour.

The Dublin four-piece also recently revealed plans to release their new album, Songs of Experience, in the new year.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16 in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17 in the US and Canada.

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