Wednesday 22 November 2017

U2 tipped for Croke Park for Joshua Tree anniversary tour

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U2 are set to confirm Croke Park dates for the Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary tour, according to reports.

In 1987 U2 catapulted into permanent superstadom with the The Joshua Tree, which went on to sell 25 million copies.

30 years later it's still considered by many to be the band's finest offering and it looks like it's about to get the full bells and whistles treatment as U2 have revealed that they will be touring the landmark album in 2017.

Taking to Facebook in December, the Dublin four-piece spoke about their plans to tour the record and revealed plans to release their new album, Songs of Experience, in the new year.

The Edge and Bono perform at Croke Park in 1987 as part of The Joshua Tree tour
The Edge and Bono perform at Croke Park in 1987 as part of The Joshua Tree tour

"Next year [2017] 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."

According to the Mail on Sunday, the band is tipped to play Croke Park in the summer.

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour, 2nd leg: Europe. Croke Park, Dublin, June 1987... View of the many fans in the audience. One holds up a poster/placard of the band. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Colection)
U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour, 2nd leg: Europe. Croke Park, Dublin, June 1987... View of the many fans in the audience. One holds up a poster/placard of the band. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Colection)

A source told the newspaper that a date has been reserved in July for a big show and it's speculated that the slot will be filled by U2, although details have not yet been confirmed.

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.

On Wednesday, fan site AtU2.com reported that U2 and concert promoter Live Nation will partner for a joint announcement Monday, January 9.

It's believed that the rockers will announce full details of the Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary which is expected to kick off in Vancouver on May 12 and travel around stadiums in the US before arriving in Europe in July.

It's reported that Noel Gallagher will be the support act for the European leg of the tour.

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