Friday 20 April 2018

U2 to confirm massive Croker shows to mark 30 years of 'The Joshua Tree'

U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ sold more than 25 million copies. Photo: REUTERS
U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ sold more than 25 million copies. Photo: REUTERS

Sasha Brady

U2 are expected to confirm massive Croke Park dates this summer as part of the Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary tour.

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

Thirty years later it's still considered by many to be the band's finest offering and U2 have already confirmed they will tour it in full during 2017.

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

It is understood that The Joshua Tree tour will start in Canada in May, before heading through America and into Europe.

The dates for the full tour are expected to be confirmed today - and there is mounting speculation that it will include two dates in GAA headquarters, likely in July.

It is also reported that Noel Gallagher will be the support act for the European leg.

'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.

Irish Independent

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