Tuesday, January 24, 2017
U2 turn everything they touch into gold and the announcement of their new tour was no less impressive. The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 has excited their fans from all over the world, tickets were sold out in a matter of hours and strict rules have been applied to their purchase (restrictions per person and time, among others).
The U2 Tour, which commemorates the 30th. anniversary of the legendary project, The Joshua Tree, includes several stages in North America and Europe. For Spain, there is one single date: July 18, at the Estadi Olimpic de Barcelona. However, additional concerts cannot be ruled out, considering the overwhelming success they achieved on their last tour in 2015; they performed four concerts, which were completely sold out.
The stage for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is arranged in a circular shape and the VIP rooms will be divided into two sections - as is planned for most concerts-. Not many details are available regarding the production of the show, apart from its minimalism and the focus on the band, with the omission of major artefacts and effects.
The U2 2017 will start in Vancouver on May 12 and will cover almost all major cities of North America:
May 12 in Vancouver, at the BC Place Stadium
May 14 in Seattle, at the CenturyLink Field
May 17 in San Francisco, at the Levi´s Stadium
May 20 in Los Angeles, at the Rose Bowl
May 24 in Houston, at the NRG Stadium
May 26 in Dallas, at the AT&T Stadium
June 3 in Chicago, at the Soldier Field
June 7 in Pittsburgh, at the Heinz Field
June 11 in Miami, at the Hard Rock Stadium
June 14 in Tampa, at the Raymond James Stadium
June 18 in Philadelphia, at the Lincoln Financial Field
June 20 in Washington, at the FedEx Field
June 23 in Toronto, at the Rogers Centre
June 28 in E. Rutherford, at the MetLife Stadium
July 1 in Cleveland, at the First Energy
Following these 15 concerts in Canada and United States, the tour continues on the European continent:
July 8 in London, at the Twickenham Stadium
July 12 in Berlin, at the Olympic Stadium
July 15 in Rome, at the Stadio Olimpico
July 18 in Barcelona, at the Estadi Olímpic
July 22 in Dublin, at the Croke Park
July 25 in Paris, at the Stade de France
July 29 in Amsterdam, at the Amsterdam Arena
August 1 in Brussels, at the King Baudouin Stadium
These 8 shows in Europe will provide a second chance to fans who were unable to obtain entry tickets in their countries of origin and will be an additional opportunity to travel to a neighbouring, or not quite so neighbouring, country!
The opening acts are not repeated at every U2 concert. They will be different, according to the continent which hosts them, which will make the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 even more unique. The artists which will accompany the band in America are Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and One Republic. In Europe, it will be Noel Gallagher´s High Flying Birds (also during the show in Barcelona).
The Joshua Tree was released in March 1987. This album included hits that are just as impressive as on their first day, among them, With or without you, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, or Where the streets have no name. Recorded in Dublin and produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, this is the band´s fifth Studio album. This album enabled them to achieve their first number 1 position on the in the musical hit lists of the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. They managed to sell more than 25 million copies and it was certainly a leap in quality for Bono and his band. From that moment, they became superstars, filling stadiums and performing the currently best live shows. U2 is one of the most award-winning rock bands in history, and this lucky streak began 12 months after the release of The Joshua Tree, with two Grammy Awards and a Brit Award.
A few months ago, the British band announced the release of their new album, Song of Experience. However, it seems that the dates have been postponed. Probably, this album will not be released until autumn of this year, and the tour might be rescheduled for 2018. There is reason to believe that U2 will present a single during the Joshua Tree Tour 2017, taking advantage of the tour´s momentum to catapult these hits.
This album resumes the sequence of Song of Innocence, released in 2014. The U.S. political circumstances might have been the cause for the release delay: the songs were written before the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and the Band plans to reflect this historical change for the nation (and the world) in their lyrics. They are not the only artists that have done so; Katy Perry also postponed the release of her new album for the same reason.
Wait no longer! Buy your tickets for U2 and get the live experience!