This upcoming March will mark the 30th Anniversary of U2’s classic, iconic record The Joshua Tree. It’s strange to think that it’s been 30 years since U2 truly arrived to North America while simultaneously changing the identity of the pop music genre. And naturally, Bono and the boys want to celebrate this achievement in a big way.
On Christmas Day, the band released a holiday themed announcement via Facebook. In it, Bono promised “big plans” for next year, including a string of shows to commemorate the band’s famed fifth album. The dates themselves have yet to be announced, but sources have informed Billboard that the North American portion of the tour will include two dates at Metlife Stadium, in addition to the headlining spot at Bonnaroo 2017. We find it a little strange that it took this long for U2 to make an appearance at a North American music festival, but we suppose it’s better late than never. And now that U2 is performing at Roo this year, we’re hopeful for other summer music festival appearances.
In addition to announcing upcoming tour dates for the 30th Anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the band alerted fans that they can finally expect the follow-up to Songs of Innocence in 2017. The album, titled Songs of Experience, was hinted to for quite some time. Not to mention their entire tour in 2015 gestured to a sequel for Songs of Innocence. An official release date has yet to be announced, and we’re not sure if we’ll be hearing new material during U2’s upcoming Anniversary tour. But, as Bono proves to be a relevant, hard-working musician, we have no doubt that U2 will be touring long after 2017.
The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour Dates have yet to be announced, but we suggest checking back soon for a full schedule, ticket info, and more. In the mean time, check out U2’s festive video announcement below!