In November, U2 will hit the road behind their 1987 groundbreaking album The Joshua Tree, with stadium dates on the books for New Zealand, Australia, Japan — and for the first time ever, Singapore, and South Korea.
U2's “The Joshua Tree 2017″ Tour played 51 shows in North America, Europe, and Latin America. Since then, the band has embarked on its 2018 “Experience + Innocence Tour,” which played 60 shows across North America and Europe.
The 2017 Joshua Tree gigs featured an opening set of hits and assorted U2 favorites, followed by the 1987 album performed in its entity, followed by a third set of more classics and favorites tackled during the encores.
Bono said in the official tour announcement: “It's only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it's great to be able to say that I've finally caught up with the band. Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion. . . From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging. . . it's quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again. Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul — We're coming for you.”
The Edge went on to add: “We really, REALLY wanted to bring The Joshua Tree to New Zealand, Australia and Asia. We promised we would and finally, now we can say that we will see you in November. It’s going to feel like a homecoming and we are very excited.”
Bono feels that unlike many of their contemporaries, U2 has continued to grow with each new era, and has never felt their collective love for the band's work diminishing: “There's a certain contour that's expected of a band or an artist — y'know, you do your best work very early on in your life, and then you kind of burn out. With our band, it doesn't feel like we're burning out. And if you were a photographer, or a screenwriter, or a poet, or a filmmaker, you might just be, y'know, getting the hang of it. But a lot of rock n' roll bands have burned out by our age. And I'm not buying into that.”
The Edge explained that ultimately with U2, the more things change, the more they stay the same: “That's the thing about a band, you get together at age 17, 18 — you all decide you wanna do the same thing, which is make music together, and then the years go by but you kinda still kind of maintain that same dynamic and it's, it's remarkable not so much what's changed over the years, but how little has changed over the years. Y'know, when we get into the studio, it still feels like we're making our first album. It's that same sort of intensity and combines with ambition and a little bit of desperation, as well. And you really just wanna give it your best, and nothing really much has changed over the years.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: U2 tour dates (subject to change):
November 8 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt. Smart Stadium
November 12 – Brisbane, Australia – SunCorp Stadium
November 15 – Melbourne, Australia – Marvel Stadium
November 19 – Adelaide, Australia – Adelaide Oval
November 22 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Cricket Ground
November 27 – Perth, Australia – Optus Stadium
December 4, 5 – Tokyo, Japan – Saitama Super Arena
December 8 – Seoul, South Korea – Gocheok Sky Dome