U2 to Commemorate “The Joshua Tree” 30th with Special Shows


U2 to Commemorate “The Joshua Tree” 30th Anniversary with Special Shows

–Joe Lund

The year 2017 is shaping up to be an exceptionally busy time for U2. In a recent video message posted on the band’s Facebook page, frontman Bono confirmed that Songs of Experience, the much-anticipated companion LP to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, will soon see the light of day. Even more newsworthy, the group is planning a series of concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic LP, The Joshua Tree.

“Happy Christmas everyone,” says Bono, in the Facebook video. “Next year is going to be a big year for the U2 group. We have Songs of Experience coming and, to honor 30 years of The Joshua Tree, we have some very, very special shows coming. Very special.”

Released in 1987, The Joshua Tree spawned the smash hits “With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The LP was later named “Album of the Year” at the Grammy Awards. In 2014, the Library of Congress selected the album for inclusion in the prestigious National Recording Registry, where it joined a list of other sound recordings deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”