U2 announce Joshua Tree tour 2017 with Noel Gallagher supporting


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U2 have announced a huge world tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of seminal album The Joshua Tree.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will support Bono and co on the European leg, which kicks off at Twickenham Stadium in London before heading to Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.

The former Oasis star is a longtime fan of the band and has tweeted his excitement at joining them on tour.

“It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth,” he wrote.

Considered the band’s magnum opus, The Joshua Tree was U2’s fifth studio album and produced hit singles With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Where The Streets Have No Name.

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years. It’s quite an opera,” said Bono.

“A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization [sic]… all the greats.

“I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are. It’s gonna be a great night.”

The Edge said: “It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.”

The tour includes a huge homecoming show at Croke Park in Dublin, where the Irish band played the album just after its release in 1987.

There’s no Manchester date yet, but here’s hoping.

Tickets go on sale on Monday January 16 with a presale for U2.com subscribers from 9am on Wednesday January 11 to 5pm on Friday January 13.

U2 Joshua Tree 2017 tour – all the European dates

July 8 – London, Twickenham

July 12 – Berlin, Olympic Stadium

July 15 – Rome, Olympic Stadium

July 18 – Barcelona, Olympic Stadium

July 22 – Dublin, Croke Park

July 25 – Paris, Stade de France

July 29 – Amsterdam, Amsterdam Arena

August 1 – Brussels, Stade Roi Baudouin


 

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