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U2 Detail The Joshua Tree Summer Tour

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U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group’s first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour – which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic rotating as opening acts – kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will mark the group’s first time playing a classic album in concert. They picked one packed with hits, including “Where The Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” For hardcore fans, the tour is an opportunity to hear rarely played deep cuts like “Exit,” “Trip Through Your Wires” and “In God’s Country.” It will also feature the first live performance of “Red Hill Mining Town.”

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The idea to take The Joshua Tree on tour came last year when U2 were putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. “The election happened and suddenly the world changed,” says Edge. “We just went, ‘We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.'”

The band noticed the parallels between the worldwide political situation that gave rise to The Joshua Tree in 1987 and today. As a result, taking it on tour would give them time to re-think the new album. “[The Joshua Tree] was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” says the guitarist. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about [it] one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

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Bono shared his thoughts on the tour in a statement. “Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” he said. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … 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.”

Tickets for the U.S. shows (which will have general admission seating on the field and reserved seats in the stands) will go on sale Tuesday, January 17th.

U2 Joshua Tree Tour Dates

May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place*
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field*
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium*
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl**
May 24 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium**
May 26 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium**
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field**
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field**
June 11 – Miami, Fl @ Hard Rock Stadium***
June 14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium***
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field**
June 20 – Washington, DC @ FedExField**
June 23 – Toronto, ONT @ Rogers Centre**
June 25 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium**
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium**
July 1 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium***
*With Mumford & Sons
**With The Lumineers
***With OneRepublic

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U2’s Songs of Innocence To Be Released By Island Records On October 13, 2014

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U2’s latest studio album Songs Of Innocence, containing 11 new tracks, will be released by Island Records on October 13, 2014. The release follows the album being given today to U2.com subscribers and gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide.

Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

The track listing for Songs Of Innocence is as follows: The Miracle (of Joey Ramone), Every Breaking Wave, California (There Is No End To Love), Song For Someone, Iris (Hold Me Close), Volcano, Raised By Wolves, Cedarwood Road, Sleep Like A Baby Tonight, This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now and The Troubles.

In addition, a deluxe version of Songs Of Innocence will be released on 13th October, which will contain an acoustic session of select songs from the album plus four additional tracks: Lucifer’s Hands, The Crystal Ballroom, The Troubles (Alternative version) and Sleep Like.

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Apple Releases Latest U2 Album As Free iTunes Exclusive

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During today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2’s Bono jointly announced that Apple and U2 will be distributing the bands’ latest album, Songs of Innocence, to all 500 million iTunes customers, entirely free of charge.

Cook noted that this is the largest album release of all time, with a simultaneous launch in 119 countries. Users should be able to find the new album in their iTunes Music library and also available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music. The new album will also be available exclusively with Apple through mid-October.

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U2′s New Single “Invisible” Free On iTunes During The Super Bowl

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U2 are set to return this spring with a new as-yet-untitled Danger Mouse-produced album and you can get their new single for free!

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2014) U2 will offer a free download of their new song “Invisible” and do something great for the world in the process.

“Invisible” will be available as a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the Super Bowl commercial airs. For every download during that time, Bank of America will donate $1 (up to $2 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services in many of the world’s poorest countries. Beyond the downloads, U2, (RED) and Bank of America expect to generate more than $10 million in donations and funding for the campaign.

U2 have also filmed a Super Bowl commercial, so expect to learn a whole lot more about their upcoming new album while you’re watching the big game.

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U2 Planning April 2014 Record Release Which Will Be Announced With A Super Bowl Commercial

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U2 are planning an April 2014 release for their new album, which they will announce with a commercial during the Super Bowl.

The Irish rockers worked on the album with producer Danger Mouse at Electric Lady Studios in New York. The band has been working on new material since 2011, when they finished the lengthy world tour that supported their 2009 album, No Line on the Horizon.

Bassist Adam Clayton said in June that the band had recorded an “abundance of riches,” which the musicians have been sifting through to make the strongest record possible. “We could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily,” he said then. “We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in.”

Last month, Clayton described the songs as a “bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years.” At the time, he said the group had selected 12 tracks and were hoping to complete them by the end of November so they could enjoy Christmas.

The upcoming won’t be the only new music U2 have on the way. On November 29th, Black Friday, the band is putting out a 10-inch single containing the new song “Ordinary Love.” The group recorded the track for the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The flipside of the vinyl contains a new version of the No Line track “Breathe.”

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10-inch Vinyl of U2’s Ordinary Love To Be Released On Record Store Day On November 29, 2013

Ordinary Love, a new song written for the upcoming movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, will be released in a 10-inch vinyl pressing to mark Record Store Day on November 29th.

The sleeve artwork features a striking painting of Nelson Mandela by Irish artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Oliver, along with Mac Premo,  has also directed a lyric video for Ordinary Love which we’ll carry on U2.com during November.

The band wrote the new song at the invitation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein  and the b-side of the Record Store Day release will feature a second track, Breathe (Mandela Version).

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