U2 unveil details of Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary album reissue
U2 are set to reissue their 1987 classic album, The Joshua Tree, on 2nd June.
A super deluxe edition release will include the original 11-track album, rarities and B-sides, a live recording of their 1987 Madison Square Garden show, new remixes from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood, plus a 84-page hardback book of previously unseen photos shot by The Edge during the original Mojave Desert photo session in 1986.
Speaking about the album and related anniversary tour Bono said: “I Recently listened back to ‘The Joshua Tree’ for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera.” He continued, “A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… 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. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park… it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”
The Edge added: “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 Joshua Tree Tour 2017 opens in Vancouver on 12th May, kicking off a run of stadium dates across North America and Europe, including U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer.