U2 releasing 'The Joshua Tree Collection' in June

posted by Jim Curtis -

Coming on June 2nd is U2's The Joshua Tree At 30 collection, which will be released in numerous CD, digital, and vinyl formats. According to the band's press release, "alongside the 11-track album, the super deluxe collector’s edition includes a live recording of The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 Madison Square Garden concert; rarities and B-sides from the album’s original recording sessions; as well as 2017 remixes from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood; plus an 84-page hardback book of unseen personal photography shot by The Edge during the original Mojave Desert photo session in 1986."

The Edge commented in his introduction to the newly published book of photos: "When I see the people we were back then. I see a bunch of pilgrims on a journey towards some kind of creative home. I think that really does capture the spirit of the band at that time."

  • The rise of U2 in the 1980's broke the patterns set in the pop-centric atmosphere of the early part of the decade when style ruled over substance. Upon breaking with their "Live Aid" performance and The Joshua Tree, Bono made his presence known as not only a serious artist -- but as a deep thinker: ["Rock music to me is rebel music, but rebelling against what? In the '50s it was sexual mores and double standards, in the '60s it was the Vietnam War and racial and social inequality. What are we rebelling against now? If I'm honest, I'm rebelling against my own indifference. I'm rebelling against the idea that the world is the way the world is, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. So I'm trying to do a damn thing."] 

For the full tracklisting to U2's The Joshua Tree At 30, log on to: http://bit.ly/2lJh4hn

  • U2 tour dates (subject to change):
  • May 12 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place (with Mumford & Sons)
  • May 14 - Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field (with Mumford & Sons)
  • May 17 - Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium (with Mumford & Sons)
  • May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl (with The Lumineers)
  • May 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl (with The Lumineers)
  • May 24 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium (with The Lumineers)
  • May 26 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium (with The Lumineers)
  • June 3, 4 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field (with The Lumineers)
  • June 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field (with The Lumineers)
  • June 9 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
  • June 11 - Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium (with OneRepublic)
  • June 14 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium (with OneRepublic)
  • June 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field (with The Lumineers)
  • June 20 - Washington DC - FedExField (with The Lumineers)
  • June 23 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre (with The Lumineers)
  • June 25 - Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium (with The Lumineers)
  • June 28, 29 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium (with The Lumineers)
  • July 1 - Cleveland, OH - FirstEnergy Stadium (with OneRepublic)
  • July 8 - London, England - Twickenham Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 9 - London, England - Twickenham Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 12 - Berlin, Germany - Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 15 - Rome, Italy - Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 16 - Rome, Italy - Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Olympic Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 22 - Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds) 
  • July 25 - Paris, France - Stade de France (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)   
  • July 26 - Paris, France - Stade de France (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
  • July 29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Amsterdam Arena (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds) 
  • July 30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Amsterdam Arena (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds) 
  • August 1 - Brussels, Belgium - King Baudouin Stadium (with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)   

FAST FACTS

  • U2's The Joshua Tree was released on March 9th, 1987 and spent nine weeks on top of the Billboard 200 album charts.
  • The album spawned three Top 20 singles -- the chart-toppers, "With Or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," along with "Where The Streets Have No Name," which peaked at Number 13.
  • The Joshua Tree won a total of three Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the album -- and Best Performance Music Video for "Where The Streets Have No Name."
  • The original 1987 tracklisting for The Joshua Tree is: "Where The Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "With Or Without You," "Bullet The Blue Sky," "Running To Stand Still," "Red Hill Mining Town," "In God's Country," "Trip Through Your Wires," "One Tree Hill," "Exit," and "Mothers Of The Disappeared."

CHECK IT OUT: U2's video for 1987's "Where The Streets Have No Name":

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