CityMash.com - U2 will start their 2017 The Joshua Tree tour right here in Vancouver. On May 12th, U2 will kick off their 25 date world tour at BC Place. The Joshua Tree tour honours U2’s 5th studio album, The Joshua Tree, on its 30th anniversary. The Joshua Tree was first released in 1987.
On this tour, U2 will be playing fan-favourites from The Joshua Tree album such as With Or Without You, Bullet the Blue Sky and Where the Streets Have No Name. It is rumoured that the band may come into town early for rehearsals, much like they did for their 2015 tour, iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE.
In 2015, U2 rented out the Pacific Coliseum in the weeks preceding their show so they could rehearse in town. If you’re a big fan hoping to run into a member of the band, cross your fingers that they keep the same rehearsal schedule for their 2017 tour!
Both Bono, U2’s lead singer, and The Edge, U2’s guitarist, looked back on The Joshua Tree with fond memories when explaining why they chose it for their upcoming tour. “I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years, it’s quite an opera.
A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation…” Bono said. The Edge agreed, “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.”
Tickets for the North American leg of the tour, including tickets to the inaugural show at BC Place, will go on sale on January 17th. Tickets can be purchased through Live Nation. Folk-rock band Mumford and Sons will be opening for U2 in Vancouver.
Will you be seeing Bono, The Edge and the rest of U2 when they play for Vancouver in May?