UPDATE, JUNE 1, 2017
Herald Sun journalist Nui Te Koha told TripleM Hot Breakfast U2 will bring the Joshua Tree anniversary tour to Australia during the first quarter of 2018.
The plan is to do a tribute to Greg Carroll in New Zealand, and they will tour here too.
LISTEN: Nui talks about it here. Click on the June 1 show and forward to the 1hr 02min 40sec mark.
UNLESS you’ve been living under a rock buried 25km underneath the surface of Mars, you would have heard U2 has announced a tour of the US and Europe to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year.
U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is a 24-date stadium outing that began on May 12.
The tour, of course, was greeted joyfully by those in the northern hemisphere.
The original Joshua Tree tour of the 1980s also didn’t make it to our shores, being shelved twice. Instead, we got the Lovetown Tour, making Australia and New Zealand the envy of the world.
Thirty years on and it’s a case of de ja vu.
We have heard from a number of sources that U2 will make the trek Down Under in 2018. Just rumours, but that does seem to be likely given what The Edge told Rolling Stone.
Donald Trump’s election victory in the US changed the touring itinerary because the band found themes of The Joshua Tree had come “full circle”. The world has changed and it makes sense to take those songs on the road.
It also means the release of the anticipated Songs of Experience album is now on hold, with The Edge saying the band wants to make sure it delivers a message for the times. They might even write some new material for it.
This could be a blessing in disguise for Australian audiences. We might be the first in the world to hear the new songs live (many planets would have to align). U2 might give us that gift given the recent disappointment that it could be eight years before we see them in the flesh on a stage again.
Whatever happens, let’s be thankful for the world wide web which will bring us this year’s tour through Periscope and YouTube etc before we no doubt get an official DVD release.
U2 Songs also has a page dedicated to the tour with answers to many questions.