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April 05, 2017
Bono accepts the Skoll Global Treasure Award at the Skoll World Forum. Past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After the ceremony Bono joins Michael Franti and Don Henley in singing Franti's "My Lord," and John Lennon's "Imagine."
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UPDATE, April 3: Like many of you, we originally suspected this might be someone playing an April Fools' Day joke, but that doesn't appear to be the case. After doing some digging, and as we've reported on our Tours page, we believe the event was a late 50th birthday party for Apple design chief (and Friend Of Bono) Jony Ive. "Spike," the original source of information on Twitter and Instagram, is Richard "Spike" Holifield, who played bass on Sinead O'Connor's album, The Lion And The Cobra. He's now deleted all of his posts and photos from the event, but you can still see them on Storify. We'll leave our original story intact below, but the links to individual tweets won't work, nor will the embedded Instagram photo show up.
UPDATE, April 4: Dave Swift, bassist for Jools Holland, has further confirmed this secret/private gig with a post on Instagram that shows Holland rehearsing before the show with Bono, The Edge and others. Swift says he played bass for Bob Geldof, Marc Almond, Lily Allen and Bono, and that U2 performed after that:
"U2 were on after us, so I managed to have a chat with bassist Adam Clayton. He was due to borrow one of my vintage Ibanez Musician basses (he used these himself back in the 80's) but I believe he ended up using a Fender supplied by the venue."
That matches and confirms our earlier reports about Adam using a loaned bass (see below).
U2 played a private gig Saturday night in Oxfordshire, northwest of London. Little details are known other than what's been posted on Instagram and Twitter by "Spike," whose Twitter bio says he played bass with Sinead O'Connor and whose Instagram bio describes him as a musician and sound engineer.
Spike tweeted Saturday evening that he'd just been asked to loan a bass to Adam Clayton for the private performance:
"Just lent my #fenderjazz to some #bassplayer called #AdamClayton he plays in some band called @U2 it's a gig at a secret location."
That was followed up with several more tweets explaining how he delivered his bass to Dallas Schoo and got a £100 tip from Adam. In another tweet, Spike says he received a text message from Dallas S. telling him that the bass had been used on "I Will Follow," "Angel Of Harlem," "Desire" and "One." And on Instagram, Spike posted a photo that shows Adam playing his bass while Bono sings.
Needless to say, we've no idea what the story is behind this gig. When asked by a fan for a more specific location, Spike would only say it happened in Oxfordshire. I've collected all of the relevant tweets about it on Storify.
U2 announced today the band has added a stop in Louisville, Kentucky, to The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 schedule. The concert will take place on June 16 at Papa John's Stadium with OneRepublic opening. U2.com member ticket presale will start tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 31) for the Red Hill group. The Wires group presale will be on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Subscribers who qualify for the presale will receive an email with more information from U2.com. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. local. The announcement on U2.com stated this is the final North American show to be added for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.
Willie Williams told Rolling Stone's Andy Greene The Joshua Tree Tour 2017's purpose is not to re-create the Joshua Tree tour: "I think we have a great strategy, a really solid way of doing it without it being a classic-album nostalgia show," he said. Williams said the tour idea was brought up during September 2016 rehearsals for U2's performances at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Salesforce's Dreamforce conference. Initially, just one show was planned in the U.S. and one in Europe, but the idea expanded into a full tour.
When asked about stage aesthetics, Williams was coy with Greene, until Greene pointed out the stage footprint was on Ticketmaster. Williams confirmed there will be a shadow of The Joshua Tree on the stadium pitch, but the rest of the staging is still being worked out. Williams also wouldn't share if "Where The Streets Have No Name" will be the show's opener. "All will be revealed on opening night," he said.
Williams did offer some thoughts about the continuation of the Innocence + Experience tour. "They certainly haven't been people to look back, but with Songs Of Innocence having been so much about the genesis of the band and that time and place ... it's so apropos to look at that period of the band, the Joshua Tree [era] and to follow that with Songs Of Experience and what we will do with it when we come back. It feels like a very natural progression."
Adam Clayton spoke with Rolling Stone's Andy Greene recently about the band's progress on Songs Of Experience and the pre-production aspects of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Adam was candid about his views about revisiting The Joshua Tree 30 years later, "... looking back from 30 years, the story that it tells me the most is how much I've changed and how much I need to look at good, liberal values and how the world is really looking and what I accept from the news and what I want from politics now from someone that is less likely to be standing at the barricade. I'm all in favor of new artists coming up to be people that make a lot of noise, but I'm happy to still be a part of the movement."
We haven't really sat down and worked out the dynamics of it yet, but I suspect it would sit as the crown in the show. I think we would definitely want to open with perhaps something that is not dissimilar to the Songs of Innocence run [where we did our early 1980s songs] and get people in the mood for this thing that's coming and you give some sense of history of where it came from. Then it'll be a scene change. … This is my guess. We won't know until we start playing it around quite a bit. We will either start with "Streets," or end with it, I might think, but there will be a scene change. Whether or not we go completely in sequence, we've yet to work out. But I think it'll be the beginning of the traditional musical journey that we've always referred to in that period where the songs will take us through a version of America that certainly seemed true and possible at that time. In many ways, perhaps that was the very end of the period of thinking of America as wholesome and benevolent. Really, things have changed quite a bit from that point on. It's going to be hard to see how the country goes back to where it would like to be.
Adam said The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is not aimed at nostalgia, rather it's "much more important to use that as a starting point of what the last 30 years have done to us all. Who are we now? How can we continue to act as members of the community and society and make changes and choices for the future?"
Adam explained that Songs Of Experience is not currently on anyone's schedule, but the band feels it needs to come out by the end of this year. "We're going to get back to that later this year and polish it off and finish it off a bit more. But we think we're there with it. It's not like the switch to do these Joshua Tree shows was because we needed a lot of time. It was just because it's pretty much in the bag. We can still work on it throughout this year, all the little nips and tucks that we want to do. ... In some ways, the experience of playing those Joshua Tree shows and those songs this summer, inevitably, couldn't help [but] have some impact on what the record ultimately becomes when we finish work on it."
As for the continuation of the Innocence + Experience Tour, Adam described it as "an indoor tour that's focused on production we had pioneered on the Innocence tour, it was going to be that production taken further."
According to Live Nation, over 1.1 million tickets for The Joshua Tree tour 2017 were sold in a single day. This is one of the most popular and fastest-selling tours in history.
Due to huge demand, U2 announced more dates for Europe and North America. Fan club presale for those new dates is open now and runs until Friday. The ticket sale for the general public will happen on Monday, Jan. 23.
If you couldn’t get a ticket, you should read our article posted earlier this week. It has a lot of tips about what you need to do to find a ticket. Don’t give up.
U2 announced three additional shows to The Joshua Tree Tour 2017's North American itinerary:
Sun. May 21: Los Angeles, CA at Rose Bowl
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