"I think all this thing about plastic surgery and pop stars obsessed with the way they look . . . they're kinda cuttin' bits off themselves, you know."
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January 21, 2017
The Edge makes an appearance at the Women's March Los Angeles in downtown L.A. He performs "Pride" on a temporary stage with Juliette Lewis on vocals, Abby Travis on bass and Brad Wilk on drums.
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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
U2's European dates for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 sold out in minutes, prompting the band to add more dates to the tour. In an official statement on U2.com, the dates added are:
Sun. 9 July: London, UK at Twickenham Stadium
Fan club presales will begin later this week, and the general ticket sale will happen Monday, Jan. 23.
UPDATE: The list above appears to be the only new shows that will be added in Europe. An e-mail from U2.com that's going out today begins with this (emphasis ours): "Four more shows have been added to complete the dates on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017." The use of "complete" suggests that no more shows will be added. Although rumors have circulated for a while that a second Dublin show would be added, both Hot Press and the Irish Times are reporting that's not the case. "Speculation as to whether U2 will play a second Croke Park show has been ended with the band issuing a definitive 'No' through their Irish PR company," Hot Press reports.
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