Everyone’s favourite Irish rock band is touring the world with what is sure to be one of the most nostalgic rock experiences of all time.
U2 will play their iconic 1987 album The Joshua Tree in its entirety during each of their stadium concerts across Europe and North America this year. Stops are to include Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, and a headline at Bonnaroo in Tennessee, which is a first for the band.
But the band insists this flashback tour of one of its best and most renowned albums isn’t just about nostalgia. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of the album, but the current political stage is, they assert, set much like it was in the mid eighties, when Bono and the boys originally wrote it. At that time, Reagan in the U.S. and Thatcher in the U.K. were tilting to the right, inspiring political unrest similar to what we’re seeing with Donald Trump, Brexit and the like today.
“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” said Bono in a statement. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current — love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, U2 guitarist The Edge said that the tour is as much about looking forward as it is about looking back. “It’s almost like this album has come full circle and we’re back there again,” he said. “It’s kind of got a relevance again that we’re certainly aware of.”
The band’s intentions aside, if you’re a fan and live in Vancouver or Toronto, you should probably pick up some tickets. If you’re not from those two cities, this sounds like a pretty legit reason for a road trip — we know what you’ll be listening to on the way down.