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U2 Will Honor the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Joshua Tree’ in Concert Next Year


Next year marks the 30th anniversary of U2’s blockbuster album The Joshua Tree. In recognition of it, the band said that they are planning major concerts around it, and there are reports that this includes a world stadium tour and a headlining slot at the annual Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

The band broke the news in a video message they posted to their Facebook page. In it, the Edge is playing “The Little Drummer Boy” on guitar and Adam Clayton is decorating the Christmas tree. Bono, wearing a red cowboy hat, says that next year is going to be “a big year for the U2 group,” promising the release of Songs of Experience and — as Larry Mullen Jr., interrupts him with a Santa Claus that sings, “Let It Snow” — some “to honor 30 years of The Joshua Tree, we have some very special shows coming.”

Billboard cites sources as telling them that they’ll begin touring the U.S. in the late-spring, with dates at Bonnaroo, which will be held from June 8-11, and an unspecified two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J., already set. Following the U.S. leg, the sources, say, they will tour Europe. However, a spokesperson for the band did not respond to a request for confirmation of the rumors. Bonnaroo’s lineup is traditionally announced in mid-January.

U2 had hoped to have Songs of Experience ready by the end of this year, but back in August, Bono admitted that it wasn’t finished yet. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence.

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