Although the Irish band have been adamant about giving shine to new music, guitarist the Edge explains to Rolling Stone that they reconsidered an anniversary tour after the American election, saying that Joshua Tree is more relevant than ever.
"That record was written in the mid-'80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics," The Edge told the mag. "It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners' strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America. It feels like we're right back there in a way."
He went on:
"I don't think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent. It just felt like, 'Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn't have three years ago, four years ago.' And so it was kind of serendipitous, really, just the realization that we needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out, just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say."
While Bono & Co. were fairly close to finishing their Songs of Experience album last year, they decided to put that on hold after hearing of Donald Trump's election.
"We just went, 'Hold on a second—we've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world,'" the Edge recalls. "That's because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you'd agree, the world is a different place."
Check out the dates for the tour below:
U2: The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour Dates
5/12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
5/14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
5/17 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
5/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
5/24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
5/26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
6/03 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6/07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
6/8-11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
6/11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
6/14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
6/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
6/20 – Washington DC – FedExField
6/23 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
6/25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
6/28 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
7/01 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
7/08 – London, UK – Twickenham
7/12 – Berlin, DE – Olympic Stadium
7/15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
7/18 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium
7/22 – Dublin, IE – Croke Park
7/25 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
7/29 – Amsterdam, NE – Amsterdam Arena
8/01 – Brussels, BE – Stade Roi Baudouin