FOXBORO — U2 will return to Gillette Stadium this summer as part of its U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic “Joshua Tree” album, LiveNation announced this morning.
The band will play Gillette on Sunday, June 25, with the Lumineers as the opening act. Each show on the tour will include a performance of “The Joshua Tree” in its entirety.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com. It will mark U2’s first performance in Foxboro since the band’s 360 Tour sold out two nights at Gillette Stadium in 2009.
“The Joshua Tree” was U2’s first #1 album in the U.S. and topped the charts globally, including the U.K. and Ireland. It sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and transformed the band “… from heroes to superstars,” Rolling Stone magazine observed.
Released on March 9, 1987, it featured hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.”
“It seems like we have come full circle from when ‘The Joshua Tree’ songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album — as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too — we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it,” said The Edge, the band’s lead guitarist.
“Recently I listened back to 'The Joshua Tree' for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization… all the greats... I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them,” said lead singer Bono.