U2's March 1987

U2's fifth studio album was about to be released, produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno on Island Records.  What a year. 

After many years of research, a new drug as discovered for the treatment of AIDS. The stock market did a nose dive around the world. Baby M case. A New Jersey court declares the First Case in an American court ruling on the validity of Surrogacy over custody rights of "Baby M" re a surrogacy agreement with Mary Beth Whitehead.

Terry Waite Kidnapping, FOX network born, creating the 4th network on U.S airwaves and the Simpsons appeared on TV for the first time.  Prozac debuts, Regan Years, Wall Street, Dirty Dancing and yet in all of that noise a band for Dublin awakens the American spirit to drive hate into the darkness. 

I love being there, I love America, I love the feeling of the wide open spaces, I love the deserts, I love the mountain ranges, I even love the cities. So having fallen in love with America over the years that we’ve been there on tour, I then had to ‘deal with’ America and the way it was affecting me, because America’s having such an effect on the world at the moment. On this record I had to deal with it on a political level for the first time, if in a subtle way.
— Bono

1987 was a year filled with promise, despair, tears and joy and U2 took over the airwaves of Rock, Pop stations across America with the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree.

The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and depicts the band's love–hate relationship with the United States, using socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery. The album received critical acclaim with chart-topping songs:
 "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "Where the Streets Have No Name," the first two of which became the group's only number-one singles in the US.

The Boys won a few Grammy's for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.   Hitting the road in 1987 with a record breaking tour, selling out venues around the world.

Critics could no longer ignore the boys from Dublin, placing them on the list of one of the greatest albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold.

The boys released a remastered edition to push the album forward into a digital age, and in 2014 it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the US Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

"Outside its America"

Louisville Final North America Date

Promoters Live Nation have announced one final North American concert for The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour.

The band will play at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky on June 16th, with special guest OneRepublic.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 3rd, at 10am (local) with a presale to U2.com subscribers opening tomorrow, Tuesday and running until Thursday. (Qualifying subscribers will be emailed with further details).

 #U2TheJoshuaTree2017

Clayton Shares Insights

Adam Clayton U2 / Mark Peterson/U2TOURFANS

Adam Clayton U2 / Mark Peterson/U2TOURFANS

New York:   Now Adam sits down with Rolling Stone. The full court press marketing machine is up and running. U2' has the best publicist team around. Creating opportunities for the boys to get the word out and share their views on the upcoming tour, the last tour and well yes the new album. Andy Greene captured a couple of great talking points and got some answers that have been in the minds of U2 fans. 

The boys like touring and playing music live. This summer should be a blast for most fans. No word on Latin America, however, you can see the on-line support grow to request a Latin/South America tour.


I&E Tour was to extend into 2016. However, the challenges of the new album and the idea of pivoting towards Songs of Experience proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. Throw in some world events as Brexit and Donald Trump and you a recipe for some new songs, maybe some activism. Could the album be ready this year? Well maybe.

Tomorrow we will cover the Joshua Tree tour and what we could expect. As well as the one question Andy asked Adam that happened to be on our minds too.

Hey join the forum for some great U2 fans conversations

Scalpers In U2 Heaven

New York:  Sure U2 has sold over 1.1 million tickets worldwide. However how many have been sold directly to music fans? U2 fans again have expressed significant concerns on how ticket sales once again have pushed U2 fans to secondary markets at prices that go beyond extreme.

U2 fans have taken to social media to express their anger at Live Nation, Ticketmaster and of course the thousands of ticket brokers around the world. A petition has launched by the Irish fans voicing their concerns about the secondary market.  

So what about the fan club? If you're a member, you get a pre-sale code, and you can purchase tickets before the ticket sales open to the public. However, that right comes with a fee and no guarantee that you will, in fact, get tickets.  Just how many tickets are carved out for the fan club? Ticket sales have been an issue not only for U2 fans, but it's also a matter for all fans that would like experience a show at a reasonable price. 

The dedicated U2 fans have worked out among each other a way of sharing pre-sale codes and even extra tickets at face value to ensure that fans can attend the show and not support brokers.

Fans can share their information with other fans on U2 Forums. Sharing their extra tickets or even pre-sales codes which at this point would be over. Fans find ways to connect with other fans and work out ways to be able to attend shows. U2 fans are the most dedicated and supportive of other fans. In the end we all want to have a great U2 experience

Psst More U2 The Joshua Tree Tour Dates

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Recently announced 2nd shows: Los Angeles (May 21st), Chicago (June 4th), East Rutherford (June 29th), London (July 9), Rome (July 16), Paris (July 26) and Amsterdam (July 30).

  • Wednesday, 18 Jan., 9am - Presales open for 'Red Hill Group' (longtime subscribers)
  • Thursday, 19 Jan., 9am - Presales open for 'Wires Group' (new subscribers)
  • Friday, 20 Jan., 5pm - Presales end
  • Monday, 23 Jan. - Public on sale London (July 9), Rome (July 16), Paris (July 26), Amsterdam (July 30)


All times local to venue and city.