U2 have some big plans for 2017 in the 30th anniversary year of ‘The Joshua Tree’.
The band posted a special Christmas message outlining their plans for the year. First will be the long-promised album Songs of Experience which was supposed to be out 2015 but has been delayed. While the band will say it was for artistic purposes, it also could have been to distance them from the debacle that was the release of Songs of Innocence.
Then, they are promising some “very special shows” for the 30th anniversary of their landmark album The Joshua Tree. Released March 9, 1987, the album included such standards as Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, With or Without You and Bullet the Blue Sky.
Nothing is confirmed, but it could be surmised from the statement that there could be a series of concerts with a complete performance of the album. Sources have told Billboard that there are plans for a U.S. stadium tour starting in late Spring followed by a trek through Europe.
There is also a new rumor that one of those “stadium shows” could be a rare festival appearance by the band at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival from June 8 to 11. U2 rarely do festivals with the last being the 2011 Glastonbury show, so take this with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.