U2 Debuts New Song at First Stop of 'Joshua Tree' Tour


And word filtering back to us is that it was an wonderful gig, showcasing a band very much at the peak of their powers.

At the BC Place Stadium on Friday, they opened the set with Sunday Bloody Sunday and closed with a brand new unreleased song - Little Things. The band is playing all 11 tracks off the album, in addition to seldom played favorites like "A Sort of Homecoming" and "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)".

Bono, 57, used to live for his time on the road with his bandmates - The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton - but now he appreciates how wonderful Dublin is.

Speaking about the anniversary tour Bono said: "Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in almost 30 years... it's quite an opera". Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Europe. "Croke Park' it's where the album was born, 30 years ago".

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The B stage was shaped in a ideal shadow of the giant, silver Joshua Tree image on and above the main stage, which comprises 1,040 individual video panels. Only recently I realized I had a home and it was Dublin.

In one sense, this special tour represents a moment of pause to celebrate one of the most important albums in rock history. The album was made in the era of Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher, when there was a high level of paranoia about the foreign policy of both the U.S. and the United Kingdom - and the effect that the misguided policies of the respective leaders had on the lives of ordinary people all over the world.

With evocative montages of the American west scrolling on screens behind them, Irish rockers U2 kicked off the US leg of their "Joshua Tree" tour on Sunday with a few jabs at the new political landscape.