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By Keith Spera, The New Orleans Advocate

Twenty years after U2's last full-length concert in New Orleans, the band will bring the elaborate stadium tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its album "The Joshua Tree" to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this fall.

Beck will open the show slated for Sept. 14.

New Orleans was not on the initial 33-date itinerary for the "Joshua Tree" trek, nor on the list of additional cities released last week. Live Nation Entertainment, the tour's promoter, announced the New Orleans show on Monday morning.

Following a pre-sale for U2.com subscribers, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. Standing-room-only, general admission floor tickets are $70 plus taxes and fees. Reserved-seat balcony tickets start at $35 plus fees.

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By Colin Stutz, Billboard

The band will return to North America and hit South America this fall.

U2 is extending its Joshua Tree tour this fall by adding two months of shows in North and South America.

The 30th anniversary celebration of the band's seminal album The Joshua Tree kicked off last month and had previously been announced to run until Aug. 1.

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by Chris Willman, Music Writer, Variety

"We feel at home," Bono told the crowd early into the first of two weekend shows at Pasadena's Rose Bowl, quickly amending that to make it clear he meant in L.A., U2's home away from Irish home. But before he clarified that, you might've momentarily leaped to the conclusion he meant the stadium setting itself, since the band slummed its way through mere arenas its last time around before settling on more massive gigs this time around as, well, a sort of homecoming.

The thing that's bringing them to the dance this summer is the same thing that introduced them to stadiums in 1987: "The Joshua Tree," one of the great rock albums of all time by many critical and popular measures. Playing a 30-year-old LP from start to finish may seem like a sop to conventional nostalgia for a group that's been reluctant to give in too readily to laurels-resting, at least musically. Maybe they sensed it was their last chance to reach nightly concert audiences this vast; maybe they're doing something this crowd-pleasing as a make-good for that whole iTunes kerfuffle. Whatever the rationale, U2 has actually found ways to make a "Joshua Tree" reprise feel more like opening a newspaper --albeit a print one -- than an old high school yearbook.

A clearly anti-Donald Trump message and long queues for some fans were among the talking points after the opening show in U2's tour, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Joshua Tree.

By Hot Press

The Joshua Tree tour got off to a powerful start in Vancouver, Canada on Friday night. But the show was not without its controversies.

There was the political dimension for a start, with Bono offering an anti-Donald Trump salvo to the Canadian audience - who clearly empathised.

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by Erin Hill, People.com

The Lumineers didn't think anything could shock them after their meteoric rise to fame following their 2012 breakout hit, "Ho Hey." But when they learned that they sold out not just one, but two shows at Madison Square Garden this month for their Cleopatra World Tour (following their sophomore album), they were floored.

"It blew my mind," lead vocalist and guitarist Wesley Schultz tells PEOPLE. "MSG is this right of passage -- this gauge of how well you're doing."

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by Hugh McIntyre, Forbes Magazine

From the moment U2 announced they were going on tour to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree, it was sure to be a massive success, but few could have predicted just how incredible the response would have been from fans.

According to Live Nation, the company behind the worldwide tour, over 1.1 million tickets were sold in just a single day, easily making this outing one of the most popular and fastest-selling in history.

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Band will spend summer playing 1987 LP at stadiums across North America and Europe

By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo. The festival slot will mark the group's first-ever headlining set at an U.S. festival. The tour - which features Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic rotating as opening acts - kicks off May 12th at BC Place in Vancouver and wraps up July 1st at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before heading over to Europe for a run of eight shows with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will mark the group's first time playing a classic album in concert. They picked one packed with hits, including "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." For hardcore fans, the tour is an opportunity to hear rarely played deep cuts like "Exit," "Trip Through Your Wires" and "In God's Country." It will also feature the first live performance of "Red Hill Mining Town."

Although Bono didn't make it to Grafton Street for the annual busking event that is hosted by Glen Hansard, him and the rest of the band created a special little video hinting at U2 touring stadiums and playing The Joshua Tree in its full entirety to celebrate its 30th anniversary! Watch the video below.


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Songs of Experience could be released as soon as September or October

by Brian Boyd, Irish Times

U2 have confirmed a new world tour for next year and that their next album, Songs of Experience could be released as soon as September or October of this year.

The band were talking to a Spanish fansite last week while in Valencia for the wedding of their childhood friend - Dublin optician, Reggie Manuel.

The new album will be a companion piece to 2014's Song of Innocence in that while the former album dealt with their teenage years on the Northside of Dublin, Songs of Experience will deal with the sudden rush of fame they had in the 1980's beginning with their Live Aid concert experience and becoming the biggest rock band in the world on the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree.

The Songs of Experience tour will begin in March 2017 and will take in the US, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, with an outdoor Irish show in the summer of 2018 a distinct possibility.

Bono joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at one of his shows in Dublin's Croke Park a few days ago and performed "Because the Night" with the E Street band on "The River Tour 2016" in front of 50,000 screaming fans! Watch this unique 2 camera mix from May 29, 2016:

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