On Christmas day, we saw a video of U2 trimming a Joshua Tree with Bono saying there were going to be some very special shows in 2017 in honor of the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree as well as the release of the new album Songs of Experience. Then there were weeks (well 2 weeks but it felt like an eternity) of speculation of what that actually meant. Then FINALLY on Monday, U2 announced dates for their Joshua Tree 2017 Tour and confirmed the ENTIRE album will be played.
This means after 30 years, I will finally hear, the song I was obsessed with in the late 1980s and early 1990s, “RED HILL MINING TOWN” played live in concert. Oh I wish I could go back and tell my 14 year old self this, so I would not have been SO upset I had to miss the Joshua Tree concert because I wasn’t allowed to go. Besides “Red Hill Mining Town,” I will also hear for the first time “Trip Through Your Wires” and “Exit” (as well as “Mothers of the Disappeared” but I have no real emotion about that). I am REALLY hoping we hear some never played before b – sides like my favorite “Luminous Times” and “Walk to the Water” as well as “Deep in the Heart” and “Spanish Eyes.”
Edge told Rolling Stone he didn’t know if The Joshua Tree would be played in order, probably not, and they would be playing songs from other albums. I think it would be amazing if the other songs they played were just from Rattle and Hum and its b – sides like “Hallelujah Here She Comes” and “A Room at the Heartbreak.” Wouldn’t it be amazing to hear RnH rarities like “Heartland,” “Hawkmoon269” and “God Part II?” Or if U2 doesn’t just stick to songs off The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum, I think they should stick to the songs they played on the original Joshua Tree tour – so nothing past 1987 (unless they want to include songs from Rattle and Hum because for me that’s really just The Joshua Tree part 2). But whatever songs U2 play it will be fine because I’m finally seeing THE JOSHUA TREE tour after 30 years!
Most people are just excited because there is a U2 tour and would be just as excited if this was a tour for the new album. Not me. I wasn’t ready for a U2 tour this year with everything else I have going on, but I wouldn’t miss The Joshua Tree for anything – not a second time. Most people say they are SO excited to hear songs from the Joshua Tree, but they weren’t actually fans back in 1987 like I was (and wasn’t allowed to go to The Joshua Tree tour because I was only 14). Missing the tour because you were too young and not a fan is different than missing it because you were too young and a fan. It doesn’t mean they like The Joshua Tree any less than I do – it’s just different. I don’t mind I missed The Unforgettable Fire or War Tour because I wasn’t a U2 fan yet. All I am saying is this Joshua Tree tour means more to me than any regular U2 tour.
I became a U2 fan when The Joshua Tree was released and it was all I listened to constantly from 1987 to 1991 (along with Rattle and Hum) even after I had bought all their previous albums. Besides “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” my favorites off The Joshua Tree are “Red Hill Mining Town” (I was obsessed with this song!), “Running to Stand Still,” “Trip Through Your Wires,” “In God’s Country,” and b-sides “Luminous Times” (my second favorite song – still gives me chills after all these years), “Walk to the Water,” “Deep in the Heart” and “Spanish Eyes.” I love the b-sides of The Joshua Tree as much as, if not more than, the songs that actually made it onto the album. The Joshua Tree was also all I watched for five years. I taped everything off MTV – documentaries, videos, concerts, award show appearances and interviews. My favorite is the first U2 I ever taped off tv, the documentary Outside It’s America– I know it by heart because I used to watch it everyday. The Joshua Tree is still my favorite album. It is truly a part of me. It is ingrained in me. Its songs are second nature to me. Like being home, they are comforting. The Joshua Tree changed my life.
(check back next week when i share my plans for this tour)