The U2 tour that we’ve all been anticipating is now coming to Australia AND New Zealand! Rumours have been swirling around the internet for the last few months – we were actually informed a few weeks back – and today, the band confirmed it via Twitter.
The band will be playing shows in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. The Joshua Tree Tour will hit select stadiums in New Zealand, Australia, Japan – and, for the first time ever – Singapore and South Korea later this year.
|Dates (so far) are:|
|8 November||Auckland, NZ||Mt. Smart Stadium|
|12 November||Brisbane, AU||SunCorp Stadium|
|15 November||Melbourne, AU||Marvel Stadium|
|19 November||Adelaide, AU||Adelaide Oval|
|22 November||Sydney, AU||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|27 November||Perth, AU||Optus Stadium|
|4 December||Tokyo, JP||Saitama Super Arena|
|5 December||Tokyo, JP||Saitama Super Arena|
|8 December||Seoul, KR||Gocheok Sky Dome|
Bono and The Edge sound very excited about the upcoming tour:
Bono: “It’s only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it’s great to be able to say that I’ve finally caught up with the band. Our audience has given the Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion… From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging… it’s quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again. Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul… We’re coming for you.”
Edge: “We really, REALLY wanted to bring The Joshua Tree to New Zealand, Australia and Asia” added The Edge. “We promised we would and finally, now we can say that we will see you in November… It’s going to feel like a homecoming and we are very excited.”
Hearing rare JT gems such as Red Hill Mining Town, Trip Through Your Wires and One Tree Hill will truly be an experience for all in attendance. This is largely due to the fact that The Joshua Tree is an album that all U2 fans grew up with. It’s also worth noting that THIS is the album that turned U2 from club musicians to stadium rock gods within a very short period of time. There’s also every possibility that we will be seeing U2’s usual ground breaking video images displayed on their own 8K video screen (below).
The screen is measured at 200 feet wide and 45 feet high.
As is to be expected with the world’s biggest rock act, U2 have gone even further and broken ground with a new paperless ticketing system. This system will be applicable to all stadium floor tickets, and has been designed to ensure true U2 fans have the best access possible. These tickets will be delivered to chosen mobile devices 72 hours prior to the applicable show. Limit for general public ticket purchases is 8, and 4 for U2.com members.
Seating plan (below):
The band last visited Australia and New Zealand in 2010 with its hugely successful “360” Tour. Noel Gallagher and his “High Flying Birds” are confirmed as support for the Australian and New Zealand legs of the tour.
U2.com subscriber presales will open this Tuesday 4 June.