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Edge Talks to Rolling Stone About the Upcoming Joshua Tree 30 Tour

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Since their formation in 1976, U2 have aggressively avoided any move that even hints at nostalgia. But this year they’re going to finally look back by taking their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree on tour in stadiums across America and Europe in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary. It’s a chance for the band to re-connect with fans after the rather disappointing reception to their 2014 LP Songs of Innocence, and it gives them a chance to hit the road while continuing to put the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. A couple of weeks before the shows were formally announced, U2 guitarist the Edge phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour, reviving rare songs onstage, their next album, Donald Trump and much more.

Rolling Stone: Can you give me some background on how this tour came together?

Well, when we came off the last tour, the Innocence and Experience indoor tour, we headed straight into finishing the second album of that set, Songs of Experience, which we were pretty much complete with after a couple of weeks of the final touches leading up to the end of the year. And then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed. We just went, “Hold on a second – we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.” That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.

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U2’s Joshua Tree Vandalized

joshua-tree-cutThe joshua tree documented on the cover of U2’s album of the same name, The Joshua Tree, was vandalized. The tree was photographed for the album cover in 1987.
A fan posted about the vandalism online, writing, “This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs – evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir. Are you kidding me? I won’t even elaborate as to how pathetic this is. Let’s just say it was a good thing I didn’t happen upon this ignorant low-life degenerate in his course of action.”

The identity of the vandal is currently unknown, as is the date it took place.

Another fan wrote online with words for future visitors, “Leave the damn Tree alone, so that future fans can enjoy it. Left alone, the Tree will be there for many, many decades to come.”

The tree, located in the Mojave desert in California, has become a site of pilgrimage for U2 fans.

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