U2 has announced a world tour in celebration of their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. The initial announcement includes stops in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will see the band return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 360° Tour in 2010; as well as the first Tokyo shows since the Vertigo Tour in 2006; plus what promises to be some very special concerts with the band’s first ever visit to Singapore and Seoul.
“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,” frontman Bono joked in a press statement about their 2017 tour which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the iconic album. “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.”
U2 guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Edge added, “We really, REALLY wanted to bring The Joshua Tree to New Zealand, Australia and Asia. 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.”
Noel Gallagher is also confirmed as support for the New Zealand and Australia dates, saying “We are beside ourselves. The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour was some of the most fun we ever had. It will be both an honour and a pleasure to share the stage with our friends and comrades once again. It’s gonna be a ripper!”
Head to the band’s website for ticketing information.
NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA/JAPAN/SOUTH KOREA 2019 TOUR DATES:
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