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U2's 2017 stadium tour of The Joshua Tree to take in two nights in Croke Park

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
U2's 2017 stadium tour of The Joshua Tree to take in two nights in Croke Park

U2 are to outline plans tomorrow for a major 2017 stadium tour of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree that will take in two nights in Croke Park.

The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary tour is expected to kick off in Vancouver on May 12 and travel around stadiums in the US before arriving in Europe in July.

In 1987 U2 catapulted into permanent superstardom with The Joshua Tree, which went on to sell 25 million copies.

Taking to Facebook in December, the Dublin four-piece spoke about their plans to tour the record and revealed plans to release their new album, Songs of Experience, in the new year.

"Next year [2017] is going to be a big year for the U2 group,” they said. “We have Songs Of Experience coming, and to honour 30 years of The Joshua Tree, we have some very, very special shows coming."

A new single from the original Joshua Tree sessions is expected to be released shortly to tie-in with the tour.

Two years ago, the Joshua Tree album was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the US Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry which “represents America’s culture and history” - the only Irish musical work to be so honoured.