The Joshua Tree was released 30 years ago in 1987. On the anniversary of its release U2 have announced a new tour “Joshua Tree 2017” during which they will be playing the full album. This is the first time they have done anything like this and its prompted us to take a fresh look at their classic.
We are devoting a full program to examining the album. Not only will we be playing it in its entirety and discussing the individual tracks in depth but we will be examining the album in a wider context.
What was its impact? What were the influences and who did it, in turn, influence? Is it really the classic most people regard it to be?
The Joshua Tree was released at a time when the cold war between the US and the Soviet Union looked like heating up with proxy wars in Central America in full flow. This influenced the album strongly (“Bullet The Blue Sky” and “Mothers of the Disappeared”).
But many of the tracks were much more personal, like “One Tree Hill” which was in memory of one of the crew.
Join us for all the music of the album, along with information and a wide discussion of the contradictions and place of U2’s The Joshua Tree