The outside of the stadium was filled with police directing traffic this way and that. The traffic jam as backed up for miles in many directions as people made their way to hear this band that started across the pond. The stadium filled to the brim at 80,000. They came to hear U2 celebrate 30 years of their legendary album The Joshua Tree. This tour marks the band’s first time in full performance of this fan favorite album.
It is quite something to hear 80,000 people sing in unison, and this crowd did just that, more than once. This album has crossed generations, and it showed in the ages that showed up for the performance. Mom and Dads brought small children. Teenagers arrived laughing excited for the show. Generation X was out in full force. Millemials were everywhere. Even Baby Boomers were there. This is the appeal of U2. They have a broad swath of cultural and artistic appeal. Their work speaks to many ears and that dark mythic place in the back of your mind.
This journalist happened to have the privilege of seeing the first Joshua Tree tour. It was the U2 Joshua Tree Tour, The Joshua Tree 3rd leg: North America in December 1987 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The Coliseum was then too filled to the brim. It was a sold out performance at that time as well. This band has evolved. Yet they haven’t. They’ve kept their original sound. Yet they’ve stayed relevant, up with the times. They moved about this country on this 30th anniversary tour from state to state appealing to an Angeleno in California and still to a Texan in Arlington, where this concert was held.
The band has an upcoming release that continues its Songs Of Innocence album. You’re The Best Thing About Me, the first single from the band’s 14th studio album Songs Of Experience was released September 6, 2017.
“Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake,” said the band of its work in a statement on the single’s release. “While Songs of Innocence charted the band’s earliest influences and experiences in the late 1970s and early 80s, the new album is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart; family, friends, fans, himself.”