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U2 announce Joshua Tree tour of Australia

Bono and The Edge: ‘It’s going to feel like a homecoming’

Bono and The Edge: ‘It’s going to feel like a homecoming’

U2 return to Australia in November for the first time in nine years.

The Dublin quarter will bring their Joshua Tree show to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as support.

The show features all the songs from the seminal 1987 album The Joshua Tree, performed in the order they appeared on the original recording.

Bono said “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.

“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’s Joshua Tree tour has already been seen by almost three million fans.

U2’s Joshua Tree tour has already been seen by almost three million fans.

“We really, really wanted to bring The Joshua Tree to New Zealand, Australia and Asia” added The Edge. “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”. 

It will be the first U2 tour of Australia since the hugely-successful 360° Tour in 2010. 

The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 kicks off in Auckland on November 8 before their first Australian show in Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on November 12.

Marvel Stadium in Melbourne hosts the band on Friday, November 15 before an Adelaide Oval show on Tuesday, November 19.

The Sydney Cricket Ground is the next venue for the band on Friday November 22 before the Australian leg wraps up at Perth’s new Optus Stadium on Wednesday, November 27.

Tickets for the shows go on sale on Tuesday June 11. U2.com subscribers will have first opportunity to purchase tickets starting Tuesday June 4.

The Joshua Tree Tour is a celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987 and features the complete album played in sequence along with a selection of highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs.

The innovative staging includes a specially commissioned series of haunting and evocative films from Dutch photographer, film-maker  and longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn – whose iconic photography accompanied the original recording  - in brilliant 8k resolution on a 200 x 45 foot cinematic screen, the largest high-res LED screen ever used in a touring show.

The show opened to rave reviews in Vancouver, Canada in May 2017 - the first of 20 sold out stadium dates across North America. The sold out Eureopean run kicked off in London’s Twickenham Stadium on July 8 and saw the Dublin band return home to play to 78,000 fans in Croke Park, almost 30 years to the day after they played the legendary Dublin venue on the original Joshua Tree tour.

Having played to over 2.7 million fans in just 51 shows across North and South America, the UK and Europe, and Mexico in six months, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 was the most successful tour of the year.

New PM Morrison quoted Bono in maiden speech

New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with daughters, Abigail, second from right, and Lily, second from left, and wife Jenny after being sworn in at Government House, Canberra. Picture: Andrew Taylor

New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with daughters, Abigail, second from right, and Lily, second from left, and wife Jenny after being sworn in at Government House, Canberra. Picture: Andrew Taylor

Newly sworn in Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has no discernible links with Ireland but he did quote Bono in his maiden speech.

Mr Morrison, 50, has promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and parliament was shut down for an afternoon.

Disgruntled government legislators forced former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull from office on Friday, arguing that most had lost faith in his leadership.

He is the fourth prime minister to be dumped by their own party since 2010 in an extraordinary period of political instability that frustrates most Australians.

Mr Morrison distanced himself from the turmoil, saying he had not been part of the push led by fellow lawmaker Peter Dutton to oust Mr Turnbull over four chaotic days, inspired by a feud between hard-right conservatives and moderates.

"We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the purpose that the Australian people expect of us," Mr Morrison told reporters. "The work of government continues. I want to assure all Australians that those normal wheels are turning."

A devout Christian, who is a member of the Pentecostal church, Morrison is seen as both socially and economically conservative. He is synonymous with the hardline Stop The Boats strategy aimed at intercepting refugees and asylum seekers before they reach Australian shores.

Bono and U2 on stage in the US in 2018.

Bono and U2 on stage in the US in 2018.

In his maiden speech to parliament in 2008 however, he spoke passionately about the plight of African people confronting war, poverty, famine and corruption.

"Africa ... is a humanitarian tragedy on an unimaginable scale," he told the House of Representatives.  "It is a true moral crisis that eclipses all others. The African tragedy is driven by war, poverty, disease, famine, corruption, injustice and an evil that is robbing generations of Africans, our fellow human beings, of their future."

He then quoted Bono.

"Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: 'There is a continent—Africa—being consumed by flames.... when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for ... what we did—or did not do to put the fire out ...'"

Time will tell as to whether Mr Morrison can put the fires of hate out within the parliamentary Liberal Party.