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The Joshua Tree And Me (30th Anniversary Upcoming)

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a great read curtesy of @stoxo 

 

 So it is 30 years ago, in March, since U2 released Joshua Tree and took over the world. Today they announced that in celebration of the anniversary they are going to take that iconic album and play it in full. The Joshua Tree Tour... again.

It seems that the band feel it is a relevant cycle of songs for the state of the world 30 years on. It seems that the current state of the world after Trump's election has made them rethink their Songs Of Experience record that was due this year. The stop gap, to maybe help them inspire themselves to finish the album, gives them an opportunity to follow Bruce Springsteen's model of playing an entire record live; Springsteen's The River to U2's Joshua Tree. As long as Songs Of Experience comes soon and is a brilliant album fans will forgive a glorifying of the past. It was not what we expected, or wanted but it might be fun!

 

read it in full :

 

http://stocki.typepad.com/soulsurmise/2017/01/so-it-is-30-years-ago-in-march-since-u2-released-joshua-tree-and-took-over-the-world-today-they-announced-that-in-celebr.html

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I lost my son Wil in March 2014 and had October played at his funeral.  A friend of mine works for the One Campaign and asked Bono to write me a note.  He did.

 

A year later, I wrote him back and told him that I would be at the May 23rd, 2015 show in Phoenix.  Long story short, my girlfriend and I got about 10 minutes alone with him in a holding room before the show.  

 

Our all access pass (which we got for free) got us into the Red Zone.  At least two hours later as the show was wrapping up, the band played Where the Streets have no name.  As they were in the outro, he looked in our direction and shouted into the mic,

 

"This is for Tommy and Wil!  There is no end to love!  Tommy!!!"

 

 Of 20,000 people in the arena, there may have been five of us who knew what he was talking about.

 

In fact, my girlfriend and I were so shocked we weren't sure it happened until we verified it by watching it on YouTube the next day.  It was an absolutely incredible act of kindness to lift the spirits of someone who is still in pain today, but worse pain then.

 

I can't wait to hear the band play Streets again this Summer on this tour.  I've heard that Bono, Bill Clinton and the Pope are the three most recognizable people in the world.  It's amazing that he is as thoughtful as he is.  I don't say this often, but I am truly blessed to have had the chance to spend just 10 minutes in conversation with him.  Just 3 of us, directly before the band took the stage.  Unbelievable!  

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TJT was released on my birthday...while it hits the 30 year mark, I'll be hitting the 50 mark! What a great way to celebrate!! 

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It's been 30 years,i was 14 yrs old.When my eyes struck for the a cassette displayed in a an audio store in my homwtown Medan City,Indonesia.That cover really hit the bottom of my heart. It was clear that my heart keep telling me that "THIS IS A SUPER ALBUM". THE JOSHUE TREE is the first rock album i ever bought. "Where The Streets Have No Name" a fast guitar playing, drums and bass playing but the lyric reall touch the bottom of my heart "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" an optimism in the middle of stranded situation and  "With or Without You" really breaks  my heart. Those are defenitly on my personal GREATEST ROCK SINGLES.

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I was 14 and driving through Joshua Tree State Park on our way to LA. I asked my dad to put it on the stereo.  He obliged. 

A year later the camp counselor played a few songs from TJT around the camp fire.  Best camp ever. 

It became the soundtrack of my youth. Got me through the hard years. 

 

29 years later doing family research I found out I am a whole lot of Irish. I guess in some silly way I feel a connection to my roots through the band.

 

It just made sense. I am a social justice warrior. Not self proclaimed (comes from my co-workers), but I work in the business of fighting social oppression. 

I believe it comes from the influence of my roots and TJT. Like it is part of my DNA. 

 

Thank you for the highs and lows. Thank you for helping me not give up when it gets hard. Thank you for the coping skills of just stepping back and letting it ride when I feel saturated by others trauma. Thank you for the best.

 

My Joshua Tree story. 

 

 

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Wonderful stories.  I had been a fan since seeing the video "Gloria" several years prior, but The Joshua Tree was my first U2 tour.  I waited for hours with my sister at a ticket outlet store on 66th street in Manhattan.  We must have waited for ten hours, because the shows sold out, and more shows were added.  We were cold, tired and hungry, had full bladders, but remained committed (and hopeful) of purchasing tickets.  The ticket outlet vendor was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, as well as the process of distributing tickets.  

 

After ten hours, it was finally my turn, and I purchased tickets to see U2 at MSG in New York and NJ.  I was SO HAPPY!  By the way, my tickets were $19.00 US dollars!  My fondest memory was U2 performing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with the New Voices of Freedom choir.  It was breathtaking!  This was the best version of this song that I've ever heard.

 

I feel blessed to have experienced their music live for so long.  

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I don't really have much of a story.

 

It would have been around March/early April 1993 in the early days of my fandom, I had bought Rattle & Hum on tape a few weeks before and Achtung Baby maybe 6 months before that. A mate at school copied his brother's Joshua Tree CD onto a cassette tape for me. I played it when I got home, and when "With Or Without You" started I thought "Isn't that the song from Bill & Ted?"

 

A few weeks later (the weekend of April 25th actually) I spent the weekend at my best friends place, who was also on his way to being a huge fan (although not anymore). Although there was some 16-bit gaming and movies, a majority of it was a U2 weekend. We watched the Philips DCC ZooTV special that I had recorded off TV a few months earlier and the Rattle & Hum movie (which my mate had recently bought on VHS), walked the streets singing U2 songs, listened to Under A Blood Red Sky (which I had scored on cassette at a swap meet the previous weekend), Achtung Baby, Rattle & Hum, and The Joshua Tree.

 

Like I said, not much of a story. No concerts or meeting the band or anything exciting. Listening to The Joshua Tree just makes me think of that weekend with my best friend.

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Being 26 years old, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be around for TJT’s release, but I discovered shortly after turning 11 and hearing U2 (Beatiful Day) on some music channel.  My father had a cassette hanging around – he’d probably played it once since buying it in 1987!

It was an album that changed my life, musically.  While not my favourite album from U2’s back catalogue, hearing TJT for the first time exposed me to something deeper than mainstream music at the time.  It was the soundtrack to my early teens.  Hearing “Still Haven’t Found…” made me want to pick up a guitar. Hearing “Red Hill…” made me want to pursue singing.

A real seminal moment for music in 1987, and for me in 2001.

 

 

 

 

-First post on the forums (wahey!!)

 

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My first BIG concert as a wide eyed 18 year old kid. Arrived at my local record shop (before the age of the web) before it opened to make sure I got my 2 tickets for Leeds - Elland Road.

 

30 years have now flown by. I've been fortunate enough to of seen most of the modern day greats, and it's true what they say - you never forget your first time.

 

The thought of the intro to 'Where the Streets have no name' still makes the now greying hairs on the back of my neck stand up and my eyes glaze over - unforgettable.

 

With a bit of luck I'll snap up 4 tickets for London and hopefully give my family a glimpse of true brilliance & emotion.

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In 1987 a new medium for listening to music was introduced to me. It was called a "Compact Disk." The very first CD that I purchased was "The Joshua Tree" and I still have it!

Very excited to see them perform on the West Coast (Seattle).

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30 years ago, and my Husband and I were seniors in HS. I heard the announcement break on the radio during one of our school lunch breaks that U2 would be coming back to Arizona to play at Sun Devil Stadium. ( I was fortunate enough to have been able to see them in concert at a smaller venue on the ASU campus when their JT Tour had just begun. We had ended up with nose-bleed seats for that first concert, but I'm a huge U2 fan, and didn't care, loved every minute of it!...Now they were coming back and the tickets were only $10!!! I thought for sure that I'd heard the announcement wrong, but ..U2 wanted to have the whole stadium filled because they would be filming for their 'Rattle and Hum' movie.  I remember being SO excited to tell my friends about what I'd just heard!! Later that week, I was able to go w/ a friend and wait all night in a lottery line at Dillard's Box office, and was able to buy almost a whole row of seats for a group of us from school. As the concert drew near, we could actually see the lights from the stadium from our school bus windows as concert preparations were being made, early in the mornings while we were headed off to school. I remember the emotions that I felt while looking out the bus window, and being so happy that I was going to see U2 w/ my friends! This was our senior year, and every time I heard U2 on the radio in my car, or on a cassette in my room, their music, their message, Bono's voice would fill my heart and soul, and while I sang each one of their songs at the top of my lungs, I felt that anything was possible, the world was full of possibilities and hope.... and our concert seats were going to be only about 5 rows away from the stage!!!

​A night of U2 and B.B. King....it was an amazing, words can not express how awesome, concert!!! Because I'm pretty short, when everyone stood up, I couldn't see much of U2 themselves, and my friend and I kept trying to stand on our seats to get a better view, but security would come by to tell everyone to stay off of the seats. Even though I couldn't see much, the speakers were directly in front of us, and the sound just completely enveloped us! Many people were wearing Santa hats, everyone was singing and happy, we were all 'One'!!....My husband of today was one of my friends in our group that evening, and now, we have been married for 25 years​!! U2's incredible music has been with us throughout all these years, and uplifted me while my Husband was away in the Army before we were married, and through all of the ups and downs of life since.

​In May of 2015, I was able to share my love of U2 with our oldest daughter and her boyfriend, and we traveled from the Seattle area to Vancouver, BC to see them kick off their Innocence and Experience Tour. We were all sad as we had just recently heard of B.B. King's passing. I knew in my heart that Bono would honor him in some way that night.  We had nose-bleed seats once again, but the excitement and joy that I felt was that same feeling from back in HS, and I was so happy to share their incredible music with my daughter and her friend, a new generation soon to be graduating from HS as well!  ​I am so looking forward to the JT Tour 2017, and hopeful that I can get good seats! Hopeful that my oldest daughter, who is now serving in the USAF, can come home on leave, and we can all see U2 together, celebrating our 25 years, and U2's 30 year anniversary of Joshua Tree!!

​Thank you for allowing me to share our story!

 

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Does anyone know if there will be another tour after this one for the new album coming out?

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Does anyone know if there will be another tour after this one for the new album coming out?

 

Nothing official at the moment...

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I was in high school and it was the first big U2 album I remember going all in on. I knew War/Unforgettable but just a few songs. When WoWY came out, that was the cassette I had to have. I played it until it warped. I joined Columbia House for the umpteenth time get every U2 cassette.  I tried to beg borrow and steal to go to that tour, but I was under 18 and there wasn't the internets and I didn't know when / where they went on sale and there were very few ticketmaster outlets..and I wasn't in the club.

 

I didn't join Propaganda until right around Achtung - so I had to sit in the nose bleeds for the indoor ZooTV show but the outdoor one was completely awesome. Primus and The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy opened for them. It was awesome. Than again at the indoor ZooTV show an up and coming band called the Pixies opened, that was pretty good too...

 

The sad part is I went around the office saying "U2 Joshua Tree presale today!!" and the people around me 1) were not U2 fans, 2) didn't know what the Joshua Tree was...and I'm like oh yeah, you weren't alive 30 years ago. I'm old now. Sad!

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u2tapecollector, that is a MIGHTY U2 collection!

Very, very impressive!

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a new single to accompany the new tour you say?

 

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Bigwave, I finally got to sit down and read through your whole post rather than skimming bits and pieces. Thanks for writing and sharing it. It's beautifully written and so true, for you and for so many others like myself.  I was only 13 when TJT came out but oh my goodness, the hours upon hours I spent placing the needle on that record and then diving into that landscape.  Listening to TJT was not background music, it was a full-body, full-soul EXPERIENCE each time. Definitely stamped on my soul, interwoven with my time of waking up to political awareness, to spiritual longing.  I can't wait to see this tour.  

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I finally joined this site because of this thread. Three major things hit me at the same time.

 

1. I turned 50 last month, and at that time I discovered:

2. The Joshua Tree is going to be 30.

3. The Joshua Tree takes me back to the most pivotal, most loved, happiest time of my life.

 

I became a fan of U2 in 1982 when I was in 10th grade. I had Boy and October in High school...War in 11th grade/senior year of high school. Off to college in 1984 to The Unforgettable Fire. What a gift U2 gave me.

 

I graduated college in 1986. Then, when The Joshua Tree came out I was working in corporate America and dating my soon to be husband. I was 21 years old. I was studying photography part time while working full-time. I was young, thin, creative, talented, even ran a 5k. I then married and moved away to a very rural area...where literally the streets had no name. It was a new, exciting world. There were very few road signs... giving directions would be like: turn left at the yellow barn...go two miles, turn right at the church. It was heaven. We were young. It was truly God's Country. And Joshua Tree was the soundtrack for years. This was the happiest time of my life...and a few years later, after achtung baby and when zooropa was released my son was born.

 

My son is now 21 years old. My favorite person in the world. My husband left us long ago. For Christmas this year my boyfriend (a wonderful man) bought me an iPod and my son helped me set up an iTunes account. I copied 16 u2 cds onto that iPod. (Yes I'm way behind when it comes to technology). My son gave me a thingamajig so I can play my iPod in my car, through the speakers. Awesome.

 

I adore The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum. I had a vhs copy of the Rattle and Hum movie but managed to find a nice dvd of it a few weeks ago. Evey time I watch it I bawl my eyes out when With or Without You comes on. My boyfriend just says "it reminds you of everything doesn't it". Yes.

 

It's hard sometimes when an album is so capable of transporting you back to "another time and another place". Time truly does march on...I just can't believe it's been thirty years. Still the best music I've ever heard.

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I wrote a few posts called When I Became a Fan (parts I, II & III) on my blog site about this landmark album last summer.  It was an album that came at just the right time for me.  It was a tough time in my life and that is why it has such a special place in my heart.  What a fanatic record it was--and still is.

 

It's a little too long to write here, but suffice it to say I was high school kid struggling with the loss of a parent.  TJT spoke to me in a way that I never would have expected.  I didn't even like rock music before it.  Man, did it change me.

 

Please check it out, if you are so inclined.   :)  Thanks!

 

https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/

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For me, it was the moment I became a real U2 fan. I was just 14 years old and bought the album from Woolworths with my birthday money. I had heard of u2, but didn't take much notice at that age. I loved listbut to this day I didn't know what drew me to buy it. I didn't even know what I was going to spend my money on! I'd never bought music before, ever. My mum tried to talk me out of it but I just had to have it.

From that day on, I played it over and over and over. Every time I hear it it takes me right back in an instant. I have the album in my car and play it often. My 8 and 10 year old girls know U2 very well and sing along with me. I even have a U2 bumper sticker on the back of my car which my friends mock me for. That album changed the way I listened to music. It changed the way I felt about life. After learning more about the band, It tought me that music is what feelings sound like. I have a different emotions for each of the tracks on that album and each time I listen to it it's like the first time all over again. Simple as that x

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