Originally published by Rolling Stone on January 23, 2017.
Photo: Anton Corbijn
U2 is taking their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree on tour in stadiums across America and Europe this year in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary. It’s a chance for the band to re-connect with fans after the rather disappointing reception to their 2014 LP Songs of Innocence, and it gives them a chance to hit the road while continuing to put the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. So why is U2 replanting The Joshua Tree? The Edge tells Rolling Stone‘s Andy Greene how the current political climate led U2 back to The Joshua Tree, how the shows will work and what U2’s future looks like.