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U2 debuts in India with “The Joshua Tree’ tour


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Legendary, heroic, exalted band, U2, finally make their way to India. India will be their final stop for ‘The Joshua Tree’ tour, their seminal album in their illustrious career. The concert is slated to take place in Mumbai on Sunday, 15 December at the D.Y. Patil Stadium. 

The Irish quartet that comprises of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion) have won a phenomenal 22 Grammy awards, sold a whopping 150-170 million records worldwide, number 22 on the list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in their first year of eligibility. Apart from their lasting impact and success in the music world, the band is also known for their continuous meaningful charitable efforts and involvement in human rights and social justice causes. 

This tour commemorates the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. This tour takes them around Oceania and Asia, but India is the closing leg of this historic chapter. The tour is a celebration of the album played in sequence along with a selection of highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs. The concert promises an innovative staging that will include a specially commissioned series of haunting and evocative films from Dutch photographer, filmmaker and long-time collaborator Anton Corbijn— whose iconic photography accompanied the original recording in 8k resolution on a 200 x 45 feet cinematic screen, the largest high resolution LED screen ever used in a touring show.

The Joshua Tree is the band’s best-selling album, and with 25 million copies sold worldwide, it is among the best-selling albums of all time. It has been acclaimed by writers and music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In an exclusive interview with The Mint, Bono and the Edge spoke about how India has always been on their bucket list and their coming here brings them closer to Gandhi’s principles, whom the band reveres. India’s vibrant music scene and their fascination with this country’s ability to mix the ancient with the modern is something they look forward to.

There were fears that the large production value of their concert would drive up the prices of tickets, but since there is a promise of a very large fan base and attendance, the band is excited to come here. Their socio-political messages will continue with this tour, their unwavering faith in humanity and belief in a better world shall be perpetuated vis a vis their poignant songs.

This tour is personal and specific to each member of the band— The Joshua Tree album having been a profound moment of creation for them and the rest of the world. This concert is definitely going to be the biggest one in our country so far, and meaningful because of the current enviro-socio-political climate, a perhaps much needed resurgence and renewal of participation and change. U2 has been known to be inspiring for more than just their music and we may finally have artists in our country who have a bigger message than just their music.

Registrations for U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 in Mumbai are open from 18-23 September on www.bookmyshow.com. General tickets go on sale on 1 October at noon on www.bookmyshow.com and www.livenation.com

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