This week, thirty years ago, a somewhat famous Irish rock bank launched an album that would propel them into rock stardom. U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, would win the Grammy for best album, beating out Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and would eventually reach over 25 million in album sales. Over time, The Joshua Tree, would be listed on many top 100 album lists and, for many of us who were lucky to be sixteen when released, was a major force in their lives and continues to be an important part of their personal music universe.
In honor of the 30 year anniversary of the album’s release, U2 announced an incredible new concert tour that would incorporate every song from The Joshua Tree. Some songs, like Red Mining Town, have allegedly, never been played live. For me, an epic concert, and one I will experience this summer.
So, to honor Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry, I’m going to count down each song from the album with thoughts, musings and, quite frankly, build some rock n roll momentum leading up to the concert.
11 songs, 11 posts. Stay tuned…