U2 THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR 2019 LIVE IN SINGAPORE
ROCK LEGENDS U2 WILL PLAY LIKE IT’S 1987 IN THIS FULL PERFORMANCE OF THEIR SEMINAL ALBUM. HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE JOSHUA TREE BEFORE YOU CATCH THE IRISH FOURSOME AT THEIR FIRST-EVER SINGAPORE SHOWS.
09-Sep-2019

Date 30 November and 1 December 2019
Venue: National Stadium
Ticket Prices: from S$98

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Making CD history. Back in 1987, cassettes ruled, but the new music format, compact disc (CD), was becoming increasingly popular, with sales overtaking that of vinyl. Recognising the potential of CDs, U2 released The Joshua Tree in all three formats simultaneously — the first album to do so. The move paid off: The Joshua Tree became the first million-selling CD in the United States (US).

Not smiling for the camera. U2 and photographer Anton Corbijn were scouring for an ideal Joshua Tree to shoot for the album cover, when they found what they were looking for near Darwin, California. Despite the winter chill, the members took off their coats ("so it would at least look like a desert") and spent 20 minutes posing with the lone tree. "That’s one of the reasons we look so grim," explained singer Bono in a Rolling Stone interview.

Not one for the record. Initially written for The Joshua Tree, 'Sweetest Thing' did not make the final cut, as the band felt that it was not completed to its satisfaction. The song, however, did become a hit single when it was re-recorded and released in 1998. What was more surprising was when Boyzone appeared in the music video for a good 18 seconds.

Joshua Tree no more? Scientists predict that the spike-leafed evergreen that only grows in the Mojave Desert in the US will not survive past this century if climate change persists.

Did You Know?

  • The band was called Feedback and The Hype before the members settled on U2.
  • The 1995 James Bond theme song 'Goldeneye' performed by Tina Turner was written by Bono and U2 guitarist The Edge.
  • Besides being the band's name, U2 is also the name of a German submarine, a Soviet biplane, a US reconnaissance aircraft and a Hong Kong clothing line.

SOURCE: Grammy.com, rollingstone.com, nme.com, sciencdaily.com