U2 has sold a staggering 1.1 million tickets in 24 hours for its 30th anniversary global tour of The Joshua Tree. The trek kicks off May 12 in Vancouver before hitting the U.S. and Europe, and features openers Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.
The run also includes U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival as well as a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on July 22. Following the sell-outs, the tour added additional dates — May 21 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, June 29th at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, and June 4th at Soldier Field in Chicago — as well as additional performances in London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam.
Says U2 manager Guy Oseary: “With U2, I’m a fan first and manager second. I’m really happy that after all the sell-outs, we could add a few more shows so more fans can have the chance to experience this once-in-a lifetime tour. I wish we could go everywhere.”
The band’s tour, management and Bonnaroo appearance are all vertically integrated under the vast Live Nation umbrella: U2’s tour is being produced by Live Nation Global Touring; Maverick’s Oseary took over the U2 management reigns in 2013 from the band’s longtime manager Paul McGuiness in a deal that merged their companies under Live Nation (and which has grown substantially since); and the world’s No. 1 promoter bought a controlling interest in Bonnaroo from regional promoters Superfly and AC Entertainment nearly two years ago.
The Joshua Tree jaunt is U2’s first stadium tour since the 2009 through 2011 360 trek, which entered the history books with a gross of more than $736,137,344 and total attendance of 7,268,430, both the highest tour tallies ever reported to Billboard.
Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno produced The Joshua Tree, U2’s fifth studio LP and first U.S. chart-topper. The album contained such hits as “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.”