U2 announce extra Joshua Tree Tour shows in North and South America
Today, U2.com have confirmed the rumours that have been swirling for weeks: the band will add a third leg to the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. They will do seven extra shows in the US in September, followed by Latin America in October. The itinerary includes U2's first ever concert in Colombia.
The dates are:
- 2017-09-03 - Detroit, Michigan, USA - Ford Field
- 2017-09-05 - Buffalo, New York, USA - New Era Field
- 2017-09-08 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - US Bank Stadium
- 2017-09-10 - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - Lucas Oil Stadium
- 2017-09-12 - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - Arrowhead Stadium
- 2017-09-16 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - The Dome at America's Center
- 2017-09-22 - San Diego, California, USA - Qualcomm Stadium
- 2017-10-03 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol
- 2017-10-07 - Bogota, Colombia - Estadio El Campin
- 2017-10-10 - La Plata, Argentina - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
- 2017-10-14 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Nacional
- 2017-10-19 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Morumbi
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 12 June in the US, and between Wednesday the 14th and Friday the 16th in Latin America. There will be a presale for U2.com subscribers commencing on Thursday 8 June, but if you exhausted your presale allocation on the first two legs of the tour, you cannot use your code again. Full details of presale and general sale times are on this U2.com page.
The Detroit gig is actually U2's first ever stadium concert there—previous stadium shows were at the Silverdome in nearby Pontiac. U2.com note correctly that the Silverdome hosted the first stadium show of the original Joshua Tree Tour on 30 April 1987. U2 had never before headlined a stadium show in the US and it was the only stadium date of that tour's first leg.
Buffalo gets its first show since 9 December 2005. U2 have never before played a stadium in Buffalo.
The last time U2 played Indianapolis was back on 10 May 2001, and they have not played anywhere in Indiana since 10 October 2001. This is just their fifth gig in Indiana, fourth in Indianapolis, and second in a stadium after a gig at the old Hoosier Dome on 1 November 1987.
U2 have never played two stadium gigs in Missouri on the same leg of a tour. On Popmart they did a Kansas City stadium show on the first leg, and a St Louis one on the third, the only other time they have attempted two stadium shows in that state on a tour. This will be U2's first visit to Kansas City since 27 November 2001.
The show in San Diego will be U2's first since they played two nights there in March 2005 to open the Vertigo Tour's first leg.
As noted above, the gig in Colombia will be U2's first time in that country. The other three South American venues are the same three that U2 visited on their previous time there, in 2011 for the sixth leg of the 360 Tour. In the case of Chile, U2 have never played any other venue in that country. The Latin American gigs are the first shows on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 to take place in countries that were not visited on the Joshua Tree Tour 1987.
The rationale for adding these shows is "overwhelming demand", which makes you wonder why Europe continues to languish with just 12 shows when there is a strong appetite for U2 concerts across the continent. But it's safe to say there is very enthusiastic demand for this tour in Latin America, and there are rumours that extra gigs will be added in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo if the initial dates sell out quickly.