U2 Reissue of Joshua Tree Due Out This June
By: Maura O'Malley
Being one of the biggest bands in the world, U2 has become almost synonymous with "sold-out stadium." On March 9, 1987, U2 released their fifth album, Joshua Tree, and in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary, a reissue is due out June 2, featuring remixes, demos, studio outtakes, B-sides, and even a recording of their 1987 Madison Square Garden concert.
Joshua Tree is one of the band's most iconic albums ever recorded, skyrocketing them to worldwide success. It landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart three weeks into its debut and stayed at No. 1 for nine straight weeks afterwards. In its lifetime, Joshua Tree would spend 110 weeks on the chart.
Penning hits like "Where the Streets Have No Name,” "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "Trip Through Your Wires," Joshua Tree became the album where U2's signature sound began to take form.
The record earned the band endless amounts of awards and nominations, including a 1987 Reader's Choice edition in Rolling Stone for "Best Album," "Artist of the Year," "Best Band," and "Best Single" ("With or Without You"). At the 1988 Grammy Awards, U2 would go on to win "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Album of the Year," beating out heavy hitters like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince.
Joshua Tree is also the album which spawned the timeless rooftop concert on 34th and Main in San Francisco that was eventually shut down by police. Catch the Joshua Tree song “Where the Streets Have No Name” below.