WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME

LEG­ENDARY ROCK­ERS U2 HEAD­LINE A SOLD-OUT CON­CERT AT HARD ROCK STA­DIUM TO MARK THE 30TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE JOSHUA TREE.

Ocean Drive - - Front Runner - BY JARED SHAPIRO

When their fifth stu­dio al­bum hit record stores in 1987, its suc­cess “trans­formed U2 into the big­gest band on the planet,” ac­cord­ing to Rolling Stone. The Joshua Tree went to num­ber one around the world, sell­ing more than 25 mil­lion copies and cat­a­pult­ing Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. into the rock god cat­e­gory. The band’s sub­se­quent tour saw acts like the Bodeans, The Pogues, and B.B. King open for them in mas­sive venues such as the Pon­tiac Sil­ver­dome, the Mead­ow­lands Arena, and Miami’s own Or­ange Bowl—fol­low­ing a fa­bled live set atop a Los An­ge­les liquor store. In all, U2 put on 111 shows in 13 coun­tries.

Thirty years later, the group will make a tri­umphant re­turn to Miami as part of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 with a sure-to-be-epic June 11 per­for­mance at Hard Rock Sta­dium. A ca­pac­ity crowd of close to 70,000 will un­doubt­edly sing along to Joshua Tree clas­sics like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Look­ing For,” “With or With­out You,” “Bul­let the Blue Sky”— and that’s just the first four songs on the al­bum. The Ir­ish rock­ers are prac­ti­cally reg­u­lars in South Florida, with their Zoo TV, Pop­mart, El­e­va­tion, and 360° tours hav­ing marched through sto­ried lo­cal venues like the Miami Arena and Amer­i­canair­lines Arena over the past three decades. They’ve also been known to frolic on the beach be­tween con­certs, evad­ing (or at least try­ing to) the pa­parazzi.

Still haven’t found what you’re look­ing for? Start­ing June 2, U2 diehards can pur­chase a spe­cial 30th-an­niver­sary edi­tion of The Joshua Tree fea­tur­ing a record­ing of one of the band’s 1987 shows at Madi­son Square Gar­den, B-sides from the orig­i­nal sin­gles, and an 84-page hard­back book of un­seen per­sonal pho­to­graphs shot by The Edge. Hard Rock Sta­dium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gar­dens; hardrock­sta­dium.com

Seen per­form­ing at a ben­e­fit con­cert for San Fran­cisco’s UCSF Be­nioff Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal last Oc­to­ber, The Edge (ƥƞɵƭ) and Bono of U2 make their highly an­tic­i­pated re­turn to Miami in June.

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