U2 will be celebrating “The Joshua Tree” with a Detroit concert this year after all, bringing the band back to a market that has a special role in the album's history.
Bono and company will hit Ford Field Sept. 3 for a Labor Day weekend show, part of a just-announced extension of the anniversary tour commemorating the 1987 album.
It's a late surprise for area fans: Detroit wasn't among the 16 U.S. cities initially announced for the tour, which started in mid-May.
Ford Field seats start at $35 and will go on sale Monday at the venue's website, with a six-ticket limit per purchase. A pre-sale for U2.com subscribers will run 10 a.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Saturday, with a four-ticket limit. Subscriptions are available at the band's website.
Detroit and “The Joshua Tree” have a fabled relationship. U2’s first-ever U.S. stadium concert came at the Pontiac Silverdome on April 30, 1987, early in a tour supporting the record. The album produced a host of hits, became U2's global breakthrough, and remains the band's biggest seller.
"The Joshua Tree" had just hit No. 1 in the the U.S. and the lead single “With or Without You” was still climbing the charts when U2 arrived in Pontiac that spring. In a Free Press story years later, the show's promoter would remember the stadium booking as "an experiment."
But the gamble worked. U2 drew 51,000-plus to sell out the Silverdome, and the Irish band went on to become one of the most prolific stadium acts in rock history.
The Ford Field date will be U2’s first in Michigan since 2011, when the group played Spartan Stadium in East Lansing as part of the 360° Tour.
A targeted Detroit stop on this summer's opening tour leg was stymied by the Tigers' baseball schedule at Comerica Park and renovation work at Ford Field.
Tour set lists so far have seen U2 playing assorted hits before and after a performance of "The Joshua Tree" in its full running order. A deluxe 30th anniversary edition of the album was released Friday.
U2's The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour, new dates:
Sept. 3, Detroit, Ford Field
Sept. 5, Buffalo, N.Y., New Era Field
Sept. 8, Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium
Sept. 10, Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium
Sept. 12, Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium
Sept. 16, St. Louis, The Dome At America’s Center
Sept. 22, San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium
Oct. 3, Mexico City, Foro Sol
Oct. 7, Bogota, Columbia, Estadio El Campin
Oct. 10, Buenos Aires, La Plata
Oct. 14, Santiago, Chile, Estadio Nacional
Oct. 19, Sao Paulo, Morumbi Stadium
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