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U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Wednesday

May 17, 2017 – 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

4900 Centennial Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054 Map

  • U2
  • Mumford & Sons

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U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017
Celebrating 30 years of their legendary album with special guest Mumford & Sons.

U2 will be performing the entire Joshua Tree album live for the 1st time ever.
U2: U2 tour dates have kept the legendary rockers on the road for the better part of the past two years. Their 360° Tour is a phenomenon in and of itself. In April, 2011 the tour became the highest grossing concert tour of all time and U2 keeps adding shows to the outing that has already been seen by seven million fans. U2 concert dates are scheduled in support of their latest release "No Line on the Horizon, with more dates being added to satisfy fan demand.

U2 is comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen who have played together since 1976. They met as schoolboys in Dublin, Ireland and emerged on the British post-punk scene during the early 80s. Known for their philanthropy and their dedication to the human experience and social causes, the band and frontman Bono, are synonymous with humanitarianism. The band signed a recording contract with Island Records in 1980 and released their debut album Boy that year. The debut garnered them some attention but it wasn't until 1983's War which featured the single "Sunday Bloody Sunday", that they garnered international acclaim and commercial success. U2 tour dates were scheduled internationally on the "War Tour", which played to mid-sized European and US venues.

The band easily distinguished itself from eighties hair bands and electro-pop groups that were popular around the time. They reached superstar status with the release of The Joshua Tree, in 1987. The singles "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" became US #1 hits and the album won two Grammy awards. U2 concert dates were scheduled at stadiums on the "Joshua Tree Tour" and Time Magazine featured the band on a cover which called them "rock's hottest ticket". The album has sold over 25 million copies since its release and is ranked as one the best albums of all time. The band followed up with the multi-platinum successes Rattle and Hum and Achtung Baby.

By the early '90s, the band had solidified itself as one of the greatest and most successful rock bands of all time. They began to experiment musically and incorporated electronica and pop music into their sound. The albums Zooropa and Pop were released during this time and were received with lukewarm adulation. In support of the albums, the band embarked on the worldwide "PopMart Tour" in 1997. U2 concert dates were scheduled at 93 shows and the they sold nearly four million tickets; it was the second most successful tour of 1997 and was hailed for the technical and visual complexity of the stage and props.

The band returned to their roots in 2000 with All That You Can't Leave Behind, which marked a conscientious turn back to the pure rock format that made them famous. The album was a huge success and has been certified four times platinum. They followed up with How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in 2004, which proved to be equally successful. U2's legacy includes over 150 million albums sold, twenty-two Grammy Awards (the most of any band), and four sold-out world tours. U2 stands in a league of its own for social responsibility, their philanthropy has garnered them accolades and culminated with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Bono.

In their 35th year of being a band, they are celebrating by extending their 360° Tour. The band is currently on its seventh leg which is playing North America throughout July, 2011. U2 tour dates are still available, so if you missed out on an earlier legs, its not too late to catch them when they come to your area. Use Eventful as your source for U2 tour dates and concert schedule information.

Mumford & Sons: When Mumford & Sons entered the studio to commence work on their second album in August 2011, they never envisaged it would be to follow up a debut record that had connected with so many music lovers from all different corners of the globe, and all the roads in-between.

How Mumford & Sons came to be is something that even the very four members struggle to trace. ‘It sort of just happened’ Marcus Mumford has often mused to journalists.

The earliest memories of the band performing together are within the close confines of a rehearsal room in Putney, and of last minute street-side jamming sessions on the pavement outside Bosun’s Locker (a now defunct basement venue on Kings Road in London) ahead of a show. It was a scene already common to the band as musicians falling in and out of bands of each and every genre.

Ben Lovett and Marcus were already working on songs together from their school days, but those songs didn’t realise their full potential until Winston Marshall (armed with a banjo and dobro), and Ted Dwane (double bass, but with a penchant for being a multi-instrumental marvel) had learnt and lived those songs, given them new arrangements, and injected them with a real ‘band’ dynamic.

Even then they were reticent to make it ‘official’. The name Mumford & Sons was eventually chosen as it suggested a wholesome, family business. It suited the relationships that had grown within the band. They were brothers in all but blood relation, and they very quickly became inseparable.

As is typical in London, if a good band forms, word tends to travel quickly. Within a few months, Mumford & Sons were releasing their eponymously named debut EP, through the fledgling independent Chess Club Records label. It featured the first, self-produced recordings of ‘Roll Away Your Stone’, ‘Awake My Soul’, and ‘White Blank Page’ and sold-out instantly. The live shows were rammed to the rafters in London, which was soon replicated across the whole of the UK.

It’s often the case that the demands of touring can break a band in half. It’s a relentless, unforgiving part of band life, but Mumford & Sons thrived upon it. They never wanted it to end, and they still never want it to end. ‘We don’t really know what to do with ourselves when we’re back in London. It feels uneasy, unnatural even, not to be on a bus going somewhere.’ Ben Lovett commented after the band had walked offstage at Glastonbury in June 2011.

And tour they did. Relentlessly. The British and Ireland shows were selling out with each and every passing tour. A second EP was released, ‘Love Your Ground’, which featured the band’s own recordings of ‘Little Lion Man’ and the firm live favourite, ‘Feel The Tide’. It was bookmarked by more touring, into Europe and back again, ahead of the final in a trilogy of vinyl only EP releases, ‘The Cave & The Open Sea’.

It was only the need and desire to record the debut album that brought Mumford & Sons back to London for longer than a pit-stop. They settled into Eastcote Studios with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, The Maccabees) and ‘Sigh No More’ was released in the UK in October 2009 through the band’s own Gentlemen of the Road label and Island Records. It debuted in the album charts at 11 (peaking at number 2, some seventy-two weeks later).

“It’s been a crazy eighteen months, but a whole lot of fun.” Suggests Ted back in the Glastonbury dressing room, moments after the band had drawn a suitably huge crowd across to The Other Stage.

The achievements of Mumford & Sons since the release of Sigh No More has been a success story rarely matched of recent years, in an industry we’re regularly led to believe is in constant decline. It’s a story, however, that has been written and mapped out on the road. From a ten-day live adventure across India, to sold-out arenas in America and Australia, and from the festival fields of Europe, to impromptu parks on the Railroad Revival Tour in America, each and every town and city that has welcomed the band has been treated to a jubilant and suitably intimate performance, regardless of the size of venue.

Off the road, Sigh No More is a record that has garnered much acclaim. It’s an album that won the band a UK Brit Award in 2010 (Best Album), and was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize Award in the same year. Outside of Britain, Mumford & Sons picked up two Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Rock Song), and put in a typically assured live performance alongside Bob Dylan covering Maggie’s Farm at the awards themselves. Sigh No More has incredibly sold in excess of 4 million copies globally.

And as they find themselves back in London to record this second album, you’ll find this band of brothers are still very much the same people. A little wiser, a lot more experienced, but eager to get out of London and get back to their spiritual home; the road.

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