The Joshua Tree, these shows will include a performance of that landmark album in its entirety. Also Sunday, May 21.
In 1997, U2 interrupted their ultra-elaborate PopMart tour to play a poignant version of single “Please” on the MTV Video Music Awards. Appearing alongside the likes of Spice Girls, Marilyn Manson and a show-stealing Puff Daddy/Sting mash-up, the Irish quartet opted for an incongruously unadorned, underlit performance, with a hoodie-wearing Bono shunning his trademark gesticulating histrionics. Right there was U2’s enduring allure: For all of their gargantuan stage shows, lofty concepts and Bono’s outsize political ambitions, this band could sound exquisite through a karaoke P.A. down at your local pub, thanks to masterfully uncluttered arrangements, The Edge’s panoramic guitar playing, and a frontman who could wring melody from a dank paper bag. Marking the 30th anniversary of