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U2 returns to Arizona for 30th anniversary ‘Joshua Tree’ concert

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PHOENIX — The famed rock band U2 is coming back to Arizona on Tuesday, more than 30 years after first playing its iconic “The Joshua Tree” album in Tempe.

The Irish rock band is kicking off its international “The Joshua Tree” tour, named after the band’s 1987 album, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. U2 will be playing the entire album at Tuesday’s concert — plus more.

Tour director Craig Evans said fans will see an incredible visual performance of what he calls one of the greatest albums of all time, on a high-resolution video screen that is 8,000 square feet high.

“This is a very, very special opportunity for the band to relive the messages and words of 30 years ago that, today, are as relevant as ever,” Evans said, adding that the show will be a very emotional experience for fans as well.

“It touches on memories, thoughts, images that touch every emotion of that viewer, and throw that to the connection of a rock show and it leaves people with a very special life memory,” Evans said.

In honor of the show, the band brought a real Joshua tree that will be planted in Arizona. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers also read a proclamation ahead of the show that declared the Joshua tree as the official tree of Glendale and praised the album’s worldwide success.

The concert is scheduled to kick off Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., with all gates opening at 5:30 p.m. The stadium’s clear bag policy will also be enforced. Tickets can be posted online at Ticketmaster or at the stadium’s box office.

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