- 03 Aug 17
U2 have always put more into the crucible of live performance than almost any other band on the planet, endeavouring to make every tour an artistic and creative statement in itself. In advance of the return of their Joshua Tree Tour to Dublin, we chart the circumstances of their tours, recall the iconic moments and the visual highlights and reprise what it is that makes them the world’s pre-eminent live act. By Olaf Tyaransen
Film director Phil Joanu had accompanied U2 throughout The Joshua Tree Tour, filming both their gigs and the band’s own explorations of American roots music as the caravan made its way across the US. The plan proved to be a good one: there would be a film and a live album to capture what it was like out there on the road and to further burnish the growing sense that this was a band of seismic importance. U2’s Jimmy Iovine-produced live album Rattle And Hum was released on October 10, 1988, and Joanu’s accompanying rockumentary of the same name came out a fortnight later.