Tree from U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ album chopped by vandal

One of the tree's 'limbs' has been hacked off

The tree that featured in the artwork for U2‘s 1987 album ‘The Joshua Tree’ has been vandalised.

‘The Joshua Tree’ was the group’s fifth studio album, with the record’s cover and sleeve shot in the Mojave Desert in California.

Now, as Consequence Of Sound report, somebody has chopped off one of the tree’s ‘limbs’, with a picture emerging of the act of vandalism.

A user on a U2 message board recently wrote: “I’ve been visiting U2’s Joshua Tree in the California desert for nearly 20 years now; the Mojave is my home. This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs – evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir.”

Adding: “Are you kidding me? I won’t even elaborate as to how pathetic this is. Let’s just say It was a good thing I didn’t happen upon this ignorant low-life degenerate in his course of action. Yes, I wrote “his” …there’s no way a woman would have done this. It’s hard to imagine that someone would be so motivated, to travel that far into the desert, to commit this selfish deed.”

“In the late 1990s the tree fell over due to a meandering stream that, by bad luck, developed just under the roots and caused it to weaken and fall. My cynical belief is that some jack-ass climbed the tree and while saying “take my picture dude” the additional weight keeled the tree over.”

“In short, leave the damn Tree alone, so that future fans can enjoy it. Left alone, the Tree will be there for many, many decades to come.”

Meanwhile, U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album in September. Following complaints over the unconventional release, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.

U2 will tour the UK later this year, playing the following live dates:

London O2 Arena (October 25, 26, 29, 30)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 6, 7)

To check the availability of U2 tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.