U2 bassist Adam Clayton: ‘I didn’t enjoy the last ‘Joshua Tree’ tour’

Band are hitting the road to celebrate 30th anniversary of landmark album

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has admitted he didn’t enjoy playing ‘The Joshua Tree’ tour 30 years ago.

The band recently announced details of a UK and European tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic album – with support from Noel Gallagher. They will also tour the 1987 album in North America during 2017.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Clayton said: “Certainly looking back on playing the tour at that time, it should have been an extraordinarily, freeing, joyful opportunity but it was actually quite a tough time trying to deliver those songs under the pressure of growing from an arena act to a stadium act. I, for one, don’t remember enjoying it very much.”


He also revealed that the band haven’t worked out which order they will play the record in yet.

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“I think anyone that’s coming to that show clearly knows that record well,” he added. “What we would need to figure out is whether that’s a suite of songs (and), with our new knowledge of 30 years hence, we could breathe life into them in a different way, or whether we kind of bundle them together with some other songs that are thematically in keeping with those… We haven’t quite figured out how it’ll happen, but it will happen and we always toy around and experiment until it feels right.”

The bassist also recently revealed that the band will play new songs from their delayed next album ‘Songs Of Experience’ on the forthcoming tour.

“It would be very much my wish that we could play something from ‘Experience’ as part of the show, maybe one or two songs,” he said.


“Again, I caution that by saying we really have to see the arc of this show and we have to figure out whether those ‘Experience’ songs would work well in a stadium in this context, but I’d love to see some of that material out there and people being familiar with it before the album comes out.”

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