At the very end of 2016, U2 posted a cryptic video promising a new album and some “very special shows coming” to honour 30 years since the release of The Joshua Tree.
Given that the album release will happen, maybe, by the end of the first quarter, and the Johsua Tree release date was in March 1987, that would mean the band could be up and touring for the second part of the year.
After the massive success of the first Desert Trip in 2016, there has been much speculation about a second year and which acts could perform. Rumours of a Cream/Blind Faith style reunion with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood circulate whilst speculation that The Police have been offered a large paycheck to play in the Coachella Valley even this autumn.
The Joshua Tree of the album title, and the associated album imagery all come from the ‘Joshua Tree National Park’, less than 30 miles from the Empire Polo Ground which hosts Desert Trip.
This may be wishful thinking but U2’s desire for “major shows” wouldn’t get much bigger than Desert Trip. Could we see U2 return to the Desert? I certainly hope so!
See also: Just Where is U2’s Joshua Tree?