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U2 coming to Arrowhead Stadium for a Joshua Tree party

U2 will bring The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 to Arrowhead Stadium

The Irish rockers will be performing in Kansas City for the first time since 2001. U2 will play at Arrowhead Sept. 12.
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The Irish rockers will be performing in Kansas City for the first time since 2001. U2 will play at Arrowhead Sept. 12.

U2 is returning to Kansas City to throw itself a birthday party.

On Sept. 12, a Tuesday, the Irish rock band will bring its Joshua Tree Tour to Arrowhead Stadium. Tickets, which start at $35 with general admission floor tickets at $70, go on sale at noon on June 12 at www.livenation.com.

The tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of “The Joshua Tree,” the band’s fifth studio album, released in March 1987. It is U2’s most successful album, selling more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Nearly 16 years have passed since U2 performed in Kansas City. On Nov. 27, 2001, the brand brought its Elevation Tour to Kemper Arena, drawing nearly 14,000 fans. The Wisconsin band Garbage opened.

Toward the end of the show, the band paid tribute to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, which had occurred less than three months before. As they performed the song “One,” the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks were projected on the screen behind the band and scrolled up and across the ceiling of the arena.

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This will be U2’s third Arrowhead Stadium show. On May 19, 1997, U2 brought its PopMart Tour to the home of the Chiefs, drawing more than 23,000 fans. Fun Lovin’ Criminals opened.

The day after that show, the band filmed an early morning video in downtown Kansas City (shutting down Interstate 670 during morning rush hour) for the song “Last Night On Earth.” The video featured a cameo by legendary beat poet and writer William Burroughs, a former Lawrence resident who died less than three months after the video was shot.

On Oct. 18, 1992, U2 brought its Zoo TV Tour to Arrowhead, drawing nearly 38,000 fans. The Sugarcubes and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy opened.

Other U2 shows: Oct. 26, 1987, a sold-out show at Kemper Arena and the first Joshua Tree tour (the BoDeans opened); on June 8, 1983, at Memorial Hall; on Feb. 25, 1982, at the Uptown Theater; and April 6, 1981, at the Uptown Theater (Romeo Void opened).

On this tour, U2 is performing “The Joshua Tree” in its entirety, sandwiched between sets of other U2 songs and covers that have included Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Openers have included Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, OneRepublic and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain

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