NewsWritten by Tom Williams on November 27, 2017
U2 have revealed they’re planning on touring Australia again soon — potentially in 2018, and potentially as part of their current 30th anniversary tour for 1987 album The Joshua Tree.
In an interview with 60 Minutes which aired last night, U2’s Bono and The Edge said Aussies should expect to see them down under soon, for what would be their first Aussie tour since 2010.
“Unfortunately, it’s partly the distance and all that stuff, but we absolutely are coming,” The Edge said.
“We want to go, we really do and if there’s any way we can, we will,” said Bono.
U2’s 2010 Australian tour saw them perform multiple shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, in support of their 2009 album No Line On The Horizon.
Since then, devoted local fans have petitioned for the band to bring the Joshua Tree tour down under, and it looks like all their hard work might soon pay off.
U2’s new album Songs Of Experience is set for release this Friday, 1st December.
Watch Bono and The Edge discuss the possibility of a new Australian tour in the clip below, alongside a gallery of other huge Aussie tours we’re still waiting for.
Huge Australian Tours We’re Still Waiting For
Queen B's world tour plan's for her Lemonade may have been derailed by the whole getting-pregnant-with-twins-thing, but we're confident that we'll eventually see her return down under for the first time since 2013. We'll just have to wait.
Mr. Ocean broke all our hearts when he exited his 2013 debut Aussie tour, including his headline set at Splendour, and that was after he pulled out of a planned 2012 Aussie tour. He's yet to make his way back to us, but after just breaking a three-year hiatus from playing live
, we're holding out hope that he'll grace us with his presence again soon.
It’s been seven years since virtual punks Gorillaz brought their live show to Australia, and we’re getting impatient. But with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett officially reactivating the band and hitting us with brand new album Humanz this year, a comeback surely can't be far off.
Yeezy's had a lot on his plate since releasing 2016's The Life Of Pablo, including US presidential bids, highly publicised Taylor Swift beefs, his wife Kim Kardashian getting mugged in Paris and of course his hospitalisation for mental illness causing the postponement of his entire Saint Pablo tour, so we can hardly blame him for putting an Aussie visit low on the old priorities list. Still, with three years since his last down under tour, it's understandable that fans are getting a little impatient.
System Of A Down
SOAD last tore up Aussie stages as part of Soundwave Festival in 2012, and haven't been back since. The Southern Cali rockers played a buttload of festivals across 2013, reactivated at the end of 2014, headed out on their Wake Up The Souls Euro tour in 2015, and are followed it up with dates in South America, the US and Canada. Souls in Australia need waking up too, guys. What are we, Chop Suey?
Considering that in the past year Ri-Ri has covered Tame Impala
and become BFFs with ex-PM Julia Gillard
, it's basically ludicrous that she hasn't toured down under since releasing her 2016 album Anti
. In fact, the 'Work' singer hasn't visited her Aussie fans since 2013. Better get Julia on the blower to sort this out.
Solange has been snobbing Aussie fans for the past three years, after last heading to our shores for the 2013/2014 Falls Festival. She's been touring the crap out of her much-frothed 2016 LP A Seat at the Table, but hasn't penciled Australia in just yet. Come on, Solange, we want a seat at the table too.
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