U2 are reportedly headlining Bonnaroo 2017 during their 30th anniversary tour for their album Joshua Tree. The band released a Christmas video message that told fans they have “big plans” for the upcoming year, and Bono said, “To honor 30 years of Joshua Tree, we have some very, very special shows coming.” The Christmas message was posted to Facebook.
The dates of the shows were not announced in the video, but Billboard has sources that say the band will be touring stadiums this spring ahead of a string of European shows. The publication does report two dates at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium in addition to the headlining performance at Bonnaroo in June 2017.
If the band is in fact playing Bonnaroo, it will count as the band’s first appearance at the Tennessee based festival. While Bonnaroo did not officially respond to a request for comment, a festival line-up is slated to be released early next year.
In the Christmas message, Bono also confirmed that the follow-up album to Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, is slated for release in 2017. Songs of Innocence was released for free on iTunes back in 2014, and the Innocence + Experience Tour was last year.
The Joshua Tree counted as the band’s fifth studio album and hits include “With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” It won Album of the Year at the Grammys and a 20th anniversary edition of the album was released back in 2007.