"...unlike anything that's ever been seen at a rock concert"
-Andy Greene, Rolling Stone May 15th 2017
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is a celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987. It reflects the group’s fascination for the American culture; its landscape, its people, its literature and its myths.
30 years on, this fascination remains particularly contemporary and revisiting the album a timely confirmation of the group’s love affair with the continent.
Stufish continues its long relationship with U2 and Creative Director Willie Williams. This show is minimalism on a maximum scale.
The stage takes reference from the 1987 set design but uses modern technology and high end engineering to make a simple statement at the end of the stadium.
The stage is 200ft wide and 40ft deep overall which is nearly the full width of a stadium.
At the back of the stage is the largest, unobscured, most high resolution LED video screen (nearly 8k) ever used in a touring show.
The 200ft wide and 45ft high custom built screen is painted to look like a golden piece of cardboard with a silver Joshua Tree logo painted on top of it. The Tree extends beyond the screen frame and becomes the centre piece of the show.
Huge custom built structural beams have been designed to cantilever the PA and lighting high above the video screen to avoid it hanging in front of the video screen. This pushes the limits of the engineering possibilities to redefine how these shows are done. This pure statement together with minimal clutter on the stage delivers the largest and most spectacular landscapes and portraits throughout the show.
The tree on the screen is reflected with a shadow of nearly equal size that extends from the main stage. This tree shaped catwalk and satellite stage extends 120ft into the audience with a width of 50ft at its widest point. The band performs on each of the stages.
Photo Credit: Stufish