U2 to celebrate 30th anniversary of 'Joshua Tree' album in Kansas City

September 12, 2017 - 7:07 am

The stage is set for the return of U2 to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday night. 

It is the third time the band from Dublin has performed in Kansas City. 

The current concert tour is unique in that it celebrates the 30-year anniversary of "The Joshua Tree" album.

The show will be more intimate than most, said longtime U2 tour director Craig Evans.

"The Joshua Tree" includes now-classic U2 hits "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" and "With or Without You."

"The music is iconic," Evans said. "It's what they grew up with and they have memories, so now they're connecting these life memories. That, for me, makes this very, very special."

Another rare feature of the current tour is the speed with which it was organized.

"Normally to start a tour we spend about two years of pre-planning," Evans said. "This one was only decided to happen in December." 

The U2 stage is 200 feet wide, filling the entire east end zone of the stadium. It has a massive LED video screen.

The stage requires a production crew of 126 people about five hours to set up. 

The parking lot opens at 2 p.m. Beck opens for U2 at 7:30 and the band will take the stage around 9:10.

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