U2 brings Joshua Tree Tour - and Noel Gallagher - to New Zealand

Legendary Irish rockers U2 are bringing their Joshua Tree tour to New Zealand.


On November 8, the group will play seminal album The Joshua Tree, in its entirety and in sequence, at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

U2 will be supported on the tour by Noel Gallagher, of Oasis fame, touring under his solo moniker Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The tour, which also takes in Australia and Asia, follows a 2017 tour of Europe and North and Latin America, during which U2 played The Joshua Tree on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Concert-goers are guaranteed to hear hits such as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With or Without You," as well as highlights from other albums in U2's catalogue.

"It's only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it's great to say that I've finally caught up with the band," said U2 frontman Bono.

"Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour... And now we get to do it all over again," he added.

Staging for the tour includes a series of specially commissioned films from Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, who shot the cover art for the original Joshua Tree album sleeve.

U2 guitarist The Edge said that the Australasian tour was "going to feel like a homecoming."

"We promised we would and finally, now we we can say that we will see you in November," he said. 

U2 last played New Zealand in 2010 with a gig during which they payed tribute to the victims of the Pike River tragedy, then a week-old event.

Tickets for the Auckland date will be available as presale for U2.com subscribers from June 4-6, and go on general release on June 11.

In what the band claims will be a New Zealand first, stadium floor tickets will be entirely paperless.