When U2 embark on their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour in May, Bono has two goals:

1: "That it is a transcendent night of rock n roll.

2: "If I were let to have even more lofty ambitions for this rock show, I would love if it became an opportunity for our audience and ourselves to ask the question: What is it these days to be an American or a European?… 30 years ago, The Joshua Tree found common ground by reaching for the higher ground. This is a tour for red and blue, the coast and the heartland...because music can pull people together as surely as politics can pull people apart. It’s a great canvas and it would be amazing if it could still be a high-voltage meditation on what’s happening now."

On the band's website, Bono adds, "The Joshua Tree tour started out as us just doing one or two shows, maybe even a festival for fun, but the more we thought about it, the more excited we got, and the more apt the subject matter of those songs felt for these times."

The tour starts on May 12th in Vancouver.