U2 Will Headline Bonnaroo 2017

Bonnaroo 2017 lineup will be topped by U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Weeknd.
Bono of the classic rock band U2 performing a live concert
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By Richard S. Chang

Updated Jan. 11 with full Bonnaroo lineup.

U2 will hit Roo Station in June.

The rock icons today announced that they will perform at Bonnaroo 2017, the annual music festival in Manchester, Tenn., which takes place this year June 8-11. The headlining appearance — Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Weeknd are also headlining — will be part of the Joshua Tree 2017 Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic album. Here’s the sweetest thing: They will perform the entire album in sequence.

"Recently I listened back to 'The Joshua Tree' for the first time in nearly 30 years,” Bono said in a statement. "It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats ... I’ve sung some of these songs a lot … but never all of them."

Bonnaroo seems to be going all in for 2017. In addition to the A-list headliners, the music festival also features Chance the Rapper, who is now one of the biggest rappers on the planet; Major Lazer; Flume; the xx; Lorde, who is expected to release her second album early this year; Travis Scott; indie favorites Cage the Elephant; Marshmello; the Head and the Heart; and dozens more.

But the biggest buzz is likely to be around U2. "The Joshua Tree," U2's fifth studio album, came out March 9, 1987, and behind the hit single "With Or Without You" quickly propelled the band from rock heroes to pop superstars. Thirty years later, Bonnaroo will mark U2's first-ever festival headlining appearance in the U.S.

"Exit" and "Trip Through Your Wires" are two that Bono has not sung live since the 1980s, reports Rolling Stone. One song he has never performed live is "Red Hill Mining Town."

"I think it was probably one of those songs that due to tempo and arrangement never found a place within the live set," the Edge told Rolling Stone. "Think of a live show as an ecosystem. You've got niches to fill. There are uptempo, fast, dramatic songs and those are crucial. Then there are sort of more medium-tempo songs and no matter how great they are, sometimes you just can't find a place for them."

Not in 2017. It looks like fans of "The Joshua Tree" deep album cuts will finally find what they're looking for.

Bonnaroo announced its full lineup Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. EST and tickets went on sale at the same time. Keep your eyes on RedBull.com/Music for the latest lineup news, ticket information and other coverage.

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