Though they just spent much of last year on the road for an epic and triumphant tour in honor of the 30th anniversary of their seminal album The Joshua Tree, if you’re familiar at all with legendary Irish rockers U2, you likely know they’re not ones to lean on nostalgia, and certainly don’t often run out of stamina. The group’s last full-length, Songs of Innocence, dropped in 2014, and an arena run the following year earned rave reviews and huge sales. After doing a worthy amount of fan service with The Joshua Tree run, which included a rare festival appearance, headlining last year’s Bonnaroo, the band are turning again towards the future, debuting a new record, Songs of Experience, late last year. Meant to serve as a companion album to Innocence, the band are following 2015’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour and supporting Experience with their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, which brings them to Bridgestone Arena tonight, May 26, their first show in Nashville proper since a show at Vanderbilt’s stadium in 2011 (which, itself, marked their first time in Music City since a pair of dates in the ’80s).
In typical U2 fashion, this tour is an epic affair, with an unconventional stage situated in the middle of the room (allowing the whole arena’s seats to be sold), massive and engaging production, a career-spanning and socially and politically-charged set, an even an immersive in-person AR experience you can access via app. Diehards, of course, will love this, but even casual fans are sure to be awed by the sheer grandiosity and unbridled rock spirit, plus the group’s renewed relevance amidst today’s global landscape. While officially listed as sold out, a few firsthand tickets and a ton of varied resales are still available here as of writing. It’s also important to note, there will not be an opener, so you’ll want to be sure to arrive on time!
U2 will perform tonight, May 26 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase here.