5 Things You Didn't Know About U2's Joshua Tree

May 31, 2017

U2 is on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album, the Joshua Tree.

The tour includes a stop at Chicago's Soldier Field on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday June 4th.

Here are some facts about the 1987 album that you may not have known.

1. U2 wanted the album to symbolize the open spaces of America, and that is represented by the desert photos on the album cover's inner sleeve.

2. According to the Edge, the album was influenced by what they learned touring America, that the cliches weren't necessarily true. And Bono says they're talking about America, the continent, not the country.

3. The US Library of Congress thinks the album is pretty cool. They added it to the National Recording Registry, due to its cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance.

4. The album almost wasn't released. Just before it was scheduled to come out, Bono had a panic attack, thinking the album wasn't good enough. He almost called production plants to pull the plug, but changed his mind.

5.The record company didn't like the album's title. Despite the title, the album went on to sell 25 million copies.

Find out more about the tour here.