To coincide with their previously announced world tour which kicks off in May 2017, U2 will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 album 'The Joshua Tree' with a special edition re-release featuring live recordings, b-sides, remixes and other rarities. 

U2U2 embark on their 'Joshua Tree Tour' later this year

You might not be able to believe it's been 30 years since U2 dropped their international number one diamond-certified record, but they are paying tribute to the timeless classic with a massive tour across North America and Europe and now with a special edition release.

The album, produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and recorded in Dublin, is best known for featuring hits the likes of 'With or Without You', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Where the Streets Have No Name', and the new release will include not only the 11-track album itself but also a live recording of their 1987 Madison Square Garden concert, b-sides from original recording sessions and recently completed remixes from Daniel Lanois, St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite and Flood. Those who purchase the anniversary edition of the album will also get an 84-page hardback book of previously unseen photographs snapped by The Edge himself in the Mojave Desert.

More excitement comes with the fact that the entire band will be live on Twitter tonight (March 9th 2017) at 9pm UTC, answering as many questions as they can from fans who use the hashtags #AskU2 and #U2TheJoshuaTree2017.

More: Details on U2's The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

The North American dates for their Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will begin at BC Place in Vancouver on May 12th, and they will hit Europe in July beginning with a show at Twickenham in London on July 8th. They'll also be headlining Bonnaroo Festival alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd.

'The Joshua Tree - The 30th Anniversary Edition' will be released on June 2nd 2017 through Island Records.