BIG Music News: U2, Lionel Richie

U2:  Joshua Tree is being re-released today to mark its 30th anniversary

U2 re-release their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, today (Friday) in numerous configurations in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The super-deluxe collector’s edition will add a concert recording from 1987, B-sides and rarities, 2017 remixes and an 84-page hardback book of photographs shot by The Edge in the Mojave Desert in 1986.

This classic album elevated them to superstar status thanks to such tracks as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "With or Without You," "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "In God's Country." It topped the charts in more than 20 countries and has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. It was also the first album to sell more than a million copies on CD.

The Edge says he thought The Joshua Tree could have been an even better album: 

 "I remember feeling that we had a few really strong tunes on the album all right. I think we all recognized that 'With or Without You' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' were great tunes. But actually I remember feeling a little disappointed that we hadn't managed to push up some of the other tunes, the ones kind of on side two. I left feeling that we could've made an even better record."

On a personal note, The Joshua Tree is one of those rock 'n roll albums that literally changed the way I listen to music.  I never really considered myself a big U2 fan before this album.  I literally loved every song on it.  After that album came out, I found myself paying more attention to their other material.  This is one of the greatest bands I've ever heard.  ~ Dewayne

LIONEL RICHIE:  Looking forward to touring with Mariah Carey

It's been delayed and shortened, but Lionel Richie is very optimistic about this summer's All the Hits tour with Mariah Carey. Though he hints that working with the infamous diva is a bit different, he frames it in a humorous manner.

Lionel Richie previews this summer's All the Hits Tour with co-star Mariah Carey:

 "I always said, 'You want an adventure when you come to a show?' This is a reality television show, basically, on stage [laugh]. Because I told Mariah, that 'I don't care what you do. Just make sure you kill it between eight and nine o'clock'."

Lionel says that he and Mariah probably have to overlook some songs -- because of the impressive totals they've built up over the decades.

Lionel Richie says this summer's shows with Mariah Carey will be driven by hit songs:

 "What they're expecting is all the hits. She's got enough hits to last forever and the two of us are now trying to figure out -- not what we're going to play but which ones that we're not going to play. But I must tell you, she is fired up for this, and I told her to come and have some fun. That's the whole thing, 'cause with my shows, it's not us singing -- it's the crowd singing along with us."

Going back to his days in The Commodores, Lionel Richie has been even more popular overseas than here in the U.S. His worldwide schedule keeps him away from his L.A. home more than half the year.

Lionel Richie says he tours more than half of every year:.

"We have done this so long, that maybe four months out of the year, I am actually home. And other than that, and it's not, I would love to tell you it's all in one solid block. But when you say, 'World Tour,' it's a big world to go around the world. And I'm very cautious what I tell my manager. He asks me one question, 'How're you feeling?' And I make the mistake of saying, 'I'm feeling great.' And he goes, 'OK, you're booked again tomorrow' [laughs]."

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