U2 is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their fifth album, The Joshua Tree, with an epic world tour, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The idea of touring the album and celebrating its significance, occurred during U2’s performance at iHeartRadio’s Music Festival and Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, where the band requested the stage be a TAIT stage. Since then, the stage and set design for the Joshua Tree Tour became what is now viewed as an authentic, refreshed and forward-looking stage.
For the tour, TAIT custom-built a massive, 192 ft. wide, mainstage mimicking the Joshua Tree theme with a 75 ft. long runway leading to a tree-shaped b-stage. The fully loaded stage is equipped with three prop lifts; one piano lift on the mainstage and both a piano lift and drum kit lift on the b-stage which permits for audience interaction that U2 is known for at their shows. Controlled by TAIT Navigator, the b-stage lifts are programmed to lower below stage level to enhance the sightline of the band performing on the mainstage.
TAIT also provided the custom scenic tree top header, which sits above the back video wall, and was created to look like the silhouette of the infamous Joshua Tree.