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Rock Cellar Magazine would like to wish a big ol’ Happy Birthday to The Joshua Tree, 25 years old today. It’s all grown up.
It was this album that gave the U2 their first #1, put them on the cover of Time Magazine, elevated them from an arena band to a stadium band, and earned them two Grammy Awards. It is the band’s best-selling album, having sold 25 million copies worldwide.
Credit where credit is due: surely this was in no small part down to producers Brian Eno (genius) and Daniel Lanois (likewise; to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this month).
In last year’s From the Sky Down documentary about the making of 1991’s Achtung Baby (which Bono frequently refers to as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree”), it was revealed how unprepared the camp was for the sudden superstar status, and that the confidence of the four musicians was a bit shaky on those large stages.
“Being 22, 23, and you have a bit of success, is going to be tricky for anybody,” admitted Bono. “If you come from Dublin, it’s going to make you a little self-conscious.”
From this feeling and the awareness of their overly earnest image came their dark and arty albums of the ‘90s, but today we celebrate the period of their history where innocence produced some of the best and most unique rock songs we know today.

Rock Cellar Magazine would like to wish a big ol’ Happy Birthday to The Joshua Tree, 25 years old today. It’s all grown up.

It was this album that gave the U2 their first #1, put them on the cover of Time Magazine, elevated them from an arena band to a stadium band, and earned them two Grammy Awards. It is the band’s best-selling album, having sold 25 million copies worldwide.

Credit where credit is due: surely this was in no small part down to producers Brian Eno (genius) and Daniel Lanois (likewise; to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this month).

In last year’s From the Sky Down documentary about the making of 1991’s Achtung Baby (which Bono frequently refers to as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree”), it was revealed how unprepared the camp was for the sudden superstar status, and that the confidence of the four musicians was a bit shaky on those large stages.

“Being 22, 23, and you have a bit of success, is going to be tricky for anybody,” admitted Bono. “If you come from Dublin, it’s going to make you a little self-conscious.”

From this feeling and the awareness of their overly earnest image came their dark and arty albums of the ‘90s, but today we celebrate the period of their history where innocence produced some of the best and most unique rock songs we know today.

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