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U2 and ‘Joshua Tree’ topple Adele, crush Ed Sheeran as No. 1 summer concert

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The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen of U2 perform during their ‘The Joshua Tree World Tour’ opener at BC Place in Vancouver on May 12.

U2’s breakthrough The Joshua Tree album turns 30—yes, 30— this year, but it’s not too late to hit the road. The popularity of a large-venue anniversary tour to time-test the album’s U.S. and global social commentary lands the Irish rock band at No. 1 among summer concert ticket sales, according to ticket-resale giant StubHub.

“The Joshua Tree Tour 2017” has so far outsold the No. 2 top ticket-seller, British contemporary pop singer Ed Sheeran, by 65%, even with fewer than half as many shows (Bono and company’s 13 summer stops compared to Sheeran’s 32).

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