U2’s famous Joshua Tree vandalized

Someone took a hacksaw to the famous tree

The iconic Joshua Tree, made famous by U2 as the title and featured artwork for their fifth album, has been deliberately damaged.

Since the album’s release in 1987, fans have flocked to California’s Mohave Desert to snap photos of the famous tree where they have honored the band and its music. A number of fan forums reported that the tree fell in 2000, but fans still flock to the area to see the tree in person.

However, Yahoo Music News reports that earlier this month, a fan named Highway 190 posted a disturbing note on the @U2 Forums that the tree has been vandalized.

“Some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs,” the post states. “In short, leave the damn tree alone, so that future fans can enjoy it. Left alone, the tree will be there for many, many decades to come.”

As of this writing, neither the band nor its representatives have commented on the tree’s vandalizing.


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.