Exactly thirty years ago, in 1987, I was entering the ninth grade, a time in life when every experience is oversized and formative. That year, an Irish rock band of whom I’d previously never heard released its fifth studio album. The band was U2, and the album was The Joshua Tree, with tracks including “With or Without You” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The Joshua Tree’s reach made it all the way to Paragould, Arkansas and far beyond. It had such cultural impact that in 2017, during this thirtieth anniversary year, U2 is reprising The Joshua Tree tour and playing the entire album live in cities across the globe. It just so happens that U2 will be in Houston this very Wednesday at NRG Stadium. If you have a thousand dollars to spend, you might still be able to snag a ticket!