Redefining the word “overkill,” U2 will release its new LP, No Line On The Horizon, in not one, not three, but in five different formats on March 3, including one with the low, low price of $96. In addition to the usual—and apparently, boring—CD and double-vinyl packages, there’s a digi-pack version with a 36-page booklet, a fold-out poster and a film by Anton Corbijn, featuring music by the band, that will be available for download. This package is budget priced at $35.98. For $49.98, discriminating shoppers will get the CD in a 60-page softcover magazine-style book, along with the downloadable Corbijn film. And what will $96 buy you? A boxed-set version with a 60-page hardcover book, a second poster and the Corbijn film on DVD.
Not sure what else to say about this, but it seems like a good time for a Bono joke:
When Warren Zevon died, he was surprised to find himself in Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven. St. Peter was showing him around, introducing him to all the departed rock stars. Visiting a fantastic music studio, Zevon marveled as he saw Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Bonham and many others. Suddenly, and with a flourish, Bono walked in to join the all-star jam session.
Zevon gasped to St. Peter: “I didn’t know Bono died!”
“Oh, that’s not Bono,” St. Peter assured him. “That’s God. He just thinks he’s Bono.”