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U2 360° At The Rose Bowl

Today, U2.com has announced that the 25 October 2009 concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that was broadcast live on YouTube will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. It will be released on 7 June 2010, just as the 360° Tour's third leg begins. It will be available in multiple formats - single DVD, two disc DVD, two disc DVD in a box set, and single disc Blu-Ray.

Keeping with the U2 tradition of almost never releasing a full concert on DVD, the standard edition - i.e. the single disc DVD - does not include concert opener Breathe. The setlist is otherwise complete, though no word on whether some songs have been edited to remove snippets (this has happened in the past to snippets and covers for which the band could not get or did not want to pay the rights). Breathe is included as a bonus track on the two disc DVD and Blu-Ray versions, along with a tour documentary and music videos for the singles from No Line On The Horizon. The only time U2 have ever released a full concert as the main feature is Popmart Mexico City, though even that recording of 3 December 1997 features some minor cuts, and angles shot at the 2 December show.

If you fancy the box set version, Amazon UK indicates you can buy it for the low, low price of £113.99 - more than most concert tickets! (Never mind that its RRP is apparently a whopping £151.99.) U2.com have not yet announced what exactly the box set will contain, but at a price like that, perhaps Edge delivers every copy personally?

Edit: The two disc DVD box set is now listed on the U2.com store with details. It contains a 24 page book, poster, setlist, replica tour programme, and a 7" vinyl (the contents of which are not stated). Furthermore, they are selling it for the much more reasonable price of US$39.95. Amazon UK's price has not been changed at the time of this update.

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