As usually the case when we deal with the endeavors of U2, everything comes at once. Just hours after the band launched the North American leg of its 360 Tour, Bono and Co. have announced plans to mark the 25th anniversary of their 1984 classic, The Unforgettable Fire, with an expanded reissue.
Due out on October 27th via Island/Universal, the release will consist of b-sides, rarities, alternate versions, and previously unreleased songs, including “Disappearing Act” (a.k.a. “White City”), which according to Billboard, was only recently finished. As for configurations, fans will be able to choose between a 180 gram vinyl album version, a standard re-mastered CD version, a deluxe double version with a 36 page bound book, and a limited edition super deluxe box set, which includes the two disc version, a 56 page bound book, 5 portfolio prints, and a DVD that will feature rare videos, concert footage and a “Making of” documentary of the album.
Basically, everything you would hope for will be include, which isn’t all that surprising giving their track record (the band reissued The Joshua Tree in 2007 and War, Boy, and October in 2008).
No word on what else is in the works, but with a followup to No Line on the Horizon supposedly due out sooner rather than latter and more tour dates expected for 2010, it looks like the U2 publicity blitz is again ramping up.