Well...at least we've finally got some sort of explanation.
Unfortunately it seems a bit bollocks!
The direct conversion between $ and £ for Rock Band comes to about £90 add the VAT = £105.75 so are you really telling me it costs about £70 per unit to ship to the UK?
I probably will get Rock band eventually but not until it's reduced to a reasonable price and definitely not at launch. But the impression I'll get from this that EA/Harmonix/MTV are just another bunch of moneygrabbing bastards!