As if U2's PopMart concerts weren't difficult enough to stage in any
normally functioning city, try to conceive of mounting the prop-heavy
extravaganza in the war-ravaged city of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Irish superstars will do just that tonight, playing to
45,000 fans in the local stadium that was once home to the 1984 Winter Olympics. "This
is not a normal city," U2 rep Miro Purivatra told CNN. "We are faced with water shortages, no
electricity...imagine what it takes to prepare for the show."
U2 has long been a voice of protest against the war in Bosnia. Two
years ago, under the band heading Passengers, Bono and the Edge joined
Luciano Pavarotti and Brian Eno to record a track called "Miss Sarajevo,"
on which Bono sang, "Is there a time for keeping your distance? A time to
turn your eyes away?"
The concert will be broadcast tonight in the United States over the
Westwood One Radio Network at 7 p.m. (EDT & PDT). U2 is also scheduled to
cybercast the concert via their official Web site: u2popmart.msn.com. -- Chris Nelson [Tues., Sept. 23, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]