News Flash: U2 Ready To Rock Sarajevo

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]