Novelist Rushdie Writes Book Based On U2

"Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie is currently writing a rock-themed

novel that includes fictionalization of his experiences hanging with Irish

superstars U2, according to a representative for the band. Rushdie,

who was forced into hiding in 1989 after his novel "Verses" inspired a death

edict from the Iranian government -- who considered it blasphemous of the

Islamic faith -- hung out with U2 during their 1993 multimedia "ZooTV" tour. The

author joined the band onstage at London's Wembley Stadium during the tour,

and it is expected that those experiences will be fictionalized in the upcoming

novel, entitled "The Ground Beneath Her Feet." On Tuesday, Rushdie told the

host of a British book-talk show that "rock stars should never let novelists

onstage. They end up writing novels."