Fuck the Past, Kiss the Future!
February 12, 2011 10:25 PM Subscribe
posted by kmz (49 comments total)
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In 1993, after aid worker Bill Carter told them about the situation
in Sarajevo, U2 wanted to play a concert there
, but realized it would be impractical and dangerous for both the band and the people of Sarajevo. But Bono promised that U2 would play the city one day. (He also set up a satellite link to Sarajevo
in the middle of Zooropa concerts.) On September 23, 1997, a year after the official end of the siege, U2 kept that promise
.The excellent Wikipedia entry on the concert.
Missing Sarajevo, a minidoc about the concert: part 1
, part 2
Unfortunately, there are only a few video clips available of the concert:
Intro, Mofo, New Year's Day
Even Better Than the Real Thing
(static pictures with audio)
Pride, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Sunday Bloody Sunday
(first time it was played in years and first time acoustic)
(first time played live, featuring Pavarotti on gramophone; song was written based on the Bill Carter doc)
There are however excellent audio bootlegs because the show was broadcast on radio. One version available to download from Megaupload
In 1995, Bono helped fund and produce a documentary by Bill Carter, Miss Sarajevo
), about a beauty pageant put on in the middle of the siege. The same year the band (in their Passengers
guise) released the song "Miss Sarajevo"
Interview/mini-doc with Alma Catal, one of the main participants in the documentary Miss Sarajevo, from when U2 played Zagreb in 2009, their return to the Balkans. Part 2