SHORT TAKES : U2 Concert for Eastern Bloc

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Millions of pop fans in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union will be able to hear Irish band U2's New Year's Eve concert, the British Broadcasting Corp. said today.

U2's Manager Paul McGuinness said the live radio broadcast from Dublin's Point Depot was a tribute to the democratic reforms in Eastern Europe.

The concert, with blues legend B. B. King, will be beamed to Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, the Soviet Union and West Germany.

"It will be the largest audience for U2 since Live Aid. I'm not quite sure what will happen on New Year's Eve but it will be very special," McGuinness said. The 1985 international Live Aid concert raised millions of dollars for Ethiopian famine relief.

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