Sinéad O’Connor to play The El Rey and Belly Up Tavern
January 15, 2020 | By Jimmy Hankins
You might know her as the haunting voice of the Prince-penned international smash hit version of ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ or the haunted person behind controversial commentary on religion and society, but you know Sinéad O’Connor.
Bursting onto the scene with the alternative rock hit ‘Mandinka’ from her official debut album The Lion and the Cobra, Sinéad had already worked with U2’s The Edge, co-writing a song with the guitarist for the soundtrack to the film ‘Captive’ as well as having recorded a song ‘Take My Hand’ with her brother’s band In Tua Nua and having been the singer for Ton Ton Macoute.
(Mandinka from the album titled, The Lion and the Cobra)
With her incredibly beautiful voice, it should be no surprise that a number of musicians have wanted to work with her, and over the years she’s recorded and performed with The The (‘Kingdom of Rain’ off of Mind Bomb), Roger Waters (in his massive staging of The Wall in Berlin), Peter Gabriel (So album, backing vocals and duet on ‘Blood of Eden’), Bono (‘You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart’ from the In The Name Of The Father soundtrack) and Roger Daltry (Daltry Sings Townsend, Live) among other collaborations.
She’s championed many causes as well, often making big, provocative gestures to bring attention to them, including her a capella version of Bob Marley’s ‘War’ on Saturday Night Live, which she ended by tearing up a picture of the Pope in protest. She’s also garnered attention for women’s rights, organized religion, over-sexualization of women in entertainment, and child abuse.
After her hit album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, which contained her breathtaking ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ as well as hits ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘Jump in the River’, O’Connor released a number of albums in a wide variety of styles including ‘sexed up’ traditional Irish folk songs, religion-themed songs, romantic love songs and reggae songs.
(Nothing Compares 2U from I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got)
She remains an enigmatic performer who will no doubt be creating headlines for years to come. Southern Californians will be able to hear Sinéad O’Connor’s amazing voice when her 2020 tour hits February 9th at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles and The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach (San Diego) on February 11th.
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