Sinead O'Connor Officially Ends 'Retirement'

Published: 2005-10-05
It is well known that there are but few guarantees in the world of rock and roll. One thing upon which you can always count, however, is that when an artist suddenly and unequivocally "retires" from performing, they will invariably return within a couple of years. Such is the case with Irish singer/songwriter Sinead O'Connor who, after renouncing her career in order to reclaim her privacy in 2003, is now back with a new album and privacy-destroying world tour.

The album, entitled Throw Down Your Arms, is out this week and was produced by reggae legends Sly & Robbie, a.k.a. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The Jamaican duo will also join O'Connor on her upcoming North American tour, which begins November 28 in Minneapolis and which has (so far) just one Canadian stop planned.

"The shows are the whole point," said O'Connor in a statement. "I can't wait to be onstage with Sly and Robbie. I want to pass on the teachings of the Rastafarai movement, sing the songs and have fun. It will", she added, "be better than mass."

O'Connor had a notoriously volatile career before her temporary retirement, rocketing to fame with a 1990 cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" before courting controversy by calling out the Pope on Saturday Night Live, publicly feuding with Frank Sinatra and later becoming an ordained priest.

Sinead O'Connor's only announced Canadian tour date is:

December 3, Toronto, ON - Kool Haus

Writer: Neil McDonald

   

 

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