Photos by G.
On February 23, 2012, Sinead O’Connor played her first of two sold out shows at New York’s Highline Ballroom. She’s in town promoting her new album “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)” which she joked could also be called “How About I Be Me (And You Fuck Off)” in reference to her recent tabloid-esque life where she got married and divorced and reconciled quicker than I can type this sentence. The packed house also had some stars in the audience including former REM lead singer Michael Stipe, The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and singer Jay Brannan. What we witnessed and heard was the unmistakable voice that belongs to Sinead O’Connor. There’s no question that watching her perform is nothing short of amazing and it makes you realize that the world should really focus on her talent instead of her personal life.
There were times when it sounded as if Sinead might be recovering from a cold, but when she hit the notes (which was often), it brought the house down. She joked in between many songs about her life and mentioned how great it is to be playing for us. The crowd returned the love and lots of shushing was going on when anyone dared speak while Sinead serenaded us. After many songs, thunderous applause and people shouting out “Thank you, Sinead!” filled the room. She dedicated the Prince classic “Nothing Compares 2 U” to her kids and said afterwards that her manager calls the song “Nothing Compares 2 U Bastard.” While she focused a lot on the new album, she also played classics such as “Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Jackie.” The show started just before 9 PM and she played for close to two hours.
See the set list after the jump.