Sinead O’Connor is returning to the concert stage after a four-year hiatus with a short Irish tour this fall — and she made her public re-appearance last week with a stunning performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and The Pogues’ “Rainy Night in Soho” on Irish TV’s “The Late Late Show.” Watch both right here.
Looks like David Byrne got into town a little early ahead of his concert in Portland, Ore., so he popped into the Alibi Tiki Lounge late Saturday night to do a little karaoke. His selection? Prince’s incomparable 1984 smash “When Doves Cry,” which you can watch right here via Instagram user talkheadtalk.
Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday. This week’s new releases include reissues of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ and the ‘Live at the Bataclan 1972’ album by Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico.
For this week’s installment of “120 Minutes” Rewind, we present this “120 X-Ray” segment on Sinead O’Connor that aired Jan. 28, 1990, and actually ends with host Dave Kendall introducing the world premiere of the soon-to-be-iconic video for the Prince-penned “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
The Waterboys have a long history of covering Prince’s epic “Purple Rain” in concert, and here’s another great take on that classic: Mike Scott and Co. on Friday performed a stripped-down cover of the song live on the air during the BBC’s “Chris Evans Breakfast Show” — which you can watch in full here.
No stranger to dropping unexpected covers into his sets, Elvis Costello currently is in the midst of his revived ‘Spinning Songbook’ tour and is treating fans at many of the trek’s stops to a show-stopping blast through Prince’s 1984 epic ‘Purple Rain.’
Eighteen years ago tonight, Sinead O’Connor largely derailed what had been a promising career when she appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ sang Bob Marley’s ‘War’ and tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II while urging viewers to ‘fight the real enemy.’ Watch the whole performance here.