Righteous rage

Righteous rage

Nothing compares to Sinead O’Connor, performing at Cal State LA Sunday

By Carl Kozlowski 11/20/2013

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It’s been a lot longer than seven hours and 15 days since the world fell in love with Sinead O’Connor and her haunting vocals on the song “Nothing Compares 2 U.” 

In the time since that song hit the top of the music charts worldwide back in 1990, the 47-year-old Irish singer/songwriter has been married four times, released seven more solo albums and caused countless controversies. 

Among her most infamous moments, she was ordained a priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church law, tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live,” and had Frank Sinatra threaten to “kick her ass” for refusing to perform at concerts which played “The Star Spangled Banner” before she took the stage. 

She also declared herself “three-quarters heterosexual, one-quarter gay,” and rejected the Grammy Awards, taking her name out of consideration after receiving four early-career nominations, before shaking the Internet this year with an open letter in which she lectured Miley Cyrus about flaunting her sexuality. 

Somehow, O’Connor has managed to find the time to tour behind her latest CD, “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?” and will be taking the stage on Sunday at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA. 

The intimate show is part of her worldwide concert tour in support of the album and should provide a deep mix of old and new favorites from her extensive catalog. 

A lifelong resident of Ireland, O’Connor recalled having a mostly normal childhood until age 15, when she was placed in the largely Roman Catholic nation’s Magdalene homes for troubled young women. While she credits her time in the home with inspiring her creativity for the first time, she also alleges suffering emotional and psychological abuses there that fueled her later antipathy toward the Catholic Church. 

Having veered from straight-ahead rock and pop songs through forays into reggae, gospel music, traditional Irish folk songs and highly inventive arrangements of Broadway standards, O’Connor’s shows are packed with unpredictable selections. Combined with her unceasing penchant for provocative speech-making at shows, Sunday’s performance should be memorable in more ways than one.  

Sinead O’Connor performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. Tickets are $35 to $55. Call (323) 343-6600 or visit luckmanarts.org. 

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