Sinéad O’Connor has had her fair share of very public troubles of late, battling with mental health issues, but she drew inspiration from David Bowie for a defiant return to form.
The Irish singer joined former Bowie backing singer Ava Cherry and several other performers to tackle David Bowie classics at a fund-raising tribute gig at Chicago club Metro.
While Cherry performed Young Americans at the show which raised money for cancer research, it was O’Connor who stole the show, as can be seen in the video above.
O’Connor performed Life On Mars and Sorrow – originally a 1966 song by The Merseys which Bowie tackled on his covers album Pin Ups.
Playing with Bowie tribute band Sons Of The Silent Age, the gig marks one of the first public appearances made by O’Connor after she stated she’d quit the music business in November.
The same month saw the singer make a series of distressing posts on Facebook, including one stating that she had taken an overdose. The singer was later located by police in Dublin.
The 49-year-old was admitted to hospital in the city and later admitted she was “never going back to music”.
O’Connor wrote: “I need a new home. And a new job. A new life … Music is over for me. Music did this. It rendered me invisible. Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.”
Thankfully, as this video shows, she seems to have changed her mind.
Cherry performed Young Americans at the benefit, which raised money for research by the University Of Chicago into immunotherapy – a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer.
Bowie died shortly after his 69th birthday in January, after an 18-month battle with cancer. A second volume of Bowie’s career retrospective box-sets is due in autumn, which is likely to cover his albums from 1973-75.
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