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30th Jul 2023

“A beautiful woman, way ahead of her time” – Foo Fighters and Alanis Morissette pay tribute to Sinead O’Connor

Patrick McCarry

Sinead O'Connor

“Tonight, we we’re going to do something that we’ve never done before.”

The Foo Fighters teamed up with Alanis Morissette at the Fuji Rock Festival, on Saturday night, to pay tribute to the late Sinead O’Connor.

The rock band invited Morissette up on stage to perform their version of the O’Connor classic, Mandinka. Morissette, who shot to fame in the 1990s with her album Jagged Little Pill, paid tribute to the Irish singer, who died at the age of 56, earlier this week.

After Foo Fighters lead singer David Grohl introduced the Canadian and said they were performing together for ‘a special reason’, Morissette told the crowd:

“For a beautiful woman, high intelligence and deep empathy, way ahead of her time, who’s no longer with us, this is for her.”

RTÉ and GAA pay tribute to Sinead O’Connor

The Foo Fighters were one of the headliners for the Fuji Rock Festival, in Japan, this year, along with The Strokes and Lizzo.

The song, Mandinka, was part of Sinead O’Connor’s first album, The Lion and The Cobra, and was released as a single in 1987. It reached No.6 in the Irish singles charts, at the time, and was a Top 20 hit in the UK.

RTÉ played out their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final coverage with the same song. Earlier in the day, O’Connor’s biggest hit, Nothing Compares 2 U, rang out around Croke Park before the big game between Dublin and Kerry:

Sinead O’Connor released 10 studio albums over the course of a music career that spanned five decades.

In the days since her passing, tributes have flooded in from across the world for the Dubliner.

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