Originally posted Saturday, October 12, 2019 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on the AJC Music Scene blog
Iconoclastic Irish singer Sinead O’Connor is embarking on her first U.S. tour in six years, including a two-night stop at the intimate City Winery Atlanta March 22 and 23, 2020.
Tickets went on sale Friday and are going quickly despite relatively high prices: $95 to $115. (Tickets for Saturday’s show are here and tickets for Sunday are here) UPDATE: As of November 4, Saturday is sold out but tickets still available for Sunday.
The tour includes other stops in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.
O’Connor stateside is best known for her gripping No. 1 single “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990 and ripping a photo of the Pope live on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992 to protest sex abuse among children by priests, which caused a minor uproar.
Throughout her tumultuous life, she has gone through many personal, painful travails including abuse and public thoughts of suicide.
City Winery, by the way, seats about 350.
Acts who perform there rarely broach $100, but O’Connor is weighing supply vs. demand. (About a decade ago, Andrew Dice Clay sold plenty of tickets at the Punchline for $100 apiece, quadruple the usual price.)
Here is the range you’d typically see at City Winery: Rock act Cracker is $25 to $40 on Jan. 10. Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain is pricing his Nov. 3 date $35 to $45. R&B star Regina Belle Nov. 23 is $40 and $55. R&B singer Peabo Bryson is $45 to $60 Dec. 29 and 30, as is Los Lobos Feb. 7..Hip-hop soul artist Musiq Soulchild on Dec. 22 is $60 to $80. The esteemed rocker John Hiatt Nov. 16 is close to O’Connor at $75 to $90. R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples December 2 is comparable at $90 to $95 apiece.
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