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Fall Out Boy Honors Sinéad O’Connor On Live Cover

Fall Out Boy 2023
[Photo by: Elliott Ingham]

Throughout their So Much For (Tour) Dust setlists, Fall Out Boy have incorporated a handful of cleverly crafted cover songs to inject the crowd with an extra dose of energy and enthusiasm. However, yesterday evening, July 26, the group’s frontman Patrick Stump took the opportunity to pay tribute to honor Sinéad O’Connor following the news of her passing earlier in the day.

Across the tour’s 24 dates that have already passed, the four-piece unit has made Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” covers a staple of their setlists. However, last night Stump tackled the 90s ballad, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which became O’Connor’s most popular track after she recorded a version for her sophomore album released in 1990. “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written and composed by Prince, but became a defining moment of O’Connor’s career.

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Fall Out Boy previously performed the track at a previous show on July 1, but following the tragic news of O’Connor’s passing at 56 years old yesterday, it was a beautiful moment that the group chose to honor the late singer-songwriter.

Check out the fan-filmed video of Stump’s performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” last night below.

Since news of O’Connor’s passing emerged yesterday afternoon, a wave of heartfelt tributes has poured in from musicians and fans alike. Among those paying their respects is Hozier, who fondly remembers her courage, honesty, and the sacrifices she made. He shares, “Her courage and her honesty and her truth that she spoke cost her a great deal. I stand here as an artist who walks on the roads that she paved at great cost and she paved with the brilliance of her heart.”

Similarly to Fall Out Boy, P!nk and Brandi Carlile joined forces for a powerful duet of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” honoring O’Connor’s iconic rendition of the song. Additionally, Miley Cyrus delivered a soulful version of the same smash hit during a touching tribute performance last night.

O’Connor’s impact, honesty, and fight will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Sinéad.

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