Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor Kris Kristofferson loves Ireland. We know this because Kris enjoys his gigs in Ireland. It shows He donates heavily to Irish charities when he tours the Emerald Isle He has told us so. Many times Kris & Sinead Protest Sinead made headlines & sparked international controversy in 1992 when she tore up a picture of the Pope on live television. She was protesting horrific, institutionalised child abuse & cover up attempts made by the Catholic church in her native Ireland. BobbyFest Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary concert was a highly anticipated & publicised event at Madison Square Gardens. World famous performers turned out to pay tribute to the legendary artist. Sinead O’Connor was one of them. The huge crowd attended to honour Bob Dylan. Sinead’s appearance on Saturday Night Live just a fortnight earlier had evoked strong & divided public opinions. The sellout concert was to be recorded. Kris Defends Sinead Kris Kristofferson told a volatile, vocal audience, “I’m real proud to introduce this next artist. Her name has become synonymous with courage and integrity.” They responded with overwhelming disapproval. Sinead looked frail with her tiny frame & shaved head. Her voice was strong. She ranted through a monologue of anger …. & did it again. She was boo-ed off stage. Her performance was edited out of the cd that was later released. It was painful to watch – One small, young girl against a tide of abuse yelling gangs of people. Kris Kristofferson stood by Sinead, held her & led her to the safety of the wings when she done. Kris had initially been told to get Sinead off the stage. He refused to do that, & instead told her, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” (Like the title of one of his songs) Kris Talks about Sinead Kris in Sinead’s This is to Mother You Kris Kristofferson featured in a Sinead O’Connor music video for the song, This is to Mother You. I believe this was from 1997, as part of The Gospel Oak EP (Correct me if you know otherwise) Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor Music video Closer to The Bone Kris Kristofferson wrote a song about Sinead O’Connor. It featured in his 2009 alum, Closer to the Bone. Sister Sinead – Lyrics (Extract) I’m singing this song for my sister Sinead Concerning the god awful mess that she made When she told them her truth just as hard as she could Her message profoundly was misunderstood There’s humans entrusted with guarding our gold And humans in charge of the saving of souls And humans responded all over the world Condemning that bald headed brave little girl And maybe she’s crazy and maybe she ain’t But so was Picasso and so were the saints And she’s never been partial to shackles or chains She’s too old for breaking and too young to tame It’s askin? for trouble to stick out your neck In terms of a target a big silhouette But some candles flicker and some candles fade & some burn as true my sister Sinead.
Kris Kristofferson talks about his Early life, Career & friends Ireland. 7/8/2010 Kris Kristofferson talks freely about Ireland, growing up, military service, Rhodes, influences, helicopters, oil rigs, Texas, Germany, Janice Joplin, Johnny Cash & his life after losing June, Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, Steve Bruton & more. Ireland’s always been good to me, they like poets & drunks “Nearly as good as an Irish audience” – said at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall Grew up on the Mexican Border Dad was in the army, then airforce, then flew for PanAm so Kris was used to the road but liked Texas Got a degree at Rhodes, was reading for his next when he joined the army – Which he liked Flew helicopters, went to jump school, Ranger school then to Germany for 3 years Flew helicopters to the rigs for a week to earn money, then tried to sell songs for week on/off Got 8 kids & a bunch of grandkids Mentions Janice Joplin & Sam Peckinpah Johnny Cash, Columbia, pitching songs. Johnny Cash made Sunday Morning Comin’ Down the song of the year The Highwaymen “Johnny never got to be just normal life-size to me – He was always bigger than that.” “After June died he was still working & he was still recording but I could tell he wasn’t gonna stick around very long.” John was heartbroken. They were so in love. Worked, played & had a child together Gone within months & that’s probably good. He was more comfortable going off to where she is. Grew to like acting – Got to work with a lot of great people. Lucky as I had no training Whatever worked on stage worked in films They don’t hire old men anymore – (Grin) Crazy Heart – Was Jeff Bridges role based on Kris? “I was never quite that drunk .. nor overweight. (Grins) Jeff worked with Steve Bruton who got sick and died “i haven’t been able to watch it because of that.”