Sinead O'Connor - Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute concert. (1992)

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Bob Dylan tribute performance: Two weeks after the Saturday Night Live appearance, she was set to perform "I Believe in You", at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute concert in Madison Square Garden. She was greeted by a thundering mixture of cheers and jeers. During the booing, Kris Kristofferson; (actor/singer), told her not to "let the bastards get you down", to which she replied, "I'm not down."... The noise eventually became so loud that O'Connor saw no point in starting the scheduled song. She called for the keyboard player to stop and the microphone to be turned up, and then screamed over the audience with an improvised, shouted rendition of "War"... This time, she sang the song, stopping just after the part in which the lyrics talk about child abuse, emphasising the point of her previous action. She then looked straight to the audience for a second and left the stage. (Kristofferson then comforted her, as she cried)

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ultimeate ds man fan 68 : Sinead O'Connor is beyond most people's level of intellect. She is like a supernova compared to most every humans light of truth.

EricDavidFloyd : Thanks Kris for rising above the nitwits - or has Kris would say "Don't let the bastards get you down"

Blanka Rotten : This is the most punk performance I've ever watched. She's such a brave woman and a truly inspiration to live up to.

JM Salamanca : Courage! My deep admiration to such a brave and sensible artist. After all these years, people and media finally realised she was right and way ahead of her time. Love, Sinead.

Mr. Ben : I love her stare after finishing her song, so bad ass.

Sicario 13 : Kristoferson is a gentleman

Larry The Cucumber : I was at this show... so upsetting to me... very intense moment... I just wept.

Tim : I think the funniest thing about the whole pope controversy was that people were so vitriolic towards her for what she did but it was completely justified, she was 100% right about what she was speaking out against. It goes without saying, most people did not care too much about the pope or the catholic church before she tore up the picture, but then she goes and does it, and then everyone loses their minds. What irritates me the most is that she has never received an apology from anyone. It was endless vitriol from such idiotic people who were on the wrong side of history, seeking to assassinate the character of a caring and honest woman.

dumby88 : The women with the most *balls* on earth! Love you 4ever Sinead !

busterkeatonsbriefs : I would have expected better from Bob Dylan fans. How disappointing and embarrassing for themselves.

Pedro Pereira : Americans... Cheering Miley Cyrus but booing Sinead... Sad, plastic souls

Lewis Collard : 3:25 - Kristofferson saying "don't let the bastards get you down". Everyone needs their own Kris Kristofferson in their life.

babba ruff : So brave and dignified, total BADASS, well done Sinéad! 💪👏👏👏👏👏💪

frank Walton : Don't want to presume but I think Dylan totally approved.

funkcool : how many ignorant people can fulfill an entire stadium?

skropik2 : She has more balls than all of those booing males.

Viola Tondern : After 25 years it still brings tears to my eyes. What a courageous young girl . TY, Magda!

MrS98VAC : I want to see any "artist" in today's music have the balls to stand for something this real. Sinead 4ever!

Preben Johansen : Courage and integrity! <3

Saya : When Kris came back onto the stage it's because they told him to get her out of there but he just told her not to let these bastards take her down. Awesome guy 👏🏻

Millariina V : She is unbelievable glorious! So brave and strong woman. She surely knew very well how controversial her acts will be but she still followed her heart and what was right, staying true to herself. Rare people can do that. I wouldn't think any of those booers in the audience, such a shame for them. And how great brave response from her to the audience. Can do nothing but look up to her. Keep it up sis!

Sileithel : WOW. When she came out on stage she had this beautiful, sort of innocent, shy smile... it makes me want to hug her. I don't think she realised she was being booed at first... So brave, she kept her cool until she was off the stage and just then did she start crying. Amazing response to an incredibly awful situation. COURAGE.

Philip Burman : So whose sorry now that we know the truth. Well done Sinead, one tough Celtic lady. Popes come and Popes go but the truth is still the truth.

WALTER SOBCHAK : Kristofferson was such a class act. It's time for the world to apologize to her and the Irish.

futurret : This is where most people would be silenced, cowardly leaving the stage immediately. She stood there, took the response and then gave back. Wonderful, 10/10 exemplary performance. For a recent video this reminded me of, search for "BE HATED" by Veritasium.

Saya : Wow that was one of the bravest things I've ever seen

coalseamwig : Compassion and Respect for Sinead on this sad day for her.

Jac Kass : One of the bravest artists of all time, and it ruined her carrier. And gave her a nervous breakdown. 25 years after there is finally a pope who is capable of doing something about child abuse in the catholic religion. He just have to fix the Vatican Bank first! 

wtfutube78 : what a brave artist

Hawaiiguy Kailua : I don't know of any other person who has shown the courage Sinead did in the early 90's. To carry that torch on her own is mind boggling. Joan of Arc of our time, and we all missed and still miss the importance of her actions. Her message will be remembered long after we are dead, she will be a martyr to future generations as we are still to self absorbed to comprehend the magnitude of her fight against the machine.

cindy morris : To all the haters and the uninformed, that don't have a clue as to why she tore up a photo of the pope on SNL in 1992. She represented those that have lived and are living there, in Ireland, that have been and are being abused in many ways including sexual abuse of innocent children. They've been forced to give the best of their crop, their herds and their flock to the "royals" of that country. They were forced to starve all under a ruse of a "famine". They were forced to sit idly by while the man that was suppose to represent Christ did nothing to stop it but hid it. Sinead had brass balls for standing up on live television to demonstrate publicly the war on the mistreatment of her people and the sexual abuse of innocent children by the Magistrate. She had to do it on live tv because it would've been edited out otherwise. The more that people speak out and take a stand against the exploitation and abuse to inform and educate the public,will undoubtedly make a difference for the betterment of our children.

jane noviello : Revolutionary. The way she contemplates the crowd, looks within and looks out at them again and makes the decision to sing the Marley song acapella. The final defiant glance. I am in awe.

River Man : She's been the center of controversy her entire career because she's simply before her time and the public can't handle her. She ripped up the picture of the Pope. ''Oh how disrespectful!'' Look at EVERYTHING that has come out over the years regarding the Vatican, the Catholic church and all it's child abuse cover-up's! O Connor is right. I'm genuinely embarrassed for the thousands in attendance that bullied her during this concert. May they all look back now and hang their heads in shame for being so wrong.

CharlotteNCJack : For the of you who don't know Sinead is a devout Christian and has actually been ordained as a priest in a non-catholic splinter affiliation. She did what she did in response to child abuse committed by Catholic Priests.

Stephen Nicholls : An amazing era when we had artists that had a pair

laurionline : Omg that crowd were mean. She is super sweet. Dont get it.

Jay stevenson : she has really beautiful eyes

Thomas Fleming : She was and is.....wait for it......RIGHT!!!

John Smith : SHEER COURAGE.

tytits : I have always thought that this moment, was a moment of absolute proof, of just how divided people are and how ignorant they are not just in the United States, but the world over. A black group sang a song called war a few decades ago in the disco/funk era, about the same thing, and yet that song not only became popularized, but even became a headlining song in the movie rush hour. However, in the 90's they couldn't take a song that she truly sang from the heart? it's absolutely amazing to me. Put a funky beat to a song and people jump all over it, but come to people as a real human being and not afraid to show emotion, and they jump all over you like you've committed mass murder or something. People are always corrupted over issues of religion which is why in my opinion, its worse to talk about religion than it is to talk about politics or anything else.

isabel moreira : One day, child sexual abuse will be a very big priority anywhere on the planet. One day, abusing a child of any age will be the most unforgivable crime. We have to teach children in some way, like teaching them to walk, that this is wrong, and only a spontaneous complaint will put those monsters in jail. O'connor will not be alive by then, but one day she will be remembered and thousands of people reciting Bob Marley's War (the lyrics actually have to do with racism but it was a O'connor disguise) live broadcast to billions of people who will rip photos of their aggressors, perhaps the image of the Pope, who will not be the current Pope. As a milestone, that: no child should be abused, whatever the abuse. And if by case a child is abused, then it is: WAR.

Mario Jose Campos : Strong woman!

kyle nicholson : That must have been such a crazy rush of anger and adrenaline!!!!

paul otoole : A great woman... now is going to play in Israel...the country with most breaches in Intl. Law by breaking more UN resolutions against Palestine, murder and attacks by Israeli soldiers and slowly stealing 75% of Palestinian s land since 1948. Murders human rights personnel bringing food to Gaza, 

DJ Lizzy B™ : I think Bob would've rather she speak her mind (esp. after getting "boo'd"). She said she grew up loving his music, so the politics should have been cast-aside. I think she STILL should have regained her composure & courage, said/sang what she'd done & go on to sing her scheduled number. Walking away gave the -- critics -- their much-needed satisfaction, but she should have remembered the concert was for Bob, not to showcase her. So either way you see it, "post-booing," it became a "lose/lose" stage-situation.

Eric James : At present time conservative speakers are not allowed to speak at many universities. In 92 Sinead wasn't allowed to speak freely. For those who proclaim free speech is dead. It would be more accurate to say free speech was never really was alive. Just because you disagree with Sinead's politics she can't be allowed to sing? Well, that is a good example of religious totalitarianism. Ironic as that was the very inspiration for her tearing up that picture.

Meijie Lu : me against the world.

Darren Thomas : Shame about a crowd like that. Shame there are enough people silly enough to have faith in the church too. Sinead was pretty cool in facing them down, but her voice sounded pretty poor (shame that). Lot of people moaning about her, but that reception must have been hard to deal with, lot of people would have run off crying I reckon.

mike lrourkes : She should of just walked off!! even now its painful to see her go through that!!