Formerly bald Pope basher Sinead O'Connor will re-emerge from
three years of self-imposed exile on June 3 with a new six-track EP called
Gospel Oak. Her first effort since 1994's poorly-received Universal
Mother, the EP, with five new songs written by O'Connor and a live cover of
the traditional Irish song "He Moved Through the Fair," will be preceded by the
single "This Is To Mother You."
The provocative no-edit video for the
"This Is To Mother You" was described by a source as "starting out with a tight
shot of O'Connor's face and then pulling back to reveal her in bed with Kris
Kristofferson, with whom she goes at it in a very sexy, sensual way."
was journeyman country-rock singer/songwriter Kristofferson (his compositions
include "Me and Bobby McGee," which was made famous by Janis Joplin) who
defended O'Connor's honor when she was booed off the stage of a Bob Dylan
tribute in 1992 following her so-very-controversial Pope picture shredding
incident on "Saturday Night Live."
The rest of the tracks on Gospel
Oak are "I Am Enough For Myself," "Petite Poulet," "4 My Love," (which
features Jah Wobble on bass) and "This IS a Rebel Song."
play her first U.S. gig since a short stint on 1995's Lollapalooza (which ended
when the then-pregnant singer had to pull out due to the summer heat) on June
13 in Hampton Beach, NH at the Hampton Beach Casino. That performance will be
followed by an appearance at the Guinness Fleadh Festival on Randall's Island
on June 14. O'Connor will do a handful of dates after those gigs, then will
return to the U.S. in August for a more extensive tour.