Nick Cave pens tribute to Sinead O'Connor and Shane MacGowan

Nick Cave has written a poignant tribute to the late Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O’Connor.

The 66-year-old singer hailed The Pogues frontman a "true friend and the greatest songwriter of his generation" when his death was announced on Thursday (30.11.23), and he's now written on an essay reflecting on the singer's 60th birthday gig, where he performed on a bill which included the 'Nothing Compares 2 U' hitmaker, who passed away five months ago.

Asked about his memories of the stars on his Red Hand Files website, Nick told how he felt "agitated and nervous" about performing alongside the likes of Bono, Carl Barat and Bobby Gillespie but Sinead offered him comfort.

He wrote: "I saw Sinéad O’Connor standing slightly separate from everyone else, half hidden by the curtain, gazing at the floor, looking fierce and intense.

"I didn’t really know Sinéad, I’d met her a few times here and there, and maybe chatted briefly with her, but I had always liked her uniqueness, her raging spirit, her disagreeableness, her beautifulness and, of course, her celestial voice.