Sinead O'Connor explains tour cancellation
Sinead O'Connor has posted a lengthy letter to fans on her website detailing the events that led her to pull out of her remaining 2012 tour dates last month.
The letter, which has since been removed and replaced with the words "peace has been established," explains how the Irish singer was booked by her management on a rigorous touring and promo schedule despite her public bout with bi-polar disorder.
She said that her management team exacerbated her mental healtlh problems by making her feel guilty if she had a hard time keeping up with the schedule. O'Connor was on tour in support of her ninth album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
"Schedules were set without having been run by me, while I was in the midst of a very serious breakdown," she wrote. "I was treated as if it was my own fault I wasn't managing and I was responsible for it ... Expectations of me were unreasonable in my opinion and even at times inhumane. And everyone (apart from my band) working for me remained very far from presenting themselves as any kind of support either on the road or off."
She also claims that she lost her voice for the first time in 30 years during her North American tour because she didn't have the appropriate in-ear monitors and thus could not hear her own voice during the shows.
"An example of the type of punishing schedule I referred to is the following after three shows in Los Angeles I had lost my voice. This was because my proper equipment was not ordered. I had only two monitors on the floor. And could not hear myself singing above the big loud band. There were no side fills," she explained. "I lost my voice because I had had to shout above the band because of not having the right equipment."
However, she left the door open to performing again in the letter's final paragraphs. "I trust the holy spirit always has a plan and I know it's plans for me will always involve music and singing in one way or another," she concluded.