Friday 20 September 2019

Cranberries 'step back' after final album with Dolores

Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan

The Cranberries have said they plan to take a "step back" before deciding if they have a future following the death of singer Dolores O'Riordan.

The band released their album, In The End, on Friday, having pieced it together using demos recorded by O'Riordan before her death in January last year.

Guitarist Noel Hogan (47) said he's unsure if he, bass player Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler will work together again.

"It's time to take a step back from it for a while. Then we'll think about what does come next - if anything," he said.

The Cranberries resumed work on the album months after O'Riordan (46) was found dead in a bath in a London hotel.

Hogan said the band had kept themselves distracted since then, but now had to fully confront it.

"Since it all started on that day, this has been all-consuming for us," he said. "We dealt with that, we went into the studio.


"We'll see where we're at. We're getting a little tired at this point because it's just been ongoing.

"And it has been great. We're truly delighted people are interested and know about us.

"There are bands that would kill for that, and it's great to have that, but I think, a few steps back for us."

The band previously said they didn't plan to recruit another singer to replace O'Riordan. However, Hogan said they'll stay in music.

"No matter what we do going forward, it will be something to do with music," he said.

"Whether it might be together or individually or whatever it might be.

"It's hard after 20 years to suddenly become a banker or whatever. That's not going to happen.

"It's only now we're realising it, the day before the album comes out, that we've been going busier than we have been in many years, ironically."

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