For the three living members of the Cranberries, discussing music and business must still be a tender area. The Irish rock outfit who rose to fame with hits like “Zombie” and “Linger” back in the 1990s, lost Dolores O'Riordan, their longtime singer and the strongest asset to their signature sound. The 46-year-old vocalist and alt-rock icon died unexpectedly following a recording studio session in London back on Jan. 15 of this year.
The loss of O’Riordan won’t stop the band from sharing the first, and last projects of music they’d all worked on creating together. The band announced on Wednesday that they’ll be reissuing their 1993 Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? LP.
“This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of our debut album,” the band shared in a lengthy and honest Facebook post. “In recent weeks we have had a number of media [i]nquiries asking if we were planning anything to commemorate this milestone.”
The commemoration will come in the form of a remastered version of their debut album, which included some of the more popular songs in their career discography, including “Dreams.” The reissue, which will arrive sometime later this year, will also include “unreleased material” and “other bonus material from the era of [the] debut album.”
They’ll also be forging forward in releasing the studio album with new original music that they’d been working on at the time of O’Riordan’s death. According to the band, her vocal parts were already finished and they hope their currently untitled album will be ready for release by early 2019.
Wednesday’s announcement is certainly a bittersweet moment for fans of a band whose future appeared to have been in a state of flux. They had been forced to cancel an entire North American tour scheduled for the fall of 2016 in promotion of their then-forthcoming Something Else LP, a mostly acoustic compilation album containing their biggest career hits, in addition to three new original songs. News of O’Riordan’s death back in January seemed to have caught everyone, including her band, off guard and unprepared to think about issues like business at such a heavy time.
Hats off to Noel, Mike and Ferg for deciding to keep Dolores’ voice alive and strong.