On the day of Dolores O’Riordan’s death (January 15, 2018), the singer was planning to hit the studio to record guest vocals for Bad Wolves’ cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Sadly, that never ended up happening, so the band decided to release the track on January 19, 2018 and donate the proceeds to O’Riordan’s children. However, during a recent interview with ABC Audio, The Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan said that he felt that the track was released too soon: “I think it was a bit too soon. For my liking, anyway.” Drummer Fergal Lawler also added that he “didn’t really like it” and that “the whole thing seemed insensitive or something.” Despite this, Hogan did say that he wished no “ill will” towards Bad Wolves.
The Cranberries have released a new song, titled “All Over Now,” on the first anniversary of Dolores O’Riordan’s death. The track is the first single from the group’s final album “In The End,” which is set to be released on April 26.
“In The End” Track Listing:
01. “All Over Now”
03. “Wake Me When It’s Over”
04. “A Place I Know”
05. “Catch Me If You Can”
06. “Got It”
08. “Crazy Heart”
09. “Summer Song”
10. “The Pressure”
11. “In The End”
Noel Hogan said the following about the album:
“Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live. We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album, we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honor Dolores. It was a bittersweet time. The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we’d laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn’t be in that evening to work on that day’s track.”
O’Riordan’s mother also commented:
“I miss her awfully, specially today, as does the entire family. That said I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today’s announcement.”