The Cranberries stopped into the Edge 102 Studios in Toronto, Canada, earlier today to play a short 3-song acoustic set, as well as a live interview, particularly on the band’s views about the September 11th tragedies.
The band played the following three songs acoustically:
2. Ode to My Family
Most remarkable was Dolores and Fergal’s personal account of when she first learned of the attacks. “We were actually in Stockholm on September 11th,” narrated Fergal. “We were in the middle of doing some press interviews and the people from the record company came in and just said, ‘My God, turn on CNN, you won’t believe it!’. And that was when the first plane crashed, and then we saw the second one happening and said, ‘Oh my God!’. Horrific.”
Dolores added, “My first instinct was, ‘Go straight home, mind your babies, God knows what’s happening here in the world’, so basically we had to follow our hearts, so we went home, and stayed with our families until things settled down a little bit more.”
The band did regret that they had to cancel much of their promo plans in the interim, but felt that they had made the right decision. “At the end of the day, I totally doffed my career, but [my children] are small, so it’s good to be there.”
Even more significant was that Dolores, for the first time ever, discussed some of the songs she has written since the recording of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, and even more importantly, since the terrorist attacks.
Dolores conveyed, “There’s been a couple of songs actually that have definitely been affected or influenced by what happened, you know? So hopefully you’ll see those kinds of things next year. As I said, I didn’t want to kind of run out, jumping on stage singing all that stuff, which is the one route one can take, but I just personally felt safer at home and just felt that’s where we should be. So if you get inspired to write lovely songs or whatever, then good, you know, whatever.”
Perhaps we can look forward to new, more pessimistic songs? Dolores’s reference to “next year” is also an interesting one, perhaps suggesting that the band will add new songs to the “Wake Up” World Tour setlist. Or perhaps, a new album is sooner than we expect.