The exclusive “Ritz London Magazine” has finally published their long- promised interview with Dolores O’Riordan in their Winter/Spring 2004 issue. This is the first interview with Dolores published since The Cranberries announced their “temporary hiatus” in September of this year. The article covers 5 pages in “Ritz”, making it the most comprehensive interview that Dolores has done in 2003.
The interview was done this past July with Hot Press editor Stuart Clark. Hotpress.com published excerpts from the same interview over the summer, although none of the quotes from that article are repeated in the “Ritz” printed article.
Hot Press editor Stuart Clark asks Dolores about a number of topics, including singing for Pope John Paul II in 2001 and 2002, touring with the Rolling Stones in 2003, her childhood experiences with the Catholic church, and, most intriguing, The Cranberries’ ”taking time out to pursue solo projects.”
Dolores also talks about living in Toronto, where she has been living for the past several months to record her debut solo album, and she says, where she will continue to live this winter. “Having two rugrats — well, three, including Don [Dolores’s stepson] who’s a big kid – it’s still a magical time of year. We’re going to be in Toronto, which means a lot of running around in the snow and hot whickies afterwards. There are bears in the woods near us, but they’ll be hibernating. God, I can’t wait!” she says in the interview, evoking images of a Canadian Winter Wonderland.
Zombieguide has an extra copy of Ritz available for auction on eBay. We’re also throwing in one of our extra copies of the new book From the Cradle to the Stage by Alan Swan.
This is the last interview that we know Dolores to have given, but honestly and unfortunately, it could be the last one we see for awhile. Cherish it while you can.
In the meantime, Zombieguide will keep you informed of any new Cranberries interviews, sightings, or rumors from “a friend of mine who is a friend of the janitor of the building where a friend of Noel’s cousin works part-time.”