Virgilio Musica has published a near-complete transcript of Dolores O’Riordan’s press conference at the Sanremo Festival last Friday.
Several Italian press outlets have noted some of Dolores’s contradictions during the press conference — at one point, she says there will not be another Cranberries album, yet at the end of the conference muses that the band may regroup in the future.
Here is the transcript. Thanks to forevercran for help with the translation.
You played “Ave Maria” some years ago at Pavarotti and Friends, didn’t you?
Dolores O’Riordan: I still remember that evening, because there I met Lady Diana, one of the best people I’ve ever met. I was the only female artist at that concert so it was logical that we got together…
What do you think about The Passion [of the Christ]? Who asked you to collaborate on it?
Dolores O’Riordan: [It was] during the production of the movie, and I said yes immediately and willingly. I like the subject very much, it’s a real true film even though the risk of talking about religion is very high.
Did you see the movie?
Dolores O’Riordan: No, becouse in Toronto, where I now live, tickets sold out in a very short time. I wasn’t even sure that my “Ave Maria” was on the soundtrack but than I recived a call from a person in the record industry that said the song is on it.
How do you judge yourself as a musician?
Dolores O’Riordan:I always follow my spiritual evolution, but musically I haven’t changed a lot. I play with the piano to get some inspiration and then I decide to join in with the other instruments.
Do you write always in Limerick, sorrounded by the country?
Dolores O’Riordan: No, now I live in Canada, as I have just said… but the relationship with the country hasn’t changed. I couldn’t live in the city. I like to walk on the nature and to see some wolves or bears. One time a deer came to me to say hallo… it was a great experience!
Are you working on something?
Dolores O’Riordan: Yes I think I will relase a solo album in 2005. Or maybe 2006 at the latest. It’s because of my children. I want to spend all my time with them. One is 7 years old, I can’t leave him alone as I travel around the world, not even for a few weeks.
Sorry, and the new Cranberries album?
Dolores O’Riordan: What new album? I don’t think we’ll be putting out another disc as The Cranberries. We were together 13 years and now our position in the music industry doesn’t make sense… even if our relationship is still good.
You are explaining a decision that will distress thousand and thousands of fans all over the world, did you think enough about that?
Dolores O’Riordan: Come on! It wasn’t a fatal attraction; It was just a group… the problem was that it wasn’t exciting anymore, it was just a routine. To be honest the lads wasn’t very happy when I told them the decision of leaving the band to go overseas. But than they pondered and now they are happy this way.
What a pity. Now just U2 remain to represent Ireland in the music world.
Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries have never been U2 and I wanted to get away, not to be tied to a group for my whole life and have a lot of regrets until the day I die.
Are you afraid about the industry exploitation at this point? A live album after the band split up, a B-sides CD, the usual routine?
Dolores O’Riordan: I don’t think so, just because it’s not a definitive break up. It isn’t out of the question that sooner or later we’ll be back together. I mean, life is a journey and sooner or later we all meet back on the same road, no?
Source: Virgilio Musica