Hot Press today posted the first bits of a new interview with Dolores O’Riordan, who reveals that she is finishing up her solo album, due in mid- 2006.
Dolores says her forthcoming solo album is the most “dark and personal” album that she’s ever written. She emphasizes that she could have only written this album alone, saying, “You might think, ‘Oh, that’s the same singer’, but otherwise it’s completely di erent to the Cranberries. Lyrically too, you wouldn’t have written something as dark and personal as that with the boys.”
Dolores expects the as-yet-untitled album to release in late spring/early summer 2006 and will be followed up by a world tour.
“I’ve just done a week’s worth of recording in Dublin’s Pulse Studios, which is the third or fourth session we’ve done,” she says. “Other bits of it were recorded in LA, and Metalworks in Toronto. I’d start the songs o at home on piano and then bring a programmer to the house to take care of the Pro- Tools side of things. Once I had three or four songs like that I’d go into a bigger studio with my musicians.”
Her musicians include Cranberries live backup guitarist Steve Demarchi, Graham Hopkins on drums, and bassist Marco Mendoza, whose resume includes Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and Ted Nugent.
“Graham I love for his energy and Marco, who’s been friends with my husband for 15 or 20 years, creates the most amazing things. He’s a Mexican dude, so he’s got that Latin rhythm thing going on as well as the rock. The main guitarist is Steve Demarchi, who used to do live session work with the Cranberries,” she adds.
Dolores confirms that “Black Widow,” a song that she originally recorded in 2003, will finally see release on the album: “There’s a very intricate and eerie song on it, ‘The Black Widow,’ which is about watching my husband’s mum die of cancer. There’s another one, ‘Letting Go,’ which leaked on to the internet and made me realise how out of control this piracy thing’s got.”
Hot Press also confirms that Dolores will be making her way to the Vatican on December 3, to perform for Pope Benedict XVI. “It’s my third concert and second Pope! There are about a thousand people on stage, including the Vatican Orchestra, so the vibe’s amazing,” she enthuses.
Is Benedict as rockin’ as John Paul? “John Paul used to work the crowd a bit whereas Benny’s only new in the gig,” she says, laughing. “He probably needs a few lessons and a pair of shades of Bono!”
Hot Press also teases that that they have details of her (new?) collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti, but for that, you’ll have to pick up the next print issue of Hot Press. Badalamenti said last year that he wanted to work with her to create “another kind of Dolores O’Riordan.” We’ll have the details on that as soon as we get it.
In the meantime, if somebody can send the full article from Hot Press’s site, please send it in!
Source: Hot Press