The news of The Cranberries lead-singer Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden passing on January 15, 2018 shook fans around the globe. The 46-year-old was found in her Hilton Park Lane hotel room in London early that Monday morning. She was in London at the time for a brief recording session and was allegedly in good spirits prior to her passing, with police confirming that the singer’s death was not being treated as suspicious.
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The Cranberries shot to fame in the 1990’s with hits such as ‘Linger’, ‘Ode To My Family’, ‘Dreams’, and ‘Zombie’, with front-woman Dolores’ unmistakable Irish brogue and keening yodel making the band one of the most unique forces in music, selling millions of records worldwide. And still, to this day, their albums stand the test of time.
Much of their music was a heart-felt tribute to Ireland itself, with lyrics steeped in the stories of their generation and the Troubles plaguing the island nation. One of their most iconic hits ‘Zombie’ is in fact a gut-wrenching account of life and loss among the warring factions of Northern Ireland during the 1980s and 1990s.
It remains one of the band's most memorable songs.
And so it was, just last weekend that musicians and fans in Qatar banded together at the Sheraton Grand Doha’s The Backyard venue to pay tribute to O’Riordan’s memory and impact on the generation of musicians and music-lovers who grew up with The Cranberries gritty sound and O’Riordan’s piercing lyricism ringing in their ears.
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O’Riordan’s funeral mass was held in her hometown of Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland on January 23, 2018.
Were you in the audience at last week’s Backyard gig in tribute to The Cranberries? Tell us about what the moment was like in the comments below and don’t forget to like and share this article.
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