Thursday 22 March 2018

Dave Fanning to host tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan with rare archive footage of The Cranberries star

Dolores O'Riordan on The Late Late Show
Dolores O'Riordan on The Late Late Show
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

A special tribute will be paid to the late Dolores O'Riordan in a new RTE documentary using rare archive footage.

It will be fronted by Dave Fanning, who has compiled a number of interviews that he did with the musician at the height of her fame with the Cranberries.

Fanning revealed that the Limerick-born singer, who was found dead in her London hotel room on January 15, does not hold back during the interviews to be aired.


Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan

She talks about the pressures of fame and being in the spotlight and about her desire to take a step back from things.

"She was very opinionated and had loads of things to say," Fanning said,

"The definitive Cranberries documentary has not been made yet, and this isn't it.

"This is more of a personal thing, having interviewed her a bunch of times in the past.

The Cranberries
The Cranberries

"Most of the footage is from the 1990s when they were in the middle of their heyday of 1995 and what happened to them then.

"It starts off in 1999 and then goes all the way back to the beginning in 1991.

"It's Dolores talking to me about various things like fame, success, love and all the rest of it - a glimpse into the kind of life that she was leading."

The 2fm weekend presenter believes the mother-of-three will be best remembered for her unique voice and her determination not to get sucked into the trappings of fame.

"She was resolutely un-rock 'n' roll and stayed that way," said Fanning.

"She always said she'd rather talk to the guy in the bar in Limerick about his cow's mastitis than hang around celebrity places. Her best friend was her mum.

"There was something about the Cranberries that absolutely spoke to you. They were just of that age, and you forget just how big they were, especially in America.

"Their first two albums alone sold 22 million copies, and this was at a time when the whole grunge scene was huge.

"There were about three years during the 1990s when they absolutely ruled the music scene."

The documentary will air on RTE One next Monday at 10.35pm.


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