Following the tragic and sudden loss of Dolores O’ Riordan in January, the band plan to honour the late singer with the release of tracks later this year. The tracks were songs Dolores had been working on and had recorded with guitarist Noel Hogan.
In a a statement from the remaining members of The Cranberries they said,
‘Since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly remastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album.
We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold. In recent weeks we revisited this. After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started.’
As well as the 25th anniversary edition the band announced a new studio album that Dolores had already recorded the vocals for,
‘We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year. We will keep you all up to date as things progress.’
O’Riordan was having a productive year up until her passing. She was due to record vocals for a cover version of their most famous song Zombie by Bad Wolves. She was found dead in her London hotel room on the morning the studio session had been booked.