The pixie-ish singer broke the news just days after the Limerick-based band played a sellout gig at Dublin’s Point Depot. And, while it may leave a sour taste in the mouths of her fans, Dolores says she needs to switch gears.
“I need a different project completely,” she said. “I’m going to mess around now after the Greatest Hits. I’m not going to do another Cranberries album.”
The band broke onto the international scene in the early 1990s, with hits like “Linger” and “Zombie,” but they haven’t had much success in recent years. Their last album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” barely charted in the U.S. On the up side, Dolores’s $40 million fortune cements her place as one of Ireland’s wealthiest women.
The singer says that she plans to move abroad for a while to broaden her horizons.
“I’d like to do more work in the studio or places like Turkey or Africa,” she said. “I’d record some different ethnic things and bring it back for inspiration.”
But fear not, Cranberries fans: Dolores might be leaving, but she didn’t actually come out and say it’s forever. In fact, she seemed to leave the door open for a possible reunion.
“The boys [in the band] need some freedom for a while,” she said. That sounds hopeful, doesn’t it?