Six weeks after the passing of frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, the surviving members of The Cranberries on Wednesday announced plans to continue work on their new album, their final new release, to feature O’Riordan. In a statement posted to the band’s website, they wrote of their forthcoming album:
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.
Bassist Mike Hogan, guitarist Noel Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler also revealed that they are going ahead with plans to release the 25th anniversary edition of their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, explaining:
We can confirm that 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 re mastered 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. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year.
O’Riordan was recently featured on Paste’s list of the 25 best frontwomen of all time. Read Paste’s obituary for O’Riordan here.
Watch a Paste Cloud performance of The Cranberries’ classic 1994 track “Zombie” below, recorded at the 1999 Woodstock Festival.