The Cranberries confirm release of anniversary album following death of Dolores O'Riordan
"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."
Members of The Cranberries have decided to go ahead with the intended anniversary album that was put on hold following the death of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in January.
The band had originally planned to release the album this month, marking the 25th anniversary of their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
The album, released on 1 March 1993 was a worldwide success, propelling the band to overnight international fame.
The project was put on hold following the death of O'Riordan earlier this year. The Limerick-native was found in a London hotel on 15 January. She was just 46-years old.
A full inquest into the musician's death is set for 3 April, although authorities are not treating her death as suspicious.
Last month, O'Riordan's publicist released a statement which revealed that the band were working on a follow-up to 2017's Something Else.
The band confirmed on Thursday that the album on which they were working is still set for release, despite the tragic circumstances, announcing that "after much consideration we have decided to finish what we started."
They took to Facebook to share the news.
The post says: "This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of our debut album “Everybody Else is doing it so why can’t we”. In recent weeks we have had a number of media enquiries asking if we were planning anything to commemorate this milestone.
"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.
“So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year.”
They added, “All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year.”