The co-founder of the Irish band The Cranberries, and he who co-wrote many of the band songs with late Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan took us back to his decade-long friendship with Dolores.
The 46-year old singer spoke about the singer's life and legacy via e-mail to Rolling Stone.
My earliest memory of Dolores singing is the first day I met her [in 1990]. We used to rehearse in a local studio in Limerick called Xeric. Dolores came in to hear us play and we got to hear her sing. She had a small keyboard that she set up and sang a few songs she had written. We were all blown away that this small girl from Limerick had such an amazing voice. The fact that she wasn't already in a band was a miracle.
In my opinion, what made Dolores connect with people was her honesty. What you saw was what you got. In the early days, the band was very shy; especially Dolores. She sang with her back to the audience but sang songs that people could relate to. There was no big act. I don’t think people were used to this, and it seemed to resonate with them.
I’m not sure at what point Dolores accepted fame, or if she ever did. We would get a great kick out of it all, as if it were someone else that people were coming to see or talk about. Dolores was a very private person under it all. It was like she went to work and became Dolores the public version, then went home and lived her life away from all that.
Late Dolores O'Riordan bandmate, Noel Hogan talks about Dolores life and legacy
Source: Cranberries World
The band had planned to tour last year but later canceled it due to Dolores health problems. Dolores was found dead in a London hotel room and police are yet to establish the cause of the musician's death.
My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone,
My heart is broken and it is beyond repair.
Dolores's partner Ole Koretsky said in a statement.