Below is a selection of letters Dolores wrote to her fans in the late 90s and early 2000s.
20th january 1999 (written by Dolores, Dec 1999)
Hello there all ye Cranberry heads!
I would just like to thank all you guys for your loyalty and support on our “Loud & Clear” tour. The American leg was quite good, but Europe blew me away. Just some amazing receptions. I was totally impressed. I loved Spain, Italy, France, etc.
Noel is a dad now and Ferg is expecting in the next month or so. They will busy for a while. We are going to rehearse and write the 5th album. We won’t record it until August and will do some festivals during the year. Our first is in April in Spain at Esparrago 2000 – So we are going to do ass kicking again – Oh I love Rock n’ Roll.
Hope to see you later this year and hope you had a great Millennium and Xmas!
Lot’s of love,
Hello all of you guys out there- Its me- Dolores. Yes- I had my little girl- shes so gorgeous. She has black hair and weighs 7lbs 4ozs. She’s about 9lbs now though. Well- life has been very kind to me lately. I appreciate everything so much more now. I dont usually write letters because it seems strange writing to somebody out there!! Yeah Man!!
Tomorrow my daughter will be five weeks old and Im feeding her myself (nursing) which means its difficult to go out because of milk issues! So yesterday- I went to London for the first time (took the milking machine of course!)- not very rock-starish behavior really- but who gives a shit once youre doing your own thing (being happy).
I met my very sweet hairdresser called Yiotis and he did my hair. It felt really exciting to get out of the house for a day. Although- I totally love these very special bonding months. One of the most beautiful times in life really. Youll see.
Noel went to London as hes having a second child in about three weeks time. Ferg went on holiday to Italy and Mike is in Limerick. We will get together in about three weeks coz the producer- Stephen Street- is coming over to hear the new stuff. The new stuff sounds very cool. Real music Id say. Doesnt all that manufactured stuff sound sooooo the same really??
Well thats all I can think of for now except Im totally looking forward to the next album and tour.
With lots of love to you all. Dolores x x
P.S. Write back
Its me Dolores. Thanks for all your lovely letters, well appreciated; these computers are dead handy really!
Anyways, here’s what I’ve been up to. Today is Paddy’s Day (March 17th) but there were no parades because of the “Foot and Mouth” disease scare. I hope we don’t get it in the Republic Of Ireland.
Instead of going out today, I had a dinner party last Thursday night. Mike and Ferg came, along with their wives. (Noel is still in England awaiting the birth of his second child.) Perhaps Ferg, Mike and I will jam this week so we won’t be so rusty when Noel returns. Anyhow, back to the dinner party: As I just had a baby 7 weeks ago, my tolerance to alcohol is very bad, so needless to say, I was slightly foggy on Friday (yesterday) and somehow I almost choked to death on a mushroom! Yes a garlic mushroom to be precise..you know how you have a slight false hunger when hung-over, well, I couldn’t wait for it to cool down, and when I bit into it I got a burn, so I swallowed it with fright. The stupid thing jammed in my throat for about two minutes (blazing hot to make it worse!). I thought “this is it!”; scenes from my life flashed before me (joke!) – no, but really, it was nasty. I am off mushrooms for a bit now – I’ll go for less slippery foods in future.
Please keep writing to us. I enjoy reading your letters, it’s really encouraging, and remember, life is short so enjoy it. Love yourself or you can’t love anyone else! Bye bye for now! Dolores x.
21.05.01 Hello again out there!
It’s me, Dolores. I’m on a plane on my way back from London. We spent two weeks there mixing the album. It’s gonna be called “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”, because that’s where I’m at in my life and all of the boys in the band relate to it. It sounds killer, really! There’s stuff on there that we could never have done years ago. I guess as you get more wrinkles and grey hair, you also become wiser, more assertive, and more positive!
Anyhow, enough CD talk. We had a super “end of studio” party on Thursday night. We went to a trendy restaurant and had some amazing food, and of course wine. (Sake actually!) There were a lot of sick heads going around the next day, needless to say!
I’m soooo looking forward to getting back to my babies. It’s soooo cool! Molly is getting bigger and more beautiful and Taylor really loves her. I’m such a lucky blessed person. I’m so thankful to God for what I have. On my eleven years of touring, I’ve seen so much deprivation and sadness. Life’s so short, it’s essential to put love and happiness first. I can’t function without love.
I have no whacky stories about mushrooms being launched down my esophagus this time. I’ve laid off them since that near to death experience!!
Lot’s of love and keep smiling!
“TO ALL CRANFANS ON THE PLANET!”
(A letter from Dolores, written Tuesday 12th November 2002)
Hi there, it’s me Dolores. I’m home for 8 days on a tour break and it’s so great to sleep in my own bed. It’s soooo nice when you wake up during the night to use the bathroom and you don’t walk into a wall or stub your toe; that’s what happens on tour usually (different rooms every time!) It’s also nice to take a leak in a non-mobile loo! Peeing on a tour bus requires great skill and balancing technique! No, seriously though, this is a well-needed break.
I must thank you all sooooo much for the great support at the gigs. Most of the gigs have been amazing. Sometimes it brings a tear to my eye (awww, shucks)!
I really loved Asia; Indonesia was so gorgeous and Hong Kong too! I really got a strong emotional feeling in Croatia. Beautiful! Bliss! Istanbul blew me away! At 5.00am the music from the Mosques, the chanting awoke me. It was so gorgeous, it sounded a little scary at moments and at other moments very reassuring. It was like something from another dimension. I’d love to go back there on vacation and go and visit the Mosques. I believe it would really be inspiring. As ever, France and Spain were amazing and Italy is next on the list. It’s really difficult to recall and remember every place that we were in, but I would just like to say THANK YOU!!!!
I think we’re gonna take a tour break after Christmas just to recharge. Keep in touch with us, and I will with you.
PS. Here’s some of my own pictures I recently got developed. They were taken on the day of the World Cup Final (Soccer) this year, in Las Vegas. Now, don’t they look like a real bunch of closet rock stars?”
DOLORES IS LOOKING FOR YOUR PHOTOS!! (27th November 2002)
“Hi, it’s me Dolores!
I just wanted to drop you a quick note. At the last few shows in Italy, I took pictures of you from the stage, with your cameras. Please send them to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will put them online for you to see. I think it’s a cool thing! I am dying to see them! UPDATED 29 November 2002: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTO!!!
Keep rockin, and see you soon in Strasbourg!
P.S..I am digging through my closet and finding some old boots, shoes and jackets and stuff from past videos and other events. We are going to have an online “Christmas Quiz” kind of thing, so you will get the chance to win the stuff right here at our very own website! Keep watcing this space!
THANKS FOR THE FOTO!(29th November 2002)
“It’s me again! (Dolores) As promised here are the pictures I took of the audiences in Rome, Treviso and Florence. Thanks to Marcello, Mara and Beppe (in Italy) for sending in the photos, and letting me use your cameras!
Talk to you all again soon!
LETTER FROM DOLORES – 11th MARCH 2003
“Hello all you heads out there on planet earth!
Hope you’re all keepin’ well! It’s been a while since I’ve written ‘cos I’ve been sooo busy. I just got back from Canada; I spent a week there, and the week before we were in London recording. The new material is really experimental which is a really important development phase for us. I hope you like it when it’s finished!
Anyhow, everybody in my house has a flu and a snotty nose, also everybody is farting a lot! Sorry if that’s too much information, but I hate colds and tummy bugs, but c’est la vie!
January and February were really relaxing months. I did the majority of the writing in these months. Actually, last week when I flew back to Dublin from London, Brian McFadden from boyband WESTLIFE sat next to me on the plane. He gave me a lift to the Westbury Hotel where I met my Mom and kids. I’m not a big boyband fan, but he is a really nice guy. So there’s a little bit of info for boyband fans – whatelse scandalous…-hmmmm…….oh yes! I bumped into Dido in Italy last year and she told me that I was a big inspiration to her which was really flattering and kind. So, I guess im finally getting “old” or “grandma of rock”, whatever!
Today is Tuesday and it’s a gorgeous spring day. I picked daffodils after the gym this morning. That was my “grounding” moment. I try to be “one with nature” sometimes!
Paddy’s Day is coming up next Monday. I guess there’ll be loadsa hangovers in Ireland. I’m gonna head to Dublin for the parade with the kids. I always dress them like little leprechauns on that day, ‘cos they’re too young to object! Plus also when they are teenagers, I will use the photos to blackmail them into behaving themselves!
Finally, my stepson who’s now 11and a half years old is really getting into the rock’n'roll thing. He likes Avril Lavigne a lot. She’s kinda cutesy.
Gotta go now!
Love and Peace. WAR SUCKS!
PS. Just look at this cool picture of her grandmother that Litsa Derekenary from Greece sent me! Thanks Litsa. Now that’s a rock’n'roll Granny! Or Cranmother!”
May, 2nd, 2003
Hey all of you out there on planet spring-time!
Dolores, here in the studio in Kilmallock. It’s sooo good to have the spring time!
We begin rehearsals on Monday next week and I’m really excited ‘cos I’m getting bored which is a good thing to do sometimes. There’s loads of inspiration in the air at the moment, a really positive feeling about the future; it’s bright!
Today I went picking daisies with my kids and made chains, something I haven’t done since I was a kid so I’m really chilled out.
I spoke to Noel at 10.30 last night, he’s in great form, his little girl is really great now. He’s really looking forward to getting back . The Stones dates should be a right laugh, especially the one with AC/DC in between.
I did an interview with an American radio station today and it felt weird after such a long break.
I had a bash at Ferg’s drum kit just a few minutes ago. It’s a great release playing drums, no wonder Ferg is always so mellow.
What else…my hair’s growing long, kinda hippy 70’s ish.
Well, gotta go now!
Be strong, eat loadsa garlic!
Lots of love,
MESSAGES FROM DOLORES' MYSPACE AND DOLORESORIORDAN.IE WEBSITE
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Welcome, welcome to my Myspace page.
I guess it's about that time again, some new music. Thanks for all your letters of support and particularily your patience over the last few years. I hope this record was worth waiting for. I devoted a lot of my time to it.
23rd MARCH 2007
(Letter from Dolores)
It's great to be online again after all these years!
Just want to welcome you to my website, and hope you find the information you are looking for!
It's been really busy lately, I suppose the last major thing was finishing off the video for 'Ordinary Day' which was shot last month in Prague. Hope you like it! (click here to see it). Right now I'm in London doing a bit of publicity for my forthcoming album 'Are You Listening?' ; also where last night we did a small showcase performance for invited guests in Covent Garden. Have a look around the website, you'll find bits here and there. Check out the TOUR section; as well as the live tour which starts on the 29th of May, you can also see what we will be up to over the coming days, weeks and months! Who knows, might see you somewhere soon!
Thanks for your very kind support! Keep coming back, we'll be adding stuff all the time!
24TH AUGUST - MESSAGE FROM DOLORES IN CHILE!
Hi! Dolores here!
Writing to you from the lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Chile!
It's ten past 7 in the morning, the day after the show in Santiago! The show last night was absolutely amazing, something I will always remember!
Flying to Brazil shortly, and I really look forward to seeing everyone at the shows there! South America so far has been an amazing experience for me, and I look forward to coming back after this tour and doing more shows here!
I'd like to thank Francisco, Clara and Darling and all at the fan club, thanks for your lovely letter! It's very inspiring and I hope I continue to inspire you!
11TH SEPTEMBER - MESSAGE FROM DOLORES IN CANADA
Hello! It's me again!
Back home in Canada after 3 weeks in South America and the Caribbean and wanted to say a few words..
Trinidad, mon! It was a phenomenal experience! Argentina absolutely blew my mind!! Santiago too was amazing! It was so different from what I may have perceived, and I encountered some of the most big hearted loving people, I'm very honoured that you guys are touched by my music!!
It's all about the journey, the ups and the downs and always staying positive and courageous! Always believe in yourself!! I'm really happy you guys are listening because I am listening to you!
Mexico City was excellent as usual, had many too many margaritas the night before the gig and was dying on stage. Glad you couldn't notice!
Finished off in Trinidad, and that was de icing on de cake mon!! Good vibrations mon!
Spread de love aroun'!!!!
05TH OCTOBER - SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
To all the fans,
Over the last seven years Alex has been approached by management, labels, friends, and finally myself on numerous occasions to release Doloresoriordan.com so I could start my own website with my own name. I have offered to purchase the name, I have offered to let him help design and run the site, but each time I have had the door closed on me. This has absolutely nothing to do with Zombieguide or the wonderful job he has done over the last nine years for the Cranberries, my solo project and all of the fans. It's sad that he has chosen to shut down the site but that is his decision. I wish him all the best in the future.
Lots of Love
PS: Stay tuned for a updated site soon!!
19TH NOVEMBER - APPOLOGY FROM DOLORES - REMAINDER OF EUROPEAN TOUR (Lille, Paris, Luxemburg, Warsaw and Prague) CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
Hello to all!
Just a note to say sorry for canceling the tour, I need to rest a while as I have been traveling and touring for the better part of a year. The Doc says rest and I'll get better. I will come back in the new year.
Love to you all and Happy Holidays!
Sorry once again.
August 09, 2008
As you can see, we've been doing a bit of work on the myspace! Official site is coming next, and there'll be many surprises that follow! ;)
21 new songs down- and just finished a couple of early mixes which are sounding brilliant!
I've also re-recorded new versions of a couple of my "Are You Listening?" tracks for a project that will be announced soon.
Between the studio and the bambinos, there's been lots to do!
Thanks again for all of your messages of love and support here on myspace. Watch for more changes coming soon.
September 17, 2008
Hello out there!
Just wanted to let you know that several tracks will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film (ironically titled) "Dakota"- set for release in early 2009.
The tracks are:
- And a new track called "Stupid". ;)
More info to come soon!
October 03, 2008
listening to mixes
Listening to the mixes for the new record.....
November 14, 2008
The record, the website, and more...
Hope you're all doing well out there!! Things are brilliant here. I've got some updates for ya on the new record, the website, etc. It's been pretty nuts on my end!! So much going on!
As for the album, we're all finished recording and mixing now, and headed into the mastering phase. I'm really happy with the way the album's turned out. Like always, I've written all of these songs from my heart. We also shot some video inside the recording studio while we were making the record, so you guys can share in some of those experiences with me. I'll be uploading that footage to my new site when it launches (along with a bunch of other stuff.) I'll be making an announcement soon with the official release date for the album, and the official date the website will launch!
So, about my new website!! I just took a look at the new progress today, and it's really fantastic what the team has been up to behind the scenes.
I think my favorite thing about my new site is that it's going to be a really interactive experience for you guys. Some of the features include my own social networking community that's built right in, where you can create a profile, upload your own photos and concert videos, post blogs, create groups, chat live with other fans in my new chat rooms or post in the forums, etc. I just created my own account this evening, and uploaded my first new photo! Haha.
The team and I will be posting updates and uploading new videos, pictures, and tour news on the main page of the site, but members of my community will have access to a lot of exclusive stuff that non-members won't have access to... and it's totally free to be a member. :)
So after the new site is launched, I really hope you'll all join up, create your own profiles, and then leave me some comments or send me a message to let me know what you think!
Anyway, that's all for now. 2009 is just around the corner now! Really looking forward to seeing you guys on tour and sharing this new music with ya. Thanks for hanging in there with me. ;)
* Posted by Dolores on July 3, 2009 at 9:30pm
The team rang me up this morning to ask about some buzz stirring about a free download of my song Stupid. I want to do something special for all of you with one of my tracks and I had been talking to my labels about the idea. All of the details were still being sorted out.
The "press release" that found its way out was not intended for the eyes of the public. I'm still hoping that details can be finalized and the team will let you know when there is more info to share with you guys.
I apologize for the mix up and really appreciate all the excitement surrounding the track! Stay safe and thanks for hangin in there with me.