DOLORES

Full Name: Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan Burton

In the Band: Vocals, Lyrics, Electric & Acoustic guitars, Keyboards, Whistle, Mandolin

Birthday: 6th September, 1971

Place of Birth: Ballybricken, Ireland (8 miles outside Limerick-the third most important city after Dublin and Cork)

Parents: Terence O’Riordan-Eileen Greensmith

Marital Status: Married to Don Burton (former Duran Duran tour manager), 18th of July-1994

Siblings: 1 sister and 5 brothers-she’s the youngest

Children: a son called Taylor Baxter Burton (23rd  November 1997) and Molly (27th January 2001)

Hobbies: Shopping, cooking, fishing, movies

Music: REM, The Sundays, The Smiths, Sinead O’Connor, Duran Duran, Celtic, African

Musical Background: Church choir, local pubs, plays the piano since she was 5 years old

Childhood:

-Dolores was not the typical girl...instead of playing with dolls, she takes the dolls, cuts their heads and then buries them in the backyard!  

-In order to cut her hair short when she was a little girl, Dolores was rubbing chewing gum in it!

-The headmistress at Dolores’ school used to pull her earrings from her right ear and throw them down

Education: College

Distinctive Characteristics:

-The change of her hairdos: brunette with long hair, shaved head, platinum blonde short hair, hair extensions, red hair, black short hair, blonde long hair...Dolores has left several press conferences when the question about her looks is raised...the natural color of her hair is brown

-She speaks of herself in the third person

Piercings/Tattoos: ten earrings on her right ear and a few on the other, she has a belly piercing, a tattoo with the name of her husband Don on her left shoulder  

Facts:

-She loves watching THE SIMPSONS

-She like tea and garlic

-Her favorite subject at school was history

-She loves the poetry of William Butler Yeats (she has written a song called “Yeats’ Grave”, which appears in “No Need To Argue” album)

-She hates two of the early Cranberries songs, “Chrome Paint” and “A Fast One”

-She wrote the song “War Child” in 10 minutes!

-She loves the song “Hollywood”

-She likes performing on stage barefoot

-Dolores’ mum loves the song “Ode To My Family”

-Dolores’ wedding dress is on display in and Irish museum

-Before joining the band she used to work in a shop

-Brendan O’Riordan, Dolores’ brother, made the backing vocals of the song “Uncertain”

-Her ex-boyfriend Mike O’Mahony made backing vocals on “Dreams”

-Dolores wants her daughter Molly to appreciate the female voices like Sinead O' Connor's, Chrissie Hynde's (from The Pretenders) or  Skin's (from Skunk Anansie) than  Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera who represent the commercialization of music

-She is the richest woman in Ireland

-She thinks "Zombie" as an hymn

-She hates the video for "Analyse"

-When she once met singer Dido, Dido told Dolores she inspired her a lot!

-Dolores has recorded some solo songs like:

a)“Soon Is Never Soon Enough” (1992), Dolores does backing vocals in this Moose song as a "thank you" for allowing the Cranberries to open for Moose's UK tour in 1992. It's from Moose's album "XYZ" (Info taken from http://www.zombieguide.com

b)“Carousel” (1993), where she does backing vocals in this Touch Of Oliver’s band song (a band which belongs to Cranberries’ first record label Xeric)

c)“The Sun Does Rise” (1994), Dolores lent her vocals in this song from Jah Wobble’s album “Becoming More Like A god”

d)“Ave Maria” (with Luciano Pavarotti), “Linger” (with Duran Duran’s lead singer Simon LeBon) (1996), from the Pavarotti and Friends charity concert in Modena, Italy

e)“God Be With You” (1997), from “The Devil’s Own” soundtrack

First Song: “Calling”-at the age of 12, about a crush she had

First Song with the Band: “Linger”

Joined the Band: In 1989

Resides: cottage-Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, mansion-Dingle, Ireland

Quote: “We are a unit, we are a band; we are The Cranberries!”

 

 

NOEL

Full Name: Noel Anthony Hogan

In the Band: Electric & Acoustic guitars, Mandolin, Backing vocals

Birthday: 25th December, 1971

Place of Birth: Moycross, Ireland (near Limerick)

Parents:  Noel Snr and Ann Hogan

Marital Status: Married to Catherine Nash, 8th July-1996

Siblings: Mike

Children: a daughter called Rachel (December 1999)

Facts:

-He and Mike were into the fashionable breakdancing that bloomed during the 80’s

-Before creating the band he used to be a telephonist

Hobbies: movies, fishing (especially with Dolores), he owns a restaurant in Limerick called “Portlys”, in which Dolores is sometimes invited as a chef!

Music: The Smiths, The Sundays, REM, The Beatles-Great influence by Johnny Marr from The Smiths

Musical Background: Selftaught

Distinctive Characteristics: The most silent of the band, loves Gibson guitars, he has a Saint-Bernard dog

Resides: In Ireland with his wife Catherine

Quote: “Hello...I’m Noel!”

 

 

MIKE

Full Name: Michael Gerard Hogan

In the Band: Bass (acoustic and electric)

Birthday: 29th April, 1973

Place of Birth: Moycross, Ireland  

Parents: Noel Snr and Ann Hogan

Marital Status: Married to Siobhan O’Connor on 6th July 1998

Siblings: Noel

Children: a son called Jamie Patrick Hogan (8th October 2001)

Hobbies: pubs, Guinness book lover, ski, running

Music: The Smiths

Musical Background: Selftaught

Distinctive Characteristics: his obsession with Guinness, the joker of the band

Education: Studied Electronics at YTS

Quote: "When people say, 'You guys are fucking great,' there's the ching ching in their eyes, which means, 'You guys are going to earn me a lot of money.'"

 

 

FERGAL

Full Name: Fergal Patrick Lawler

In the Band: Drums, percussion

Birthday: 4th March, 1971

Place of Birth: Parteen, Ireland

Parents: Myles and Audrey Lawler

Marital Status: Married to Laurie Guerin on 16th April-1997

Siblings: 2 sisters

Children: A son called Jacob (March 2000)

Hobbies: motorcycles, hiking, biking, camping, buying CD’s wherever he goes, he writes at the Official website of the band (www.cranberries.ie)  

Facts:

-Before joining the band, he used to be a hairdresser

-He loves the song “I Will Always” from “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” album

-He loves the song “Daffodil Lament” from “No Need To Argue” album

-He loves the song “Bosnia” from “To The Faithful Departed” album

-He loves the song “Dying In The Sun” from “Bury The Hatchet” album

-He enjoys very much playing live “Ridiculous Thoughts” and “When You’re Gone”

-He does backing vocals sometimes in several shows

Music: The Smiths

Musical Background: Selftaught

Distinctive Characteristics: friendly, outgoing, energetic

Education: College

Quote: “Ridiculous Thoughts is pretty good live!”

 

Junior

 

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