Remembering Dolores O’Riordan
On July 5, 1993 I went to the Fern Park Station in Casselberry, FL to see power-pop legends The Posies.
Upon arriving, I headed to the bar to get a drink and there stood a beautiful young woman with close-cropped hair. It was Dolores O’Riordan.
The Cranberries’ debut album had just been released and they were playing small clubs in America to support it. On this night, they were The Posies’ unannounced support act. I was STOKED.
Before they played I realized that I only brought a couple rolls of film, so I had to make a run to buy more to shoot The Cranberries. They played a quick set of songs from their Everybody Else is Doing It album and Uncertain ep.
They closed with the then-unreleased “Zombie” – a stark contrast to their jangly, ethereal set. “Zombie” was heavier, more angst-ridden and almost metal sounding.
After the Posies played, I ended up hanging out with the band. We toasted with a few shots and pints while chatting about music. Dolores dug my Pogues t-shirt.
She was so gracious and sweet – shy and reflective, but also quite effusive and funny.
They said they were playing in Jacksonville Beach the following night and put me on their guest list. I drove up early and hung out with them for sound check and talked them in to letting me snap a few portraits on the beach behind the club.
Before I left Orlando, I stopped off at a friend’s jewelry store and bought Dolores a pair of earrings shaped like the state of Florida, to bring as a present for her. She was so gracious and sweet – shy and reflective, but also quite effusive and funny. She had purchased the Metallica / Guns N Roses tour shirt at the little record store inside the club before we did the walk on the beach and laughed about covering “Master of Puppets” or “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
They were all so down to Earth and funny. It was a great experience to get to know them, before they got “big & famous”. Dolores stayed in touch and when they played Orlando again in November 1993 (after the album became a hit), she made sure I had a photo pass and ticket to see them play at the downtown concert venue The Edge and then in August of 1994 she invited me to see and photograph them at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. After the Atlanta show, I lost touch with her.
Minutes ago i read that she has passed away today at the young age of 46. I am so sad. She was a sweetheart and a massive talent. Rest in Peace, Dolores ♡