This Saturday, The Cranberries find their way back to First Avenue after many years off the radar as a group. Frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan released a solid solo effort last month called No Baggage which was originally slated to be the focus of the tour until last minute.
Just before the band's gigs celebrating their 20th anniversary kicked off a few weeks ago, we had an extensive chat with O'Riordan, calling from her home she shares in Canada with her four kids and former manager Don Burton (who also tour-managed Duran Duran).
Check the interview than ran in print here and you'll find the Q&A that didn't fit into the paper after the jump.
And here are some of our favorite Cranberries songs.
Gimme Noise: Tell us about your typical day these days.
Dolores O'Riordan: It's quite busy. School starts at about 6 a.m. and we leave the house at 7, the first kid is in high school. He's dropped out at 30 past 8 and then we come back and pick up the girls and they start school at quarter to nine. When I come home I'll go for a walk or do yoga in the afternoon and by the time I done with that it's time to collect the kids, take them home, make dinner, make lunches, do homework, put them to bed and do laundry. And then by the time to bed, I come in and watch something on TV that makes me sleep that I don't have to follow, because when I go away on tour I don't watch TV for a while. When I'm at home I watch really simple stuff like Funniest Home Videos or Wife Swap or something to put me to sleep. When we're on tour we are at restaurants and living in hotels so when we're at home we just kind of want to be at home.
What are your top 3 albums of all time?
There's a lot of them that I love, but there are certain ones that really take me back. The Smiths album, Depeche Mode - Violator, and Soundtrack for the Mission film.
Do you like any current bands?
I like Snow Patrol, The Killers, and an irish band called The Scripts. There are so many lovely bands out there, but because of my position in life I don't really listen to a lot of stuff. But sometimes my kid, who just turned 11, will introduce me to new music. That's a great thing about having kids, they keep you current.
What do you think when people call you famous?
I was very young when I became famous, it was 20 years ago so I was just out of school, and I didn't have any other life experience. I'm not hugely famous - I can still walk down the street and have people not recognize me because I don't go out that much. When I do go out, I go hiking in the forest.
Tell us about recording this new album, No Baggage.
I actually did this one very spontaneously and very quickly. Sometimes music comes fast like that, it comes very fluidly and very quickly depending on what you're going through.
You sing on "Skeleton" that people are always looking forward and in the past, but never in the moment. Why do you think people are like that?
As humans, we tend to spend a lot of time walking around looking backwards -- it's difficult to be your best if you can't move on. A lot of eveolution is about accepting the past and accepting the up and downs and realizing that things happen to make you stronger and more aware. And that's life, it's all about ups and downs. A lot of things made me realize life is very fragile. People die of cancer. There are world-altering events like September 11. You realize that you cannot assume tomorrow is going to come. When you think about things like that, it makes you realize you could be gone tomorrow, so what the heck am I worrying about? It's just a realization and it came to me in the last couple years. I'm really glad it did because I've just been more relaxed.