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    THE sudden death of Dolores THE sudden death of Dolores ORiordan, the 46-year-old lead ORiordan, the 46-year-old lead singer of the popular Irish rock singer of the popular Irish rock band The Cranberries, shocked band The Cranberries, shocked the press and public Monday.the press and public Monday.

    The band, especially the lead The band, especially the lead singers voice and singing style, singers voice and singing style, has infl uenced many Chinese has infl uenced many Chinese musicians. One is Chinese musicians. One is Chinese pop icon Faye Wong, whose pop icon Faye Wong, whose covering of The Cranberries covering of The Cranberries song Dreams helped people song Dreams helped people see her as a pioneering singer see her as a pioneering singer when her career started in Hong when her career started in Hong Kong in 1994. Her imitation of Kong in 1994. Her imitation of ORiordans silky voice, feverish ORiordans silky voice, feverish high pitch and willowy whisper, high pitch and willowy whisper, as well as a cropped haircut, as well as a cropped haircut, enabled her to blow into the enabled her to blow into the Chinese pop music industry like Chinese pop music industry like a fresh breeze. The recording a fresh breeze. The recording immediately distinguished Wong immediately distinguished Wong from other female singers.from other female singers.

    Other Chinese musicians who Other Chinese musicians who were inspired by the band and were inspired by the band and the lead singer include Beijing-the lead singer include Beijing-based singer-songwriter Li based singer-songwriter Li Yuchun, who covered the bands Yuchun, who covered the bands hit song Zombie at her 2005 hit song Zombie at her 2005 talent show.talent show.

    Founded in 1989 by brothers Founded in 1989 by brothers Mike and Noel Hogan, the band Mike and Noel Hogan, the band changed their name from The changed their name from The

    Cranberries Saw Us to The Cranberries Saw Us to The Cranberries after vocal-Cranberries after vocal-

    ist ORiordan joined. ist ORiordan joined. They soon became They soon became

    one of the most popular one of the most popular Irish acts in the United Irish acts in the United

    States with their States with their

    debut album, Everybody Else debut album, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Cant We?, is Doing It, So Why Cant We?, which sold more than 5 million which sold more than 5 million copies in the United States alone.copies in the United States alone.

    ORiordan, who was born and ORiordan, who was born and grew up in Limerick, Ireland, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, began to collaborate with other began to collaborate with other musicians, launching a solo musicians, launching a solo album in 2007. Noel Hogan album in 2007. Noel Hogan started a new band and turned to started a new band and turned to producing. The other two mem-producing. The other two mem-bers also continued their careers bers also continued their careers as musicians and producers by as musicians and producers by working with other bands.working with other bands.

    The members didnt set a The members didnt set a timeline for a reunion until timeline for a reunion until 2009, when ORiordan called 2009, when ORiordan called Mike and Noel Hogan about Mike and Noel Hogan about doing a casual performance with doing a casual performance with her. They found it felt good to her. They found it felt good to play the old songs again.play the old songs again.

    SShortly after their reunion, hortly after their reunion, the bthe band gave two and gave two concerts in Shanghai concerts in Shanghai and Beijing in July 2011 and Beijing in July 2011 as part of their Asian tour that as part of their Asian tour that year, their fi rst on the year, their fi rst on the Chinese main-Chinese main-land. The land. The band band

    per-per-formed formed

    unforgettable unforgettable tunes, including Ode tunes, including Ode

    to My Family, Dreams, to My Family, Dreams, Zombie and Linger, as Zombie and Linger, as

    well as four tracks from their well as four tracks from their then-upcoming album, Roses, then-upcoming album, Roses, released in 2012.released in 2012.

    We are really excited about We are really excited about going to China, said guitarist going to China, said guitarist Noel Hogan in an interview with Noel Hogan in an interview with China Daily before the band left China Daily before the band left for China in 2011.for China in 2011.

    Everything goes right for Everything goes right for The Cranberries, the timing, the The Cranberries, the timing, the people and the music, he said of people and the music, he said of the bands reunion.the bands reunion.

    In 2017, The Cranberries had In 2017, The Cranberries had to cancel their China tour due to cancel their China tour due

    to a back problem ORiordan to a back problem ORiordan had. The band apologized to had. The band apologized to fans and wrote they were disap-fans and wrote they were disap-pointed in the turn of events.pointed in the turn of events.

    Thanks for the many good Thanks for the many good wishes to Dolores posted on our wishes to Dolores posted on our social pages since the announce-social pages since the announce-ment of the cancellation of all ment of the cancellation of all our summer shows up to mid-our summer shows up to mid-August due to her ongoing back August due to her ongoing back problems, the band wrote on problems, the band wrote on their Sina Weibo account June their Sina Weibo account June 19.19.

    The band opened their Sina The band opened their Sina Weibo account, which has nearly Weibo account, which has nearly 90,000 followers, before they 90,000 followers, before they came to China in 2011.came to China in 2011.

    I visited Dolores in Limerick, I visited Dolores in Limerick, who was recovering from back who was recovering from back problems. Along with Dolores problems. Along with Dolores and Noel, the guitarist of the and Noel, the guitarist of the band, we talked a lot about band, we talked a lot about the past and future. Dolores is the past and future. Dolores is almost recovered and she hoped almost recovered and she hoped to return to China in Novem-to return to China in Novem-ber. She loves China, wrote ber. She loves China, wrote renowned Chinese singer-song-renowned Chinese singer-song-writer Gao Xiaosong on Sept. 3, writer Gao Xiaosong on Sept. 3, on his Sina Weibo account with on his Sina Weibo account with

    more than 40 million followers.more than 40 million followers.After hearing the death of After hearing the death of

    ORiordan, he wrote it was ORiordan, he wrote it was shocking and sad to hear the shocking and sad to hear the news about the passing of Dolo-news about the passing of Dolo-res ORiordan. I cannot believe res ORiordan. I cannot believe our meeting last year was the our meeting last year was the last goodbye. I miss her singing, last goodbye. I miss her singing, which is so unforgettable and which is so unforgettable and unique.unique.

    He also notes that he once He also notes that he once used the singers hit song, used the singers hit song, Zombie, to open his online Zombie, to open his online talk show, Xiao Shuo, to pay talk show, Xiao Shuo, to pay tribute to the legendary singer.tribute to the legendary singer.

    Other Chinese fans shared Other Chinese fans shared their memories and favorite their memories and favorite Cranberries lyrics online.Cranberries lyrics online.

    Rest in peace, Dolores. You Rest in peace, Dolores. You will be missed, wrote a Chinese will be missed, wrote a Chinese netizen.netizen.

    I bought all the CDs of The I bought all the CDs of The Cranberries when I was in Cranberries when I was in university and now I listened to university and now I listened to Zombie on repeat. What a voice Zombie on repeat. What a voice and what a big loss to the music and what a big loss to the music world, wrote another.world, wrote another. (China Daily)(China Daily)

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