Rock News Report 16 Jan 18


Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died suddenly on Monday (January 15th) in a London hotel at the age of 46, according to the Associated Press. O'Riordan was in London for a short recording session and at press time the cause of her death was not immediately announced. O'Riordan, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, joined the Cranberries in 1990 after original vocalist Niall Quinn quit. The group signed with Island Records in 1992 and released its debut disc, Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? the following year. The LP reached Number One on the U.K. and Irish album charts, while climbing to Number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. The set spawned two hit singles in "Linger" and "Dreams." The band released its sophomore album, No Need To Argue, in 1994 and topped the Alternative chart with the track "Zombie," which became their biggest hit. 

The Cranberries released a total of seven studio albums, the last being 2017's Something Else, and scored an additional five Top 20 singles on Modern Rock radio, including "Ode to My Family," "Ridiculous Thoughts," "Salvation," "Free to Decide" and "Promises." The quartet has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, including over 10 million in the U.S.

O’Riordan released two solo albums, 2007’s Are You Listening? and 2009’s No Baggage. She also recently started a new band called D.A.R.K. that released its debut effort in 2016. 

O'Riordan had three children from her 20-year marriage to former Duran Duran tour manager Dan Burton, with whom she split in 2014.


Linkin ParkbassistDave “Phoenix” Farrellhas launched a new podcast called Member Guest. Farrell is co-hosting the program alongside professional golfer Brendan Steele and Farrell‘s long-time friend Mark Fiore. The podcast's website states, "We are experts at a few things, and amateurs at many. Cheers to the endless pursuit of Golf, Music and less important things."

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows is their first guest on the show's debut episode, which is streaming now.
Upcoming guests include Green Day drummer Tre Cool and pro golfers John Mallinger and Charley Hoffman.

Linkin Park has not officially announced whether the band intends to carry on without singer Chester Bennington, who took his own life on July 20th of last year. The band released a concert album in December, titled One More Light Live, which was recorded on their last tour with Bennington. Aside from Farrell, Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has stayed active online and recently released a photo of himself in the studio, although he did not reveal what he was recording.


Foo Fighters and Royal Blood are among the artists nominated for the 2018 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys. The Foos are up for Best International Group, along with the Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Haim. Meanwhile, Royal Blood will compete for Best British Group with The xx, Wolf Alice, Gorillaz and London Grammar. 

Foo Fighters have won International Group three previous times, in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

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