Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Revealed How She Avoided Kurt Cobain’s Fate In Eerie Interview


Late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan discussed Kurt Cobain in a 2013 Irish Independent interview.

“I am very happy now. I have accomplished a lot in my life. It is a bit of a dodgy career. Look at all the young people like Kurt Cobain,” Dolores says — her manager Danny Goldberg, who is in Rome with her, used to manage Cobain’s band Nirvana. “So if you make it through and live to tell the tale and you have kids and a happy family, that is an accomplishment. It is so easy to slip into that life in this business. You always have to be careful and watch your boundaries.”

I ask Dolores what are her boundaries.

“I cannot have sleeping tablets around, because if I have a few drinks I’ll take them. On tour, it was just so easy to say: ‘I can’t sleep, I’ve had a couple of drinks, maybe I’ll take one.’ Then you take another. Then you don’t wake up. That can happen. I am careful now. I am giving the tour a break. It can be really exhausting. One morning you are in Italy doing a TV show, the next morning you are in Los Angeles and the next morning you are in New York, and the next day you are back in Europe. The demands are crazy. I am only human.”