Shirley Manson Reacts To Dolores O’Riordan’s ‘Frightening’ Death: ‘They’re Coming For Us’

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Garbage singer Shirley Manson discussed Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s death in a new Huffington Post interview.

Talk to me a bit about your thoughts on the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. I saw that when she died last month, you offered your condolences on your social media channels. Did you know her? Were you friends?

I didn’t know her, and I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but we were always like ships passing in the night: We were often on the same bills or at the same festival but on different nights. I know we shared a lot of our fans who loved both bands. When “Linger” was at the height of its popularity, we were making our first record, so I have very strong memories of her, and I loved her voice. I think what hit me the most when I heard the news about her passing was that it really shook me because I thought, Oh, they’re coming for my generation now. This is it. When Bowie died, I was really shaken by that too, because he was the first male rock star that I fell in love with or that I was ever really obsessed with and who had a big influence on my music and my style. So it was a big loss for me when he left, and I remember when he died I thought, Our generation is next. But when Dolores died, I thought, I was right. Here we go. It’s frightening, you know?

So it has you thinking about your own mortality?

Of course! Of course it does! I’m like, I can’t believe I’ve come to this point so quickly. One minute you’re young and you’re the hot new thing and everybody is talking about you, and then all of sudden our generation is dying off. Holy fuck!

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  • Corndog

    “they’re coming for my generation now”

    Who’s they? What is she talking about? Almost makes it sound like some crazy conspiracy theory.

    It’s definitely not zombies, because i’m pretty sure it was Barbara that they were coming for.

    • Kay B

      I think she was being very general here. Not just drugs but look how the Grammy’s and today’s music has nothing to do with rock/alternative music. You can’t put on MTV late at night and expect any sort of rock video. Rock seems to be weeded out of any kind of media life. That is how I took it anyhow.

      • Jennifer

        No, she specifically said people in her generation are starting to die now. It’s not as bad as she thinks it is, but she will start to notice 5 or 10 big names who are around her age will die in the next 10 years.

        Actually I didn’t realize she’s over 50, she was talking like she’s 36 or something. It will be more like 50 to 100 famous people her age.

        • Kay B

          Then you don’t know that much about her. She gets her haircut the same place I do. We share the same hair dresser. Shirley often talks about the kill of rock music.

      • Corndog

        It does seem to be an all time low. I know hardly anyone who has any interest in rock music. The people I work with say it’s just weird noise, while happily listening to shite like Taylor Swift.

        • Kay B

          Ack that’s awful. I’m sorry.

    • Olga Stewart

      Well the zombies wouldn’t come to where I live

      I live in a redneck town. And quite a few of the people aren’t that bright.

      So those poor zombies would be starved.

      • Corndog

        I know what you mean. They wouldn’t find much by way of brains in Northern Ireland either:)

        • Olga Stewart

          Yikes!

      • Kay B

        Are there a lot of rednecks in Canada?

        • Olga Stewart

          In the prairie provinces mostly

          • makingconnections

            No Olga…everywhere…I’ve lived on each coast and they’re everywhere. That’s O.K., though, because lots of them are good rednecks…just weren’t able to educate themselves for whatever reason and then bought into the rough and tough thing. I’ve watched it with teen-aged kids…if their parents can’t afford to buy them some good clothes or have them take a dance class or whatever, they sometimes start going rogue and hanging out with tough kids, because they want to belong somewhere. Poverty has so much to do with it. Just call me the bleeding-heart of the evening!

          • makingconnections

            Many British Columbians think Albertans generally are a unique brand of Canadians….heck we’re nearly at war at this time over oil pipelines!! They think we are La-la-land People(which we are except for The Rednecks!) We’re not like that though are we Olga?! We defy categorization!

        • makingconnections

          Is the Pope Catholic?

          • Kay B

            I guess I am naive about the subject. Redneck to me is a smelly, hairy, southern drawl, cowboy hat, straw in mouth, lack of IQ, porch sitting, no real job, confederate flag on lunchbox, cigarette hanging from dried lip, overalls, no clean underwear, spitting chew, throwing snot rockets, shooting at glass bottles, mud under finger nails, missing yellow teeth, long straggle beard with old food in it dog rapers.

          • makingconnections

            Ha,Ha, you have got a fine vocabulary girl! No, I think Olga’s speaking of mild rednecks…heck, I think my husband is one….grew up on a ranch, doesn’t think kids need swimming lessons cause he learned to swim well enough in the river…can’t walk up the dock and refuse a drink because that would be bloody rude! You might need to save each other at sea someday. He got ticked off when I got him a ticket to a music festival one year…”When have you ever seen me enjoy music?” We are very different, he’s my beautiful redneck!
            You’re speaking of hillbillies…and you have some fine ones in the US…I think you outdo us in that way

          • Olga Stewart

            Heh!

        • Olga Stewart

          What you see below is exactly what some of these people around both wear and engage in: https://i.redd.it/ql9b4k9vr4dy.png

          • Kay B

            D+ Hahahahaha

          • Olga Stewart

            Though in the town that I live, you can also add quadding to the above list.

          • Trovoid

            Too true. This applies to much of the Northeastern U.S. as well. People think all New Yorkers are like the people in NYC. The reality is that they’re much more like this. Sometimes I wonder if us Northerners have more white trash than some southern states.

        • Trovoid

          Yes and in New York. A lot of people think that most people here are very liberal minded like most of NYC but there are rednecks and white trash EVERYWHERE.

  • Gary Reilly

    First time in a while I can see the actual name of the subject of the article, rather than “legendary female singer comments on other legendary female singer’s death”. Long may it continue.

  • The life on stage of Dolores O’Riordan left with her only the young age (« little old age »), unfortunately she cannot know the old age…

    La vie de scène de Dolores O’Riordan ne lui a laissée que le jeune âge
    (« little old âge »)… le vieil âge, malheureusement elle ne pourra pas le connaître…

  • makingconnections

    This makes me think of an article I listened to recently regarding alcohol and women. Men can handle it much better than us women, so it would seem to me as though the life of women in the world of rock music, the traveling, the partying, whatever, the women are much more vulnerable. The science says that even one drink a day can make a women more likely to have problems with breast cancer and liver disease. Men can have a couple of drinks happily! I believe that women are more easily addicted as well….so … we have to take care of ourselves, especially the female performers!

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