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’s publicist said in a statement, "Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
According to Variety, Metropolitan Police in London confirmed that "a woman in her mid-40s was pronounced dead at the scene," adding, "At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained."
- 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.
- O'Riordan told us a while back that the group's success through the '90s was due in part to its ability to ignore changing trends in rock: "Never did give thought to what was out there and never will because my writing comes from inside my heart and I think my voice is quite unique. I have confidence in what God gave me in my gift, you know what I mean? You gotta be grateful and say, 'Look, this is great,' you know? Life's too short to worry about what might be and what's going on out there. I don't feel any pressure, you know, I don't get like, 'Ooh, I have to sound like that,' or 'Ooh, I have to wear that dress.'"
- 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. That same year she was arrested for an air rage incident on an Aer Lingus flight, in which a flight attendant was injured. She later apologized to the attendant and was ordered by a judge to donate the Euro equivalent of $7,300 to charity.
AUDIO: CRANBERRIES' DELORES O'RIORDAN ON NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO MUSICAL TRENDS
AUDIO: DOLORES OF THE CRANBERRIES ON REUNITING FOR THE FIRST TIME
It was 38 years ago today (January 16th, 1980) that Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, Japan for bringing 7.7 ounces of marijuana into the country. Fans were stunned at McCartney's action seeing as how he had lobbied so hard to be granted a work visa to perform in Japan after Wings was turned away in 1975 due to his previous drug busts. McCartney made no effort to conceal the large plastic bag of pot; instead he simply placed it among his clothes in his suitcase.
Wings' 11 concerts -- which were to be the second leg of a proposed world tour -- were quickly canceled. McCartney, who was facing a seven-year prison sentence, was known in the detention center as "Prisoner Number 22" and spent his time in his eight-by-four cell exercising and reading science fiction books brought to him by wife Linda McCartney. Rather than accept special treatment, McCartney opted to bathe with the fellow prisoners during his nine-day stay behind bars.
George Harrison was the only former Beatle to formally reach out to the McCartney's during the ordeal, sending an international telegram to the Hotel Okura for Paul and Linda stating: "Thinking of you all with love. Keep your spirits high. Nice to have you back home again soon. God bless. Love, George and Olivia."
According to several legends John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a crucial role in the McCartney bust and release. According to one scenario, while heading West through New York City, McCartney called Lennon to share some of this "dynamite weed" he'd scored. Lennon blew McCartney off, but infuriated that the McCartney's would be staying in the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Okura -- where the Lennon's stayed each summer -- thus ruining their "hotel karma," he complained to Yoko. According to several Lennon insiders, Yoko used her influence to tip off the customs department to the contents of McCartney's suitcase. Others believe that it was Yoko who pulled strings in getting McCartney off the hook and deported -- rather than jailed for the full seven-year term he faced for trafficking. McCartney was released from jail and immediately deported on January 25th, 1980.
- Legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen was with John Lennon and Paul McCartney in December 1975 when during a break in their "Wings Over The World" tour, the McCartney's visited the Lennon's at the Dakota. Gruen recalled McCartney being upset over the cancellation of his recently scheduled Japanese dates after being denied a work visa due to previous pot charges: "Paul was saying how much he was really looking to going back, and that's why I was really surprised when he did get permission to go back that he went back with bag of pot -- right on top the suitcase, of good Hawaiian pot (laughs)! You just can't. . . He was on his way from Hawaii. I can understand why he had it (laughs). I remember asking John one time, actually, like, 'How could he do that?' -- and John just said, 'Well, as a Beatle he just never expected that anybody would ever open his bag. It just never happened.'"
- McCartney's 1980 Japanese pot bust wasn't his last run-in with the law. In 1984, McCartney was busted for possession inside his Barbados resort villa after buying pot on the beach. It was McCartney's fourth pot-related arrest, having been arrested twice for possession in 1972: once after being mailed pot while tour in Sweden, and again later that year for growing the illegal weed on his Scottish farm. At the time McCartney told authorities that he had been given seeds by fans and was unaware that they would "come up illegal."
- McCartney has had only one pot run-in in America. In 1975, while driving in Los Angeles, the McCartney's were busted for possession of pot after blowing through a red light, with the car -- allegedly -- almost completely smoke-filled. Linda, who was a U.S. citizen, told police that the pot was hers, and was arrested and later fined.
- After the 1980 bust in Japan, McCartney canceled all the group's scheduled dates and in May released McCartney II, his first solo album in a decade.
- Wings recorded sporadically in 1980, putting finishing touches on a still-unreleased album of outtakes titled Cold Cuts, as well as holding two sets of rehearsals in July and October for an album which was to be produced by the Beatles' producer George Martin. To the group's dismay, when McCartney and Martin began the sessions that fall for the Tug Of War album, McCartney was recording as a solo act.
- Wings were officially disbanded following co-founder Denny Laine's departure in April 1981. McCartney returned to Japan on his own in 1990, 1993, 2002, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
AUDIO: CHRISTOPHER SANFORD ON PAUL MCCARTNEY QUITTING THE ROAD IN 1980
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY SAYS HIS JAPANESE POT BUST MAY HAVE BEEN HIS WAY OF GETTING OUT OF WINGS
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY LOOKS BACK ON HIS MARIJUANA ARREST IN JAPAN IN 1980
AUDIO: BOB GRUEN ON PAUL MCCARTNEY POT BUST
With a Def Leppard / Journey summer tour heavily rumored to be announced sometime this week -- there's no doubt about the strength of Def Leppard's fan base. Despite that, 2018 marks the 14th year that the Sheffield, England legends have been passed by for induction for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blabbermouth quoted some of drummer Rick Allen's thoughts on the situation from his recent chat with DJ Eddie Trunk.
Allen explained that he remains unfazed by the lack of acknowledgement by the Hall: "I think if the fans put us on a pedestal, that's good enough for me. I don't need a board of directors, or whatever, to decide whether I should be up there or not. And I mean that with all sincerity. Our fans have proved to us, they've shown to us over the years, time and time again, that they are so behind this band, and that, to me, is. . . that's all that matters."
- He went on to say: "I think there is a certain amount of time lag, and depending on who is on the board deciding who goes through or not. . . We don't know the circumstances, we don't know the inner workings of how they come to certain decisions, and I don't wanna assume anything."
- Guitarist Phil Collen admitted to us he doesn't know why -- despite the string of mega-platinum albums and decades of sold out world tours -- Def Leppard remain on the outside of the Rock Hall fence: "I have no idea. No, we never talk about it, actually -- unless someone else brings it up. Y'know, it's like, 'whatever.' That just doesn't really. . . it doesn't really register. It's not even. . . Y'know, it's like, 'yeah, whatever.'" at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
AUDIO: PHIL COLLEN ON DEF LEPPARD AND THE ROCK HALL
Even during his downtime, Mick Jagger remains the road horse -- with the Rolling Stones frontman posting a photo from India. Jagger took to Instagram to share a photo of himself laughing in shades, standing by a deluxe buffet with the caption: "Enjoying the vibrant sights and sounds of India!"
Jagger and the Stones have recently been in the studio tracking the follow-up their 2016 blues covers collection, Blue & Lonesome, which has snagged the band a Grammy nom for Best Traditional Blues Album.
- Although he's often been portrayed as a workaholic, Mick Jagger explained that over the years, he's learned to perfectly prioritize his life: "You don't want to be totally work obsessed only -- but, just staying at home with the kids is probably frustrating as well. So you have to be balanced in your life and have time to have pleasure and fun and time to really have hard work and time to have family relationships and friends and not be so hard at work that you can't enjoy them. I mean, when I'm working, I'm really driven, but when I'm not, I'm not at all driven."
AUDIO: MICK JAGGER ON BALANCING HIS LIFE
In celebration of the groundbreaking film's 50th anniversary, the Beatles' classic 1968 Yellow Submarine cartoon will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland for one day only, next July 8th. According to the press release: "The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before, join John, Paul, George and Ringo on the Technicolor adventure of a lifetime."
The announcement went on to say: "Illustrated with mind-bending moving images, Yellow Submarine tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love. From 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' to 'Nowhere Man,' and 'Eleanor Rigby' to 'All You Need Is Love,' Yellow Submarine features some of the most-loved songs from the greatest band the world has ever known. An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, Yellow Submarine is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968."
- George Harrison recalled how the Beatles were hardly the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Submarine film project: "Actually, the thing I liked most about the movie was we really didn't have to do anything to (laughs) do it. They just took the music, we met with them, (and) they basically talked about basically what they're going to do."
- Yellow Submarine is set in the mythical land called Pepperland, "an undersea paradise inhabited by music lovers who live in peace and harmony and are protected by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. . . Until they are threatened by the music-hating Blue Meanies. It's up to the Beatles to set off on a magical adventure in their yellow submarine and bring music and harmony back to Pepperland."
- So far, the North American showings have yet to be announced. For more information, log on to: facebook.com/yellowsubmarinethefilm
AUDIO: THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY GEORGE HARRISON ON 'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE'
AUDIO: GEORGE HARRISON ON 'YELLOW SUBMARINE' FILM
Celine Dion is apologizing to fans for having to cancel a string of shows in Las Vegas due to illness. Last week, Dion had to scrap two shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace as per her doctor’s orders. Then she canceled her show on Saturday night due to a "throat irritation caused by a cold." She’s expected to return to the stage tonight.
In a Facebook message, Celine writes, "I don’t know what to say, other than I’m truly sorry for having to cancel tonight’s show and the two shows from last week. Cancelling a show is the hardest thing I have to do, especially when I know that so many people have travelled far to see me in Las Vegas."
"This decision is not made lightly," she continues. "When I’m not well, I always try to push through and I do everything I can to do my show. I really struggled to finish Friday night’s show and it took everything out of me. My doctor advised that I absolutely cannot perform tonight."
She finished by writing, "I know that I’m disappointing you, the people who support me the most and it hurts me beyond words. I hope that you can forgive me."
To make matters worse, Sunday was the second anniversary of the death of Celine’s beloved husband, René Angélil, who died January 14, 2016. A post on her Facebook page showed a photo of him, along with the words, "In Loving Memory of René Angélil … Always with us."