The band’s singer died on January 15, 2018. Her body was found in a London hotel room while she was in the city for a recording session. She was 46 years old.
In a new post on the group’s official website, her bandmates announced plans for new material and a reissue of their 1993 debut ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ to mark its 25th anniversary. Both projects were in the works before O’Riordan died.
“We can confirm that, since last summer, the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly remastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album,” they wrote.
They said that the anniversary edition had been planned for release this month, but the project had been put on hold when O’Riordan died. “In recent weeks we revisited this,” the Cranberries said. “After much consideration, we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that, as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it.”
The post said the record would be out “later this year”. It would be followed by a new studio album that they will be working to complete. O’Riordan had already recorded the vocals for the album, and the remaining band members said they hoped to have it with fans early next year.
O’Riordan’s cause of death will not be known until April 3. Coroner’s officer Stephen Earl said at an inquest in January a postmortem examination had taken place and the court were awaiting the results of “various tests”.