When I was a teenager I loved (and I still love) all the women alt-rock singers of that time like Dolores O’Riordan, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne, Nina Persson, Lisa Loeb, etc…etc…. I went to Lilith Fair twice. Yeah, when I was a teenager I wanted to grow up to be a lesbian coffeeshop barista who writes alt poetry on the side. So today, the teenager in me screamed, “Oh, Dolores O’Riordan.” ”
43-year-old Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, was in police custody in Ireland today after allegedly going crazy on a flight. CNN says that on an Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Shannon Airport in mid-West Ireland this morning, Dolores joined the mile high fight club by attacking a flight attendant for reasons unknown. When the plane landed at Shannon Airport, the police got on board and Dolores continued to bust out some fuckery by allegedly headbutting an officer who was trying to arrest her. The one good thing about getting headbutted by Dolores O’Riordan is that afterward you can touch your head and say, “I know I’ve felt like this before, but now I’m feeling it even more, because it came from you.”
The police say that the female flight attendant was taken to the hospital with a foot or leg injury. The police officer who got a forehead full of O’Riordan head was fine and didn’t need attention from a medical professional. Dolores was also taken to the hospital and was released a little while later. A spokeswhore for Aer Lingus says that the police are investigating this mess:
“An incident took place on board flight EI 110 en route from New York to Shannon today, Monday 10th November. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further.”
The police didn’t say whether or not the sweet nectar played a part in this, but that scent of booze wafting off of that story tells me it might’ve.
Wiki says that Dolores and her husband of 20 years Don Burton, who used to be Duran Duran’s tour manager, and their three kids split their time between their home in Dublin and a cabin in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada. During an interview with The Independent a few years ago, Dolores said that when she was in her early 20s, she pretty much had a nervous breakdown from having to perform all the time. A couple of years after that, she moved to Canada full-time to be an “ordinary person” and raise her kids.
Who knows what’s going on here, but I do want to know if right before she headbutted that cop, Dolores said, “Hey, what’s in your heeeeeeaaaaaad?“