Dolores O’Riordan performs with The Cranberries in Holmdel, New Jersey, US, on September 9th, 1996. File photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

“Can you lend me 20 quid and buy me a drink” was the first thing Dolores O’Riordan ever said to me. It was in early 1993 in Fibber Magee’s pub on Parn(...)