Irish News, a leading Belfast newspaper, reports that The Cranberries, among other gigantic Irish acts have been invited to perform this September at a charity benefit gig in Dublin.
The list of bands is still tentative, but current hopefuls are the Cranberries, George Michael, and the Hothouse Flowers. For those who know their trivia, the Cranberries were the opening act for the Hothouse Flowers’ tour in 1993. Yet the committee is still attempting to sign on the biggest Irish act of them all, yes, U2. But there are a few snags in U2’s schedule — the demand for the band is so high that a nearby show in late August had already sold out in 45 minutes. To compensate, U2 has scheduled a second date on September 2nd, which still must be approved by the Meath County Council. The new date may compete ticket sales for the AIDS benefit.
If all goes as planned, the benefit will take place at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland on September 8, 2001. The date, which was reported by the Sunday Business Post, is still tentative. If the Cranberries do decide to attend, it will coincide conveniently with the band’s August-September media tour. According to the Irish Times, “The Phoenix Park date will be one of the biggest events of its kind in Ireland.” A spokeswoman for U2 commented that nothing has been confirmed yet.
Source: Irish News