The Cranberries to play for Pope John Paul II?

October 31, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to play for Pope John Paul II?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A little birdie has just told us that The Cranberries have been invited to play before Pope John Paul II on December 15th. The Vatican hosts a concert every year of prominent musicians every year, each playing one or two songs. The request was said to be an enormous surprise for the band, which they happily accepted. The annual concert is broadcasted prominently on Italian television.

Although the news has been spread throughout several Italian news outlets, we await official confirmation of the news.
Thanks to Electric Blue for the news.

Source: Exclusive

December Providence date announced

October 31, 2001  |  Comments Off on December Providence date announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Pollstar has posted a newly-announced date for the upcoming American radio tour, this time for Providence, RI on December 10th at the Dunkin Donuts Civic Center. Tickets for this gig should soon become available via Ticketmaster.

In addition, Pollstar has posted a new article today, cementing the validity of these new dates:

What Are The Holidays Without Cranberries?

The Cranberries will mark the release of their new album with some holiday radio shows in the States. The group’s new album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, is just out and they don’t expect to launch a real tour until next year, but the radio gigs should give fans a preview of what’s to come.

The Irish band hasn’t done a proper North American tour since 1999’s amphitheatre outing with Collective Soul. Even last year, the Cranberries were more likely to make headlines for canceling shows than playing them.

In all fairness, the group has forged ahead, defying naysayers and the odds. They first hit the charts and the road in the early ‘90s when grunge ruled and the Cranberries jangly pop hits were an anomaly.

It wasn’t long before rumors began flying that singer Delores O’Riordan was going to leave the band for a solo career. Actually, there was an O’Riordan rumor to fit every occasion: she was anorexic, having a nervous breakdown, or in rehab – depending on the day of the week.

When the Cranberries canceled their 1996 world tour, the multiplatinum-selling group seemed to have reached the end.

“We all went through a bad time, but the hardest time for me was ’95-’96, the ‘anorexia’ time,” the singer recently told The Irish Independent newspaper.

“It wasn’t anorexia. It was serious depression,” she said. “I was just really burnt out from touring. It was just awful because I couldn’t handle being on my own and I couldn’t handle not having a crowd around me and I couldn’t handle not having anything to do. It was really weird and really difficult. I took a while to kind of relax, because we had just been, ‘Go, go, go, go, go,’ for years. Out of school and then just woah!”

Things have slowed down considerably since then for the band. The members have grown up, started families and gained new perspective. They also continued to release new albums and tour, though their efforts were largely ignored in the States.

Then late last year, the Cranberries canceled the last four dates on their world tour. It was understandable, though. O’Riordan was well into her second pregnancy and was advised by her doctor to return home. Her daughter was born in January and the Cranberries were soon in the studio, working on the new album.

In September, the terrorist attacks interrupted a promotional tour of Europe and caused them to yank the video for the first single, “Analyse,” and re-edit it. The clip originally depicted O’Riordan performing on top of a building while planes flew over skyscrapers in the background.

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee hit U.S. stores October 23 and those who buy the album can stream a bonus track off the band’s obsessively updated Web site,

“We wanted to offer our fans something unique for buying this new album,” guitarist Noel Hogan said.

More exclusive material will be added to the site during the next year as the band continues to promote the album.

Source: Pollstar

Fergal: “Time” single, remixes confirmed

October 31, 2001  |  Comments Off on Fergal: “Time” single, remixes confirmed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official page has updated with Fergal’s response to more fans’ questions, this time with some very newsworthy responses. Firstly, he confirms that the track “Time is Ticking Out” will be the second single, with remixes of the song also planned. The band is considering adding a short acoustic segment to their upcoming tour, as the band had done in early 1995. He also responds to a question (submitted by none other than myself!) regard the two “old songs” recorded for “Wake Up”. The first was “Dying Inside”, written on the “No Need to Argue” Tour in 1994-1995. “Do You Know” was the second, written circa 1997, perhaps at the Metalworks Studios, which spawned “Animal Instinct”, “Shattered”, and “Desperate Andy”. For lots more details, check it out for yourself!

Source: Official Cranberries Webpage

Dolores O’ Riordan: “Irish Tatler Woman of the Year”

October 27, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan: “Irish Tatler Woman of the Year”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On Tuesday night, Dolores and her husband Don were among the star-studded crowd at the Irish Tatler Awards Ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Four Season Hotel. At the awards ceremony, Dolores was presented with the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Award, given for her musical talent and the personal strength to return after the band’s many rotten times.

Other winners from the ceremony included Mary Robinson, former Irish president; Mo Mowland, former Northern Ireland secretary; Mairan Keyes, author; and Marian Finucane, radio presenter.

Source: ShowBiz Ireland

NME: Dolores not “in a hurry” to visit US

October 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on NME: Dolores not “in a hurry” to visit US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an article posted on New Music Express, earlier today, Dolores discussed the situation in America (speaking to “The Mirror”). This jeopardizes yesterday’s report that the band will do a December radio tour in the US.


THE CRANBERRIES frontwoman DOLORES O’RIORDAN has revealed that she fears touring the US following the terrorist attacks on the country.

The Cranberries are a huge draw in the US, a country where they have sold the majority of their 33 million albums. However, O’Riordan now says she feels it would be too dangerous to visit to support new album ‘Wake Up And Smell The Coffee’.

Speaking to The Mirror newspaper today (October 26), O’Riordan says she watched CNN footage of the second ‘plane smashing into the World Trade Center. She added: “It was so shocking because I guess no one ever thought someone would do this to America. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to go over there now. It’s way too dangerous at the moment.”

The diminutive frontwoman added: “We were planning to go on tour next year, but if all hell breaks loose I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at home with my family.”

Source: New Music Express

The Cranberries return for December US radio tour

October 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries return for December US radio tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

LiveDaily has learned that The Cranberries will be returning to the United States in December for a promotional tour of radio festivals. Earlier this month, the band cancelled much of their remaining promotion for the year. Luckily, they are being strong and moving on.

The report confirms that news that the band will in fact play Detroit on Dec. 11th, the final venue in the tour. The current schedule is:

Dec. 3: Boston, MA – TBA (WBMX-FM festival)
Dec. 5: Cleveland, OH – TBA (WQAL-FM festival)
Dec 8: Baltimore, MD TBA (WMMX-FM festival)
Dec 9: Tampa, FL – TBA (WSSR-FM festival)
Dec 10: Providence, RI – TBA (WPRO-FM festival)
Dec 11: Detroit, MI – State Theatre (WKQI-FM’s Jingle Ball 2001 with Jewel, Nelly Furtado and others)

Tickets for the Jingle Ball 2001 have already been long sold out, though tickets are still being given away through contests on WKQI FM. In the meanwhile, I myself will be trying my damnedest to get tickets for the Baltimore show, and will hopefully have a full report if all goes well.

Source: LiveDaily

Dolores and Fergal pick favorite music videos

October 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores and Fergal pick favorite music videos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Last week, Dolores and Fergal appeared on the Dutch channel TMF to pick their favorite music videos and give their own comments on them. Curious to see what they picked? Here’s the list, with their own comments on each:

1. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Slience”
2. U2 – “With or Without You”
Dolores: “Very cool clip, one of their best songs — they are also from Ireland, so…”
3. Aerosmith – “Jaded”
Dolores: “Really cool band, Steven Tyler is a really cool guy, his daughter is my age… I like the Victorian style in the video.”
4. REM – “Tongue”
Dolores & Fergal: “We toured with them and we love the mirrorball in the video — they had it also on the tour”
5. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
Dolores: “It ́s a classic, no one will not like this, I chose it because I ́ve never seen the video — I wanted to see it!”
Fergal: “People thought that when they played it backwards, that there was a hidden message in there.”
Dolores: “I remember that, it was in the 70’s… oh, those 70’s” (smiling at the camera)
6. Coldplay – “Trouble”
7. David Bowie – “Let ́s Dance”
Dolores: “Beautiful video, I really loved his red shoes in this video… Dorothy will be jealous… You know, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz!”

Thanks to Taco Kuik for the news.

Source: Exclusive

“Analyse” not shown on “Top Of The Pops”

October 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” not shown on “Top Of The Pops”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Because “Analyse” has failed to reach the top 75 in the British single charts, “Analyse” will not be featured on the show “Top of the Pops”, which showcases live versions of songs in the top 75 positions. The performance was recorded several weeks ago. The song entered the charts at #89.

The cause of the poor performance may in part be due to one occurence. Fans in the UK felt cheated due to the cut of “In the Ghetto (live)” in the UK version and have thus opted to buy the 4-track mainland European release. “Analyse [was] released in the UK today, I didn’t buy it because we only get 3 tracks and I want to get hold of the 4 track,” said one disappointed British fan. Others ascribe the low position to the even more disappointing fact that the song is getting very little airplay on UK stations.

Thanks to Daniel Steward for the news.

Source: Exclusive

2 professional photos

October 22, 2001  |  Comments Off on 2 professional photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries has posted two new professional photos, which seem to be taken out of a magazine article. Check ’em out below!


Limited Ed. “Wake Up” Taiwan boxed set released

October 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Limited Ed. “Wake Up” Taiwan boxed set released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Just when you thought Spain had screwed everyone over with their 17-track version of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, Universal released a limited edition boxed set of the album in Taiwan this week, including some irresistible bonuses.

The set includes:

· 15-track International version of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”
· English lyric booklet
· Coffee Cup Pad featuring a photo of the band
· A package of Nescafe “3 in 1” coffee
· Inserted flier for the band’s previous albums
· Collectible “Wake Up” motif box to house the collection

According to the outside sticker, the coffee pad is a promotional goodie co-sponsored by Nescafe.



Source: Exclusive

Spanish retail chain offers stress ball

October 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish retail chain offers stress ball  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Instead of the 2-track promo CD, the popular Spanish retail chain “El Corte Inglés” (“The English Style”) is currently offering a free anti-stress ball with the purchase of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The ball is the same one seen on the band’s official page. Hmm… free music or a stress ball?
Decisions, decisions.

Thanks to Jesús Castillo for the news

Source: Exclusive

“Pure Oxygen” performance to air Thursday

October 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Pure Oxygen” performance to air Thursday  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries performance for the show “Pure Oxygen” will air on the women’s network Oxygen this week. The band performed two songs back in August for the 90-minute show.

Broadcast dates and times are:

Oct 25th – 12:00 pm ET
Oct 25th – 7:00 pm ET
Oct 26th – 12:00 am ET
Oct 26th – 7:00 am ET
Oct 27th – 9:00 am ET

Source: Exclusive

Full album preview on

October 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on Full album preview on  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries currently has an exclusive all-inclusive preview (no, that’s not an oxymoron) of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The page has the entire album in streaming Windows Media format, as well as the streaming video for “Analyse”. There’s also a bio and photos on the page, so Click here to go directly to The Cranberries preview section.


Next single: This Is The Day?

October 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on Next single: This Is The Day?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Despite the fact that the band has announced “Time Is Ticking Out” as the next single and is even considering a benefit single, a Mexican Universal- sponsored site, Citaris claims that “This Is The Day” will become the band’s next single. On Citaris’s “Wake Up” promotional page, they have a pseudo- exclusive download of the song available, as well as the video to “Analyse”. So which will it be? I suppose time will have to answer.

Now, time for an editorial spin — In this editor’s opinion, “This Is The Day” deserves to be the band’s next single. It is punctually rock and just plain kick-ass, a myriad more than “Promises” ever was. “Time Is Ticking Out” is a decent song, but the lyrics and melody are far too weak to become a radio hit of any measure.

Source: The pretty Cranberries

Scans from “Eres” magazine

October 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on Scans from “Eres” magazine  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have a 5-page article in the new issue of the Mexican “Eres” magazine, dated October 16th. The article contains an interview that was done in May of this year (the magazine travelled all the way to Ireland for it), as well as some original photos of the band.

Thanks to Gabriel Ojeda for the scans.


Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries to play Detroit Dec.11 2001?

October 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to play Detroit Dec.11 2001?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to concert mega-site Pollstar, The Cranberries are listed for a December 11th gig at the State Theatre in Detroit, MI. The gig is part of a Christmas radio festival, featuring other artists such as Train, Nelly Furtado, and O-Town. However, with the recent cancellation of remaining promo gigs (including the much-anticipated Intimate & Interactive, which would have been held later this month), it is difficult to forsee the band attending the gig. In all likelihood, the date has been cancelled. However, to make things interesting, the date was just posted within the last 72 hours. It may be that there were several dates planned for the US (which makes things even more disappointing), but the venue has not yet been notified of the band’s cancellation. Or, on the other hand, there’s always that glimmer of hope.

Thanks to Yusef Najafi for the tip.

Source: Pollstar

Oceanic Remix UK promo CD released

October 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on Oceanic Remix UK promo CD released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MCA Records released a 1-track promo of “Analyse Oceanic Remix” last week in the UK. The promo has the same art as the “Analyse” promo, but with a large sticker placed on the front with information about the track.

Source: Exclusive

Screen captures: MTV Germany “Fashion Zone”

October 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on Screen captures: MTV Germany “Fashion Zone”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On Saturday, a new interview with Dolores was aired on MTV Germany’s “Fashion Zone”. Dolores got to show off her threads — everything she wore for the show was designed by Dolce & Gabbana (*gasp* no Calvin Klein?).

“Rock ‘n’ roll will never die!” she says as she romps around in a cafe in Dublin during the interview. She also admits that she’s dropped a load of cash for clothing during the last promo tour. Her most expensive item was 10,000 pounds (approx. $14,500) for a coat she simply couldn’t do without. For those interested, her shoe size is (in European dimensions) a 38, which is around a 7 or 7 1/2 in the US.

Thanks to Norbert of Zombieguide Germany for the shots.

Source: Exclusive

Italian “Super” magazine scans

October 16, 2001  |  Comments Off on Italian “Super” magazine scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Seen below are the cover and scans to “Super”, an Italian magazine which has dedicated a 6-page article to the ‘Berries this month. (If you missed the translation, see past news). Once again, thanks to Merry for the scans.

Source: Exclusive

Spanish bonus CD scans, tracklisting

October 16, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish bonus CD scans, tracklisting  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Spanish limited edition of “Wake Up” was released yesterday, including a second bonus CD containing two live tracks.

The tracklisting is:

1. Zombie (Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)
2. Promises (with “Ridiculous Thoughts” intro, Live in Paris, December 9, 1999)

Sources: The pretty Cranberries, Cranberries of Prat

“Analyse” live on Sept. 11th benefit CD

October 15, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” live on Sept. 11th benefit CD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Cities 97, a Minneapolis-based radio station, has compiled a new CD of their recent live Studio C performances into a new benefit CD, “Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 13”. The Cranberries performed “Analyse” in Studio C during their American promo tour in August. The “Analyse” performance is track 13 among other artists such as Dido, Coldplay, Semisonic, and The Wallflowers.

The CD will be sold exclusively in Target stores in and around the Minneapolis area beginning November 6th. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit local and national charities, including Camp Heartland, Community-University Health Care Center/Variety Children’s Clinic, Make- A-Wish Foundation, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and the American Red Cross. The station is also scheduling giveaways for the CD, as well as tickets to the Sampler Release Party (which does not have an announced date).

Thanks to Josh Kittell for the news tip.

Source: Cities 97

Spanish Limited Edition “Wake Up” announced

October 14, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish Limited Edition “Wake Up” announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Retailers in Spain are advertising a special limited edition version of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, due in stores tomorrow (in Europe, although some stores have begun selling the CD already). The presumably Spanish-only version will include a second CD which will have two live tracks.
A magazine ad for the Spanish limited edition is seen below.
We should have scans and tracklisting for the bonus CD soon.

The limited edition will probably parallel the Spanish limited edition of “Bury the Hatchet”, released last year with a single-track CD of “Dreams” bundled with it.

Source: The Pretty Cranberries

“Analyse” UK tracklisting

October 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Analyse” UK tracklisting  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Because UK singles are restricted to three tracks or less in order to place in the charts, the UK version of “Analyse” will not include the live version of “In the Ghetto”. The 3-track version is due in stores Monday, October 15th. Thanks to Cranhead for the news.

“Analyse” 3-track version:
1. Analyse (Radio Edit)
2. Analyse (Oceanic Remix)
3. I Can’t Be With You (Live at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, November 11th, 2000)

Source: Exclusive

Revised US “Analyse” date, price

October 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on Revised US “Analyse” date, price  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Online retailers (such as CDNow, Amazon) are unanimously reporting that the 4-track version of “Analyse” will be released in the United States on November 6th, approximately 3 weeks after the initial reported date (which no one seemed to regard with much credibility anyway). In addition, the single now carries the more sensible retail price of $7.49, which will probably vary by retailer.

Sources: CDNow, Amazon

Interview translation from “Super”

October 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on Interview translation from “Super”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are on the cover of yet another magazine, this time Italy’s “Super”
Thanks to Merry for the translation!
Check back here soon for exclusive scans from the article.

– Dolores O’Riordan speaks about her transformation –

Maternity sweetened the Limerick band’s front girl, who wrote an album with soft and positive songs which reflect the newly-found balance and the agreement with the group of friends.

For some hours, the elegant hotel’s bar turns itself into a pub. You can see them, Mike, Fergal, Dolores and his husband Don Burton. Their backs, close one to the other, Dolores’ very small one grazes Don’s firm one. The only person missing is Noel, Mike’s brother, who stayed in Ireland since his wife is ill. They laugh and smile at each other, chat and drink beer. They look like an Irish family on vacation, rather than one of the most famous rock bands in the world, the Cranberries. You can breathe an air of accomplice and steady friendship: Dolores O’Riordan, dark- haired again, with her shining eyes, sits in the center, protected and cuddled by her men. Slight, with a bright face and an energic behavior, the singer, voice and creative mind of the Cranberries, is living a golden moment. The birth of her second child, Molly, seven months ago, a new album, “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”, coming out, and, over all, her newly-found happiness. “Making children is a very good remedy against the stress that success gives” she says. “And this album exactly reflects how I feel now. It’s like a big waking up to life. In the past I made many mistakes, I threw myself into work only, leaving too many things behind.. I almost destroyed my life. Until I took a break to dedicate myself to family again.”

Question: Each of your albums reflects you inner feelings: in “To The Faithful Departed” you were darker, in “Bury the Hatchet” there was more fun. What have you felt writing this record? Answer: Big positivity and excitement. The knowledge of having regained the spirit of our beginning, thank God. Then, there’s the fact that we don’t know what is waiting for us behind the corner, so, when you realize that you’re living a good moment, professionally and humanly, you feel like you’ve been blessed by God. Just like when you’re inside a tunnel: you see the lights shining at the end and when you finally come out, you’re illuminated.

Q: Talking about music, it looks like a softer album compared to the previous ones. Is this because your special mood, too?
A: There’s no doubt that my maternal condition took part in the process of sweetening these songs. Making another child regenerated me and made me discover again a natural tenderness which is too often suffocated. Living in a rock band for many years makes a girl tougher, and I must acknowledge that I began to go too far in this sense, losing a great part of my feminine side.

Q: Is there a common denominator in the album?
A: Every song has a positive message, or content. The only different track is “Time Is Ticking Out”, which is about the enviromental problem and about how much we hurt our planet.

Q: Where was “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” born?
A: We recorded it at the Windmill Lane at Dublin and we mixed it at the Town House at London, but it’s been conceived, as all our albums have, at Killmallock, near my house, in the Irish country, at about twenty minutes from Limerick. A fascinating place, very inspirating. The Irish people, with their strong and romantic temper, unique in the world, originated from this countryside. We’re stubborn people, we always say what we think, but our heart is big as our sky.

Q: What does your house looks like?
A: It’s a 19th century country-house remodeled by some Canadian friends, in the middle of hectares of fields and hills. We’ve got many horses, a big black pig, hens, pheasants, a couple of peacocks, and a lot of dogs. It’s very important to me, because my father was a gardener, and I like taking my children to discover nature, making them see how things come out and grow from the earth.

Q: Does success take away balance?
A: Definitely yes, I’ve experienced that on myself. This is the reason why we stopped and we wanted an almost total control on all the things which concern our career.

Q: Seems like you’re very good friends…
A: It’s not only us, but also our families. Mike’s wife is about to have a child, and at my birthday party she played with my children just like she was their aunt. This is the spirit between us. We’re so united that we have decided to open a Japanese restaurant in Dublin. So, even if one day the Cranberries don’t exist any more, we’d still have something which unites us professionally.

Source: Exclusive

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