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 News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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, www.cranberries.com.

“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 News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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.

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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 News Archive  |  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.

DOLORES ‘LINGER’S OVER US PROBLEM

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 News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  The Cranberries

The-Cranberries.com has posted two new professional photos, which seem to be taken out of a magazine article. Check ’em out below!

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Source: The-Cranberries.com

Limited Ed. “Wake Up” Taiwan boxed set released

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

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Source: Exclusive

Spanish retail chain offers stress ball

October 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Spanish retail chain offers stress ball  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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 MSN.com

October 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on Full album preview on MSN.com  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  The Cranberries

MSN.com 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.

Source: MSN.com

Next single: This Is The Day?

October 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on Next single: This Is The Day?  |  by Zombieguide News Archive  |  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 News Archive  |  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.

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Source: Exclusive

The Cranberries Press