Cranberries to Open for the Rolling Stones

November 28, 2002  |  Comments Off on Cranberries to Open for the Rolling Stones  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to an interview with Cranberries bassist Mike Hogan that appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the Mexican newspaper El Universal, The Cranberries are on tap to open for the classic rockers The Rolling Stones sometime next year.

“We have the same company that schedules our tours, so they proposed it to us to be part of it and of course we accepted, although it’ll only be five or six dates in Europe,” Mike told the paper while in Treviso, Italy earlier this month.

The gigs are likely to come in early summer, as Fergal Lawler wrote on the Official Website last month, “We will be doing some shows with some other artists in June and July to wrap up a great 2 years on the road.”

When asked if The Cranberries had any plans to release a full live album anytime soon, Mike said that no such plans were on the drawing board. “I don’t believe we’ll do one, although it’s only been a few days since we released a DVD with a live show that we recorded in Paris, France.”

Mike also went on to talk about the importance of his family life and how it fits in with the band. “Having a family makes things easier and we have more fun because you can go home and take your time with your family. In addition, it lets us do new things in our music, (it makes it) more happy and optimistic. It’s been a big influence.”

Thanks to Reynel for the info.

Source: El Universal

First Details: Dolores O’Riordan Solo Project

November 28, 2002  |  Comments Off on First Details: Dolores O’Riordan Solo Project  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an interview from the forthcoming Cranberries edition of the Hot Press Collectors’ Series, Dolores relates the somewhat shocking news that she will be recording her first solo album, because, she says, “the boys need some freedom for a while.”

“I’m definitely going to mess around now after the Greatest Hits,” she says. “I’m not going to go back and do another Cranberries album. I need to do a different project completely, and the boys need some freedom for a while.”

Indeed, Dolores stresses that the solo project will be much unlike anything The Cranberries have done before, which is why she plans to do it without “the boys.” Dolores plans to incorporate a mixture of ethnic sounds into the project as well. “Istanbul blew me away! At 5.00am the music from the Mosques, the chanting awoke me. It was so gorgeous, it sounded a little scary at moments and at other moments very reassuring. It was like something from another dimension. I’d love to go back there on vacation and go and visit the Mosques. I believe it would really be inspiring,” she wrote only days ago on the band’s Official Site. “I’d like to do a little bit more work in the studio,” she told Hot Press, “or a little bit more flying out to places like Turkey or Africa and recording some different ethnic things and bringing it back for inspiration.”

The Cranberries chanteuse also hinted at the possibility of working with the eclectic producer Brian Eno sometime in the future. “It would be (a possibility), yeah. The reason we didn’t at the time was because Brian likes to experiment in the studio, he likes to go in with pretty much nothing and just write in there. And we were like, ‘Aw, but sure we’ve everything written!'”

The Special Edition Cranberries Issue of Hot Press will be available sometime in early December with a cover price of €5 (about $4.90 US). We’ll have much more on this solo project as we know it, and more on the Hot Press issue very soon. Major thanks to Jessica van Kessel for the info!

Source: Hot Press

Sunday Independent Interview Transcript

November 27, 2002  |  Comments Off on Sunday Independent Interview Transcript  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We received some feedback that some of our visitors weren’t quite able to read the scans taken from this weekend’s Sunday Independent, so we took a little bit of time to type of the entire article, below. Certainly an excellent read, so make sure you get through it all!

Berried treasure

The biggest Irish rock band since U2 are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album with a global tour. The Cranberries, still friends, still three lads and a lass from Limerick, have sold over 38 million albums. But next year they’re taking time out. Barry Egan met up with them in Milan.

THE disguise works a treat. No one recognizes her. Not even the security guard who block the superstar’s path to her own show. There are no stampy-feet hissy-fits. She manages a laugh until one of the tattooed brick- shithouses on patrol comes to his senses.

He realises that the elfin figure in the shades with the baseball cap pulled down over her face is actually Dolores O’Riordan — one of the reasons why 20,000 people are queuing up outside a giant venue in Milan tonight as the pouring rain rolls off the Alps.

O’Riordan was bored hanging around the drab hotel in the italian city and walked up to the venue on her own. She wanted instead the sanctuary of her own dressing room, a world of scented candles, sumptuous cushions and coming colours. It is in here that Dolores disappears.

Before a show she has a routine of Reiki, a massage and yoga. However, beneath all that Eastern calm, Dolores is desperately missing her two children. She’s chartering a private jet to be home for her son Taylor’s birthday on Saturday. Thirty thousand euros. Worth every cent. Giant balloons are being inflated and clowns hired. (Editor’s note: We hope Mickey the Clown is not among those invited.)

“He’ll never be five again. I don’t care about the money,” she says. “I’m a mother more than I’m a rock star.”

After the birthday bash in Kilmallock, her home in Co Limerick, Dolores is due to fly back to Italy the following day for a show in Trevisio, then move on to Strasbourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Glasgow and London. In the past 48 months, the band have performed in 30 countries around the world. It is non-stop. Or at least it was.

Come January, the Cranberries are taking a year off. O’Riordan is taking some long-overdue time out. Being on tour for long periods, she misses Taylor and baby daughter Molly like crazy.

“We were asked to go to Asia in January but I couldn’t,” she says before the show. “You miss them growing up. You’ll never have that back.”

The year 2003 is Dolores O’Riordan’s year for being mammy again. She also has plans to take acting lessons and maybe do a movie if the right part comes along. “But then maybe I’d be f**king crap!” she laughs. (She was offered a part in Titanic but turned that down flatly — and the offer to write some music for the film.)

She would also like to record — at home — an album of left-of-centre songs. She played a snatch of just such a number behind the big white piano at soundcheck earlier in the day: it is ethereal, surreal, sad, beautiful and trance-like. And decidedly unlike anything we’ve ever heard Dolores play before.

“We were in school when the Cranberries took off, so that’s all we’ve ever known,” she says later. “We’ve never really fully experimented and tried different things.”

Meanwhile, guitarist Noel Hogan is running the London marathon in April next year. (He runs 15 miles every second day.)

“And I…” begins his brother, Cranberries bassist Mike, “…I’m going to have another sex change next year.”

“I can just imagine you in a wig and women’s underwear!” says drummer Fergal Lawler.

Dolores doesn’t have to imagine. She can recall the early days of the Cranberries when the brothers Hogan would break into her room, liberally applying her make-up before helping themselves to their singer’s undergarments.

Like two gaelic Danny La Rues, Noel and Mike would then appear on the tourbus imitating the two girls, young Dolores and her good friend Brefni. “They used to bust my bras and knickers all the time!” Dolores remembers as Mike and Noel look on horrified that their secret’s finally out. There I was minding my own business when suddenly the two of them would run down the bus in my underwear and plastered in lipstick.

Another night, after traveling up in the back of a bread van from Limerick for a Dublin show, Dolores and the band, desperate for digs, stayed in accommodation in Mountjoy Prison. (Relax: Dolores’s brother works there.) Apparently the brothers Hogan found loads of women’s clothes in the hot- press in the ‘Joy and once again dressed up to take the mickey out of their young singer.

They can all laugh about it now, the days of having nothing. They can remember the early days when Dolores was dating (“nothing serious”) Liam O Maonlai of the Hothouse Flowers, and the times the unknown Limerick band played the support slots to the then hugely popular Dublin band. Starving, the male members of the Cranberries would pester Dolores into getting food from her boyfriend’s band’s dressing room.

“The Hothouse Flowers have very nice cheese,” Mike, Noel, and Fergal would say. “Get us some!”

“Leave me alone!” she would reply. “I’m not scoring cheese off my boyfriend for you!”

“We were the bummer opening act,” Fergal remembers now. “We had nothing. No food. No drink. No prospects. And no cheese!”

Ten years on, dairy products are no problem for the biggest rock band to come out of Ireland since U2. (Their opulent, cheese-filled dressing room is a testament to this.) The Cranberries, still friends, have sold over 38 million albums. They are known right around the globe.

Closer than ever, their trust, loyalty and friendship remain incalculable. They also have a shared, out-of-kilter sense of humour of people who have spent years living in each other’s pockets.

Dolores tends to begin anecdotes with a[n] anxiety-inducing “He’ll kill me for this,” before dredging up the time Fergal drank a bottle of local tequila in Mexico in 1997, complete with the worm inside the bottle and some ants’ eggs, before “throwing up for hours.”

Unfortunately for the Cranberries, the next morning they were brought like visiting dignitaries to see a local attraction. Somewhat the worse for tequila and wine, a day in the baking hot sun was not what their fragile Limerick systems needed.

“Our throats were like someone had poohed in them,” says Dolores. “We were all dying of hangovers. This religious Indian guy, who took peyote every day, kept trying to get us to chant, but all we wanted was water. He gave us names. I was Snake.”

Another night, after a binge in an English country pub, the band were cycling back to their posh hotel when Dolores’s husband Don fell off and lay prostrate on the ground. Once she got him back to the hotel, Dolores, in search of some life-giving elixir, slipped her tiny hand in behind the locked bar downstairs and managed to turn the key. Drinks for everyone.

“You have to be a bit naughty sometimes,” she says. “One of the great things is, it’s still fun being in the Cranberries. And if it stops being fun, you should stop doing it. It would ruin it. Because we’ve been there before, when we almost became a commodity. We were like four basket cases freaking out of our heads all the time. “How many panic attacks have you had today?”

Panic attacks are very much a thing of the past. They are now celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

It all started in May 1990: a[n] 18-year-old Dolores Mary O’Riordan turned up at the Hogan’s house with a keyboard under her arm to sing Linger. Within three years, the Cranberries had achieved staggering success in America and the UK. The massive stardom hasn’t overpowered Dolores to the extent that she has withdrawn from public life. You still occasionally see her around the clubs of Limerick.

“We don’t think of ourselves as stars,” she says. But they are. Bigger than a thousand Pop Idols put together.

Growing up in Limerick, and still living there, has stopped the band from ever getting big heads, says Fergal. “Irish people slap you down if you start getting too big for your boots,” he laughs.

The path to fame is not always an easy one. Those whom the gods wish to destroy are granted fame and fortune at a dangerously early age, they say. And the Cranberries were but babies. They survived where others before them perished. “When you become famous very young — when you become a millionaire almost overnight — people expect you to be screwed up,” Dolores says. “So it makes you more determined to keep your life together. It makes you more determined to make the simple things in life right.”


“Like a good marriage,” she says. “Having children. Being a good parent.” Keep your marriage together. Staying loyal, and seeing the big picture. And not getting caught up with the small, quick temptation, or whatever.”

Dolores and Don Burton, Duran Duran’s former tour manager, were married in 1994 in Holy Cross Abbey outside Tipperary. (Noel’s wife is Catherine, his brother Mike is married to Siobhan and Fergal’s wife is Laurie.) They seem blissfully happy together. Tonight in Milan, Don buzzes adoringly around her all evening. She dotes on him in return, hugging and kissing him at every opportunity.

On the tourbus later, she recounts affectionately how her husband is like an animal in bed. Snores like an animal, that is. To illustrate her point, Dolores reaches over and demonstrates how she holds his nose, but even that doesn’t stop him, it seems. When he finally stops, baby Molly will invariably wake up in the other room.

Earlier, while Dolores held 20,000 Italians in thrall for two hours, Don brought me up onto the side of the stage where he gushed with the praise of the truly in love: “That’s my wife! And she’s the greatest singer in the world!”

From the reaction of the crowd to Dolores’s vocal dynamics on Dreams, Linger and Zombie, there are plenty of people who agree with his assessment.

Don’s relations from Canada are over for the show. While his wife gets changed for the night’s main entertainment in her dressing room, Don orders pasta and steak for everyone, and, in the backstage dining area, holds court: outlining the special freedom of riding his horses bareback on their 250-acre ranch in Kilmallock (it makes the Ewings’ South Fork look like an afterthought). He says proudly that their children get up on horses like sitting up on a chair.

He charms everyone. Well over six foot, with spiky blond hair, he reminds me of nobody so much as Fachtna O Ceallaigh, Sinead O’Connor’s former boyfriend, about who she sang Nothing Compares 2 U. When I comment on the similarity, Don tells me about the occasion a long time ago when Sinead sat down on his knee — platonically, of course. Until Don’s future wife noticed that he was being used as an armchair and said: “Grrr!”

TONIGHT, Dolores runs around the stage like Penelope Pitstop on tequila. For other reasons, it must be exhausting being Dolores. Everybody wants you. Even the Pope. She will make a solo appearance at the Vatican’s Annual Christmas Concert in Rome on December 14.

Last year, she sang for His Holiness with the Vatican Orchestra (and Westlife — Dolores and Don’s son Taylor has Westlife on the side of his lunchbox. Dolores bought it for him.)

“Don is not Catholic — he’s atheist or heathen or whatever you call it, he was never baptised — but when he met the Pope, he was moved,” O’Riordan recalls. “The Pope’s presence is amazing! He is so old but is still rocking at his age. And he’s bigger than the Rolling Stones!”

The Cranberries can’t wait to be home for Christmas. Noel Hogan will have a double celebration. He was born on Christmas day, 1971. “My dad was pretty pissed off,” he says, “because there weren’t any pubs open on Christmas day in 1971 to celebrate.”

Dolores will be bringing Taylor to midnight mass for the first time. “At the age of five, Taylor and kids his age start to become really aware of Christ. Thankfully, at school the heavier elements of the catechism for children have been taken out. When we were kids we learnt about burning in hell and the devil. That is gone.”

None of the Cranberries are practicing Catholics but they all bring up their children in that belief system, because, says Fergal, “You should give your child some identity, and then when they’re older they can choose.”

Churches have a special potency for Dolores. When she was 15, she played the organ at mass in Ballybricken. The choir ranged in age from 35 to 75, she remembers. “It was like my youth club. I learnt a lot of good things — like Latin and hymns.”

At school in Laurel Hill in Limerick, Dolores used to play camogie. He legs were permanently black and blue from the wallops she got on the field but that only seemed to embolden her. She and another girl were the only two in a class of 35 who played camogie. The other 33 girls played hockey.

Dolores hated hockey. It was, she says, for posh sissies. You had to wear culottes. “I wanted to wear shorts and socks and push and shoulder and shove like the boys.”

Stuff patriarchy! Give me those hurleys now!

Twentysomething years later, the same girl emerges from the dressing room at nine o’clock, a glamorous Dolce e Gabbana goddess. The crowd greets her appearance onstage like the arrival of gladiators in ancient Rome. Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal and Dolores play like their lives depend on it.

Afterwards, beyond the security guards at the backstage door, hundreds of fans have waited patiently in the rain for a glimpse of their idols. Genuinely shy, Dolores sees the crowd and asks me whether I think she should go out or not. I tell her that they love her. Soon Dolores is shaking hands and giving autographs for the multitudes.

“Ciao, Dolores! Dolores! Brava Dolores!” they shout.

Fifteen minutes later the object of their devotion is inside her state-of-the- art tourbus, opening a bottle of wine and contemplating the nature of her existence. She knows God’s existence is as impossible to prove as it is to disprove. But she knows there’s something else after death. She views her life as being like river water, gushing over rocks to begin with, later flowing wider, and finally merging painlessly with the sea, losing its individuality but continuing as part of the greater whole.

On tour in Turkey in mid-November, Dolores recalls waking up at dawn to prayers being chanted from the mosques. After the concerts, the Turkish fans gave Dolores presents of decorative eyes that, they said, kept watch to keep evil away.

“I have a big collection of eyes,” says the green-eyed chanteuse. “That’s the great thing about traveling the world: you realise how similar a lot of religions are.”

She tells me about her lucid dreaming — crashing on planes into bunkers then waking up still on the plane. Freud wouldn’t get a look in.

Dolores, who turned 31 last year [sic], says she appreciates life more than she used to. “I’m more impulsive. Instead of talking about things, I just do them. I trust my own instincts, I’m a little bit more connected with the spirit. That is one of the good things about getting older. Gravity kicks in, yeah, but there are better things than the visual.”

One of Dolores’s earliest memories is being about five at school in Limerick. The headmistress brought her out of the class and up into the sixth grade class where the 12-year-old girls were. She sat Dolores up on the teacher’s desk and told her to sing for them. The five-year-old loved it — singing was something she had “that could win people over.”

Tonight in Northern Italy more so than ever.

The Cranberries play the Point in Dublin on December 6, 2002. Their album ‘Stars — The Best of 1992-2002’ is now available.

Source: Exclusive

No Special Edition “Stars” for 2002

November 27, 2002  |  Comments Off on No Special Edition “Stars” for 2002  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Representatives from Universal/Mercury Germany have today told Zombieguide that the planned Special Edition 2CD German version of “Stars”will not arrive before the end of the year. The new edition, which was to include a bonus CD with live acoustic tracks taken from radio performances, was originally slated to be released in Germany before Christmas.

“We have decided not to produce or release a German edition with acoustic tracks from the radio sets this year,” said the Mercury Germany representative, with emphasis on the “this year” portion. This, of course, leaves a 2003 release open to possibility, but nothing has been officially confirmed for next year as of yet.

Thanks to a special contributor for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

Sunday Independent: Big Break for 2003, New Song Played!

November 26, 2002  |  Comments Off on Sunday Independent: Big Break for 2003, New Song Played!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

An interview out of the November 24th issue of the Irish newspaper, the Sunday Independent divulges more details about The Cranberries’ future plans than what we have amassed in the span of the last several months. Below are some pieces that we’ve pulled out of the article.

Dolores told the Sunday Independent that she plans to spend a good deal of money to be home for Taylor’s fifth birthday, which occurs later this week (30,000 Euros [$29,800 US] for the private jet alone). “He’ll never be five again. I don’t care about the money,” she admits. “I’m a mother more than I’m a rock star.”

According to the article, the band plans to take nearly the entire year of 2003 off. “We were asked to go to Asia in January but I couldn’t,” Dolores says during the interview in Milan. Dolores and Noel plan to do some writing in the Spring for an “experimental” sixth album, while Fergal hinted only days ago that some touring plans for the summer are in the works. In April, guitarist Noel Hogan plans to run the annual London marathon — as he runs 15 miles every other day.

As for the new material, Dolores sat herself behind the white piano at soundcheck in Milan to play a new song for the interviewer. The interviewer describes the song as “left-of-centre” and “ethereal, surreal, sad, beautiful, and trance-like. And decidedly unlike anything we’ve ever head Dolores play before.”

Dolores also told the Sunday Independent that she may use time next year to take professional acting lessions. On a rather shocking sidenote, she relates that she was offered an acting part in the movie Titanic, the highest- grossing film of all time. Additionally, she was offered the chance to write music for the film. She flatly declined both offers.

There’s tons more to be read out of the new interview, so head over to theMagazines section to view full scans from the Sunday Independent. You won’t regret it.

Huge thanks to an anonymous contributor for the scans.

Source: Exclusive

New Commercial Bootleg: “Granada”

November 22, 2002  |  Comments Off on New Commercial Bootleg: “Granada”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new bootleg originating out of Spain has hit the streets, simply entitled”Granada”. The CD includes the full concert from the Palacio de los Deportes in Granada, Spain on October 23, 2002, plus bonus tracks from the band’s concert in Barcelona in March. The new disc is pressed under the “Bees Records” label and is currently confirmed to be available in Barcelona. The tracklisting goes as follows:

1. Intro
2. Analyse
3. Time is Ticking Out
4. Zombie
5. Animal Instinct
6. Linger
7. Ode to My Family
8. Put Me Down
9. Just My Imagination
10. Hollywood
11. Desperate Andy
12. Pretty
13. Daffodil Lament
14. I Can’t Be With You
15. When You’re Gone
16. New New York
17. Stars
18. Free to Decide
19. Salvation
20. Ridiculous Thoughts

1. This is the Day
2. Dying in the Sun
3. Empty
4. You and Me
5. Promises
6. Dreams

Bonus Tracks (Barcelona, March 15, 2002):
7. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
8. Zombie
9. Analyse
10. Time is Ticking Out
11. Animal Instinct
12. You and Me
13. Ode to My Family
14. Just My Imagination
15. Loud and Clear
16. Desperate Andy
17. Pretty
18. When You’re Gone
19. I Can’t Be With You

The sound quality is described as “very good.” Thanks to Jérôme for the additional help and info.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

Special Edition Hot Press Preview in Current Issue

November 22, 2002  |  Comments Off on Special Edition Hot Press Preview in Current Issue  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The newest edition the Irish entertainment magazine “Hot Press,” which hit the newsstands yesterday, carries a teaser advertisement for the “Limited Edition Collectors Issue Celebrating 10 years.” According to the ad, the special Cranberries issue will be released next week. Most immediately obvious is the new photo of Dolores in the center, which will undoubtedly be part of the new issue. Also listed are some of the goodies we can expect to be included, namely:

– Every single Hot Press article ever written on the band from the ealiest to the very latest
– Every Hot Press feature on the Cranberries, complete and unedited
– Complete Hot Press Cranberries archive material
– Exclusive pictures
– Never-before-seen memorabilia
– Brand new interviews with all members

Check out the scan below. Very special thanks to an anonymous visitor for sending the scan our way!

Source: Exclusive

Official Updated Album Sales Figures

November 19, 2002  |  Comments Off on Official Updated Album Sales Figures  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

For the first time in approximately two years, the Official Cranberries Website has updated the “Album Sales” page on in its “Stats” section. The band’s earlier albums have accumulated a few hundred thousand sales each since the last update. The band’s (approximate) sales stand currently as follows:

Everybody Else Is Doing It  7,600,000

No Need To Argue  16,700,000

To The Faithful Departed  6,200,000

Bury The Hatchet  3,300,000

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee  1,300,000

Stars – Best Of 1992-2002  1,100,000

Miscellaneous combinations / limited edition  1,800,000 approx

(These stats as of November 2002)

The updated statistics certainly clear up a bit of speculation. The Irish magazine Hot Press reported in April of 2000 that “Bury the Hatchet” had already sold 5 million, which apparently by these stats, makes it an erranous report.

Source: Official Cranberries Website

New Commercial Bootleg, Spanish Sampler

November 19, 2002  |  Comments Off on New Commercial Bootleg, Spanish Sampler  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Collectors on the lookout for the latest and greatest have two new items to look for to add to their collections.

The first is a new commercially-pressed bootleg titled simply “Live at Olympia”. The bootleg is an “excellent sound quality” recording of the October 16th Olympia Music Hall concert in Paris, France. No word yet under what label the bootleg is being manufactured, although it appears to have been crafted by the same group that released both “French Dreams” and “Les Printemps de Bourges”. (“Printemps” was released under the pseudo-label “France Inter Records.”) And, once again it seems, is listed on the back for “other info on internet.” Tracklisting is:

1. Analyse
2. New New York
3. Ode to My Family
4. Linger
5. Animal Instinct
6. Just My Imagination
7. Free to Decide
8. Hollywood
9. Desperate Andy (Long)
10. I Can’t Be With You
11. When You’re Gone
12. Stars
13. Salvation
14. Zombie
15. Ridiculous Thoughts
16. This Is The Day
17. Promises
18. Dreams

In related news, Universal Spain has sent out 5-track samplers for “Stars” to media outlets on the Iberian Peninsula. A small scan of the cover image can be seen below.

“Stars” DVD Menu Captures

November 18, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Menu Captures  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

While the “Stars” DVD was released in many regions of the world a week ago, those in North America are still waiting on the November 26th release, while those in the UK and Ireland have to wait until early December.

Nevertheless, Matteo (aka Melkain) was kind enough to make some screencaptures of the menu layout on the DVD, so take a look below.

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Rolling Stone Interview Translation

November 14, 2002  |  Comments Off on Rolling Stone Interview Translation  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Just a few days ago, you’ll no doubt recall that we posted a new interview with Dolores from the French version of Rolling Stone in the Magazines section of the site. Ever since, the discussion forums have been ablaze with speculation on what Dolores had to say…

So what is it that Dolores is talking about that has everyone running in circles? The sixth album. Here’s a human translation, done by Guillaume:

“For me, this Best Of is the end of an era and the beginning of another one. I’m not quite sure yet what the new era is going to be like, but it definately is going to be very different. The next album may not even be a Cranberries album, it could be released through another identity, be a soundtrack for a movie, what do I know? I could decide to take a new direction and try to be an actress for a year. It’s like being with someone for years and doing the same thing over and over again; there are all these things that you would like to try. So we are going to start to do it right now. You know, stretch our wings and go where we never went before.”

Huge thanks to Guillaume (aka Insider27) for the translation.

Source: Rolling Stone France

Dolores on MTV2’s “EMAs Come to Barcelona”

November 14, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores on MTV2’s “EMAs Come to Barcelona”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV’s annual European Music Awards take place tonight in Barcelona, Spain, and to celebrate, MTV2 has put together a special called “2002 EMAs Come to Barcelona”, which has been airing all week. The show highlights the sights and sounds around Barcelona’s cityscape and music scene. One segment includes several artists talking abut the city, which includes The Cranberries’ own Dolores O’Riordan in the mesh in an interview which looks to have been recorded earlier in the year.

“It’s a great gig,” Dolores said about the city, where the band has played numerous times in recent years. “They have some great wines!” she added in a segment where artists commented on Spain’s exceptional cuisine.

For those that missed the painfully short interview, we’ve made some large videocaptures which are for your viewing pleasure below.

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“Stars” DVD Scans and Screencaps

November 12, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Stars” DVD Scans and Screencaps  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The DVD “Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002” has already been released in a few select European countries. Below we have several scans of the new release, including the outer art and the inner booklet (which looks to be more comprehensive than the “Beneath the Skin” sheet). As can be seen, the art is heavily borrowed from the “Stars” album release, with a few alterations as needed.

In addition, you can check out over 100 DVD image captures here, mostly taken from the “Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” documentary and the “Stars” video.

Big thanks to Patrick for both the scans and the captures.

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Dolores to Sing for the Pope Again!

November 10, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores to Sing for the Pope Again!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Several reports on newswires out of Italy like this one are all reporting that Dolores O’Riordan is on schedule to sing for Pope John Paul II yet again this year at the 10th Annual Vatican Christmas Concert. This year’s concert will take place at the Paolo VI concert hall on December 14th, 2002. Other invitees this year (and possible duet partners!) include Alexia, Francesco Renga, Pooh, Mariella Nava, Elisa, Gigi D’Alessio, Anna Tatangelo, The Corrs, Lisa Stanfield, Bryan Ferry, Lionel Richie, Josh Groban, the ScottishPower Pipe Band, and many more.

Last year, Dolores was personally picked by the Holy Father to perform at the 9th Annual Christmas Concert. She performed “Analyse” and “Panis Angelicus” alone, “Little Drummer Boy” with Westlife, and “Silent Night” with all of the invited artists. She noted that she was incredibly honored by last year’s invitation, and a second invitation should be twice the pleasure. The concert will be broadcasted by Canal 5 in Italy, and will probably be picked up by a few other channels throughout the globe (UK Satellite channel Tara was one of the few other channels that broadcasted last year’s concert).

Thanks to several people for the tip!

Source: TgCom

Vicar St. Is Complete After All

November 9, 2002  |  Comments Off on Vicar St. Is Complete After All  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Reports that the “Stars” DVD would not include the full Vicar Street gig, which seem to have stemmed from a listing on Universal Germany have been proven to be false. Fans in some European regions where the DVD has already been released report that the full Vicar Street is included on the DVD, not just one track as Universal Germany has listed.

No word yet on the other bonuses that Universal Germany has listed — namely, an alternate version of “Just My Imagination,” and a few more live tracks. Perhaps this is the sign of multiple versions of the DVD, but that is only speculation at this point.

Thanks to cranascom for the tip.

Source: Exclusive

“Pavarotti and Friends Collection” to release on DVD

November 8, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Pavarotti and Friends Collection” to release on DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s 1995 performance in Modena, Italy for “Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia” will be included as part of an upcoming release of the deluxe “Pavarotti and Friends Collection” on DVD. The boxed set will contain 4 DVDs, which will include all seven historic “Pavarotti and Friends” concerts from 1992 until 2000, plus a bonus “My Heart’s Delight” concert.

The four DVDs will be housed in a slipcase, with a booklet containing the tracklisting for each DVD, and the menus will also support multiple languages. Dolores’ performance for Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia will be contained on Disc 2, which includes her “Linger” duet with Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and the “Ave Maria” duet with Pavarotti (which was recently included in “To the Faithful Departed: The Complete Sessions 1996-1997”). The list of other artists that appear in the set is huge, including U2, Ricky Martin, Bon Jovie, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, just to name a few.

The luxorious set will be released on November 12th in the United States with a retail price of US $79.95, no small change for sure. But you may be heartened to know that much of the proceeds from the sale of the set will go to benefit War Child’s Mostar Music Centre. War Child is a charity that Dolores has supported several times in her career, and doing so was no doubt a strong influence in the “To the Faithful Departed” ballad of the same name.

“Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia” was released last year separately on DVD in Asia only. However, with limited numbers of NTSC printings and its import status, it was an extremely hard (and expensive) item to locate, with some importers wanting upwards of $60 for the single release.

Official Site Wants Italian Fans to Make Stars

November 8, 2002  |  Comments Off on Official Site Wants Italian Fans to Make Stars  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

CranberriesItalia, The Cranberries’ Official Italian website, is asking for fans who are attending the upcoming Italian tour dates to construct stars out of posterboard to wave in the arena in order to “warmly welcome the band.” The cutouts will be held up in the audience during the song “Stars” — and any other time during the concert that fans get the urge to wave something ecstatically. The site adds, “We recommend that we all actively participate in this project in order to leave a memorable impression in the minds of our favorite artists!”

Detailed step-by-step instructions (in Italian) for making posterboard stars can be found here with several illustations — the site recommends a metallic, reflective gold paper. (As if you actually needed instructions.)

Source: CranberriesItalia

Limerick Anniversary Gig Plans in Doubt

November 3, 2002  |  Comments Off on Limerick Anniversary Gig Plans in Doubt  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A concert planned as a “Tenth Anniversary” event next summer in The Cranberries’ hometown of Limerick, Ireland may not even occur at all, according to a spokesperson for the band.

“I’m really sorry but nothing has happened with that gig,” the representative said this weekend. “We have not confirmed anything or we’re not sure if it’s going ahead even.”

The event was originally scheduled to be held in August of this year. The local Limerick Leader even reported this past March that plans for a summer event were nearly finalized to take place at the newly-built Limerick Racecourse. However, the event was later postponed to summer of 2003 by the band to adjust for the “Stars” promotional tour. The band hasn’t played in their hometown since their performance at the The Theatre Royal in December 1993.

We’ll have more on this subject (if there is any more) as it unfolds.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

New UK 1-Track “Stars” Promo, New Art

November 3, 2002  |  Comments Off on New UK 1-Track “Stars” Promo, New Art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Records in the UK has released a new 1-track promo for “Stars.” Unlike some of the previous promo releases in Europe, this new disc includes brand new custom “Stars” artwork in the same vein as the previous album and single art. The disc art, too, is different, rather than continuing the green “star” design which has been seen on both the album and single releases.

Fergal Hints at North American Tour

November 1, 2002  |  Comments Off on Fergal Hints at North American Tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a letter posted today on the Cranberries Official Website, drummer Fergal Lawler strongly hints at the possibilty of a North American tour for “early next year.”

“I managed to locate a nice winter hat for myself,” he writes, “complete with ear-flaps! It doesn’t really get that cold at home in Ireland, but I hope to get to use it in the colder climates abroad early next year!”

Now that they’ve nearly exhausted the European continent, there aren’t many “colder climates” left in the Nothern Hemisphere during the months early in the year, save for Russia, which is unlikely; after all, it will be summer during those months in the Southern Hemisphere (Sorry, Australia and South America). Not to mention the word “abroad” (i.e. across the ocean) sounds very promising!

Fergal wrote in his last letter that “We were planning our new schedule yesterday for 2003 and we are going to be touring until the beginning of April and then we will be doing some shows with some other artists in June and July to wrap up a great 2 years on the road.” The band has yet to reveal any specifics of these plans, but it sounds like we may know more about them now than we did previously.

Source: Cranberries Official Website


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