More Dolores @ Bruce Springsteen Concert

June 30, 2003  |  Comments Off on More Dolores @ Bruce Springsteen Concert  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Days ago, an article published by relayed that Dolores O’Riordan and husband Don Burton spent some time at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Dublin on May 31st. As it ends up, Dolores and hubby were among a long list of Irish entertainment personalities present, reports Eircom.

Says the article, “Then the classic ‘Thunder Road’ had the audience lost in the music and the man as the 53-year-old New Jersey icon had Dublin eating out of the palm of his hand. They even cheered his beautiful back up singer and wife Patti Scialsa. Equally beautiful on the night was Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries in a denim mini skirt alongside the stunning Morah Ryan, Marina Egan, Elizabeth Mangan and Rita Fox. Gerry Ryan wore a Hawaiian shirt. Harry Crosbie was all in black as was Lillie’s Bordello owner Dave Egan with his wife Mairead. The Irish football team were there with manager Brian Kerr. It was great to have the E Street Band back. The gang was all here.

“‘This was one of the greatest shows that we’ve ever put onin Ireland in over 40 years,’ said promoter Peter Aiken. Jumping up and down to Born to Run, beside him, Dolores O’Riordan and Marina Egan seemed to agree. “

Peter Aiken is president of Aiken Promotions, who promoted The Cranberries’ gig at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, only two days prior to the Springsteen concert.

Source: Eircom

Fergal Puts a Cap on Summer Tour

June 27, 2003  |  Comments Off on Fergal Puts a Cap on Summer Tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

An update on The Cranberries’ Official Site yesterday included a letter from Fergal, reflecting on the band’s tour with The Rolling Stones. With an entourage the size of a small town, The Rolling Stones’ backstage and production crew left Fergal feeling “awe inspired.”

“We have never been on a tour the size of the ‘Stones one and it was seriously exciting and at times, awe inspiring even! The stage and the behind-the-scenes production were an incredible sight to behold,'” Fergal stated.

And excited to mention his personal meeting with the ‘Stones and AC/DC, Fergal commented that despite his “star-struck” feeling in the presence of the legendary rockers, everyone treated The Cranberries “really well”. Fergal notes that Dolores and AC/DC singer, Brian Johnson, got along especially well… perhaps even well enough to work together in the future.

According to Fergal, The Cranberries are now preparing for their upcoming outdoor festival in Killarney that includes the Counting Crows. Fergal mentions high expectations for a laid-back experience, since the band has toured with Counting Crows in the past. With shows on their home-soil of Ireland, The Cranberries are preparing to perform among family and friends, and for the familial festivities sure to follow.

Though The Cranberries stint with The Rolling Stones has come to an end, Fergal reveals that excitement amongst the band is still raging on. Since the Killarney show will be the last live show of the year for The Cranberries, the band is eager to make the most of their time on stage.

Following the band’s holiday in July, Fergal’s letter states that The Cranberries will be returning to the studio to continue work on the sixth album for the remainder of 2003.

To read all about it, in Fergal’s own words, visit The Cranberries Official Web Site to check out yesterday’s update, including more fan reviews of the live European shows.

Source: Official Site

Reporter Spends 48 Hours with The Cranberries

June 27, 2003  |  Comments Off on Reporter Spends 48 Hours with The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Most fans are content just to share a few minutes with their favorite artists — for a handshake, photo, autograph, or some combination of the three. But could you imagine spending 48 hours with Dolores and the rest of The Cranberries? That’s what one reporter for the Irish-based Unison news network did late last year in Milan (likely at the same time as the author of the lengthy Sunday Independent article). The author, who is not credited by name, has published a short article about the experience in conjunction with the ongoing Killarney Summerfest, where The Cranberries performed tonight.

The author writes, “Dolores’s vehement denunciations of the world in press interviews circa 1996 that revealed a core of self-loathing have long gone. I hung out with her and Don and the rest of the Cranberries for 48 hours in Milan six months ago and we had an absolute six-bottles-of-red-wine howl. But more important than the vino, the Cranberries on stage earlier that night were mesmeric.”

And as if the two-day-long hang-out session weren’t enough to make you fume with jealousy, the reporter bumped into Dolores again only a little over a week ago at a Bruce Springsteen concert. The writer recounts, “Dolores has no self-censorship and will tell you the first thing that comes into her mind. This is very endearing: most superstars talk in soundbites without saying very much. Once you get Dolores going, she can’t be shut up. I met her at the Bruce Springsteen concert the other week and she talked all the way through the Boss’s three-hour set on everything from supporting the Rolling Stones to Limerick, from her daughter to God, and back again. It was a memorable experience. (And Bruce wasn’t bad either – from the bits I heard.)”

Although the article only contains one short interview bit, there are lots of interesting details to be read — including some more bits about the soldier- kissing that inspired “Linger.” For those without access to, the full article is below:

Cranberries take the rough rock ‘n’ roll with the smooth pop

Sunday June 22nd 2003

POP is about an ephemeral impulse – usually teenage longing. The songs are conceived to be quickly consumed, not analysed like a philosophical tract by Socrates or Goethe.

Occasionally, however, a truly perfect pop song emerges that transcends time and place and imprints itself indelibly on our consciousness. Though hardly representative of the band’s music at all, Linger by the Cranberries is one such song for me. Written by Dolores O’Riordan and Mike Hogan, it is one of the greatest – and most melancholic – Irish pop songs ever set to vinyl.

From the Limerick group’s debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in 1993, Linger features floating strings over a gorgeous orchestration married to Dolores’s funeral-soul dynamics:

“If you, if you could return,” sings Dolores, “don’t let it burn, don’t let it fade. I’m sure I’m not being rude, but’s just your attitude. It’s tearing me apart – it’s ruining everything.” The song was allegedly inspired by Dolores’s first boyfriend, a 17-year-old Irish soldier who wrote her tender love letters from Lebanon after they broke up.

Sadly, there was a lot more pain involved when Dolores wrote Zombie, in response to the IRA bomb in Warrington. She can vividly remember seeing one of the devastated mothers of the boys who were killed on television.

Dolores felt sad for her that she’d carried him for nine months and then some “prick, some airhead who thought he was making a point, did that”. Like Sinead before her, you have to admire Dolores’s outspoken character.

Still, the Dolores I know is also a gentle, sweet, intuitive, neo-spiritual person with a sense of otherness about her (and a particularly filthy sense of humour).

In 2000, Dolores was walking through the trees near where she lives in Kilmallock, pushing her newborn daughter Molly in her pram. She can recall having an epiphany that literally rushed out of her. She felt like she was the one in the pram and her own mother was standing over her. She raced back to the house with the song that had just entered her head. Within an hour, she had created Perfect Day on the piano.

Dolores has no self-censorship and will tell you the first thing that comes into her mind. This is very endearing: most superstars talk in soundbites without saying very much. Once you get Dolores going, she can’t be shut up. I met her at the Bruce Springsteen concert the other week and she talked all the way through the Boss’s three-hour set on everything from supporting the Rolling Stones to Limerick, from her daughter to God, and back again. It was a memorable experience. (And Bruce wasn’t bad either – from the bits I heard.)

Dolores is a happy camper – the polar opposite of the outdated media image of her as Ms Sulky Knickers. Marriage (to Don Burton) and motherhood (Molly and Taylor) clearly suits her. The erstwhile Mouth of the Shannon is a changed woman now, embracing life and its infinite possibilities.

Dolores’s vehement denunciations of the world in press interviews circa 1996 that revealed a core of self-loathing have long gone. I hung out with her and Don and the rest of the Cranberries for 48 hours in Milan six months ago and we had an absolute six-bottles-of-red-wine howl. But more important than the vino, the Cranberries on stage earlier that night were mesmeric.

I had never seen them before live and I had my suspicions about their music. All of that fell away after about the second song in. Dolores has such power on stage. Her voice is a potent and evocative instrument: imagine a Caucasian Nina Simone on LSD. Add to this the fantastic musicianship of the rest of the band who played out of their skins for that night. Onstage in front of 20,000 screaming Italians, the Cranberries were truly an exercise in how to play almost Metallica-heavy rock one minute and the most tender pop the next.

The Cranberries play Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co Kerry on Friday 27 June as part of the Killarney Summer Fest 2003


More Hot Press Private Gig Photos

June 19, 2003  |  Comments Off on More Hot Press Private Gig Photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

You’ll recall that this past March, The Cranberries played at a secretunannounced concert for the launch of the Hot Press Yearbook, an industry- centric publication of who’s who in the Irish music biz.

The website for The Sugar Club, the intimate Dublin venue where the event took place has published two more photos of the band in addition to the one that was previously available from the band’s official site. Check them out below.

More news on Zombieguide soon.


Source: The Sugar Club

Irish Newspaper Reviews Cranberries Official Website

June 19, 2003  |  Comments Off on Irish Newspaper Reviews Cranberries Official Website  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Reviews of CDs or live gigs are common, online or in print. But last Thursday (June 12th), the Irish newspaper The Tuam Herald published a full review ofThe Cranberries Official Website, and since it’s something we rarely see reviewed, we’re bringing it to you.

One of the first things that the newspaper pointed out was that the variety of content which should please both the hardcore fan and the casual web surfer. The Tuam Herald compliments the weekly news updates, which are better-than-average for a large portion of bands’ official sites.

The “Back” button, a biology-textbook-like graphic of a cell, was one facet that annoyed the reviewer. “Maybe I’m just not reading the image right but the ‘back’ button resembles an overhead view of a hole on a golf course, which I’ve seen more times on TV coverage of the PGA tour than on a band’s site, somehow I’m sure that wasn’t the intention of its designer.”

The reviewer also confessed that he wasn’t overly fond of some official pages because they are set up with the primary intention of selling merchandise. Although The Cranberries’ site does indeed include an online store, the reviewer praised the fact that it is not the site’s main focus.

Other positively-rated aspects included the complete lyrics section, varying layout designs from section to section, and the photogallery. Negative drawbacks were the lack of a completely updated biography (the current one ends at 2001) and the reviewer’s inability to load the plug-in required for the online game.

In summary, the reviewer noted, “The official website is definitely one of their (The Cranberries’) better productions and seems to give and offer something to the real hard-line fan and those who like the music but are really only passing through on the web.” The site was given a final score of 8 out of 10, not bad indeed!

Source: The Tuam Herald

Vaughan Also Working on Dolores Solo Tracks

June 18, 2003  |  Comments Off on Vaughan Also Working on Dolores Solo Tracks  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide reported a month ago that British Music Programmer Matthew Vaughan has been programming new material for The Cranberries since the beginning of the year.

Now another update on the website for the Smoothside Organisation shows that not only has Vaughan been working on the band’s new songs, but on Dolores O’Riordan’s solo songs as well.

Dolores recorded the songs in London in April. According to drummer Fergal Lawler, “She feels [the songs] would be more suited to using as movie soundtrack material rather than Cranberries material. She said it’s very moody / atmospheric stuff with mostly piano and vocal so I’m looking forward to hearing it. It’s healthy to do things like that outside of the band as it eliminates the feeling of being ‘trapped.'” The Cranberries Official Website has been careful to explicitly state that Dolores is not recording a solo album.

Will Vaughan’s programming involvement relate to that “moody atmospheric” vibe that Fergal was referring to? Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out.

Source: Smoothside Organisation

Full-Length MP3s of “Astral Projection” and “In It Together”

June 16, 2003  |  Comments Off on Full-Length MP3s of “Astral Projection” and “In It Together”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Because not all of us will have the chance to catch one of The Cranberries’ coveted live shows this summer, the site Pretty Eyes has posted full-length .mp3s of the new songs, “Astral Projection” and “In It Together”, performed live at The Cranberries show in Bolzano, Italy on June 8th. Though the files are quite large, and the audio quality is less than perfect, these full-length .mp3s are definitely worth your time.

The Pretty Eyes web site is published in French; however locating the links to the files is easy for viewers of any language. Just look for “Astral Projection” and “In It Together” on the site’s main page. Each file is about 3 megabytes, so the download time for those with a dial-up internet connection may keep you waiting. Nevertheless, for fans who haven’t been able to snag tickets to one of The Cranberries’ European shows, these downloads are precious commodities indeed.

Source: Pretty Eyes

“Ode” Live Performance on Brazilian DVD

June 16, 2003  |  Comments Off on “Ode” Live Performance on Brazilian DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new DVD released for the Brazilian market includes a live performance of “Ode to My Family,” taken from a European Cranberries performance from 1996.

Entitled “Rock Revolution”, the disc promises “the best contemporary rock ‘n’ roll concerts.” A large variety of “rock” acts are featured, everything from Ozzy Osbourne to Shania Twain, and everything in the middle. The disc is encoded in Region 0 NTSC format, making it playable on most DVD systems that support the NTSC format. The DVD is a total of 82 minutes long, with both Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 sound available. English lyric subtitles are also encoded on the disc.

Exactly which performance (date and venue) of “Ode to My Family” is on the disc is unknown. Also unknown is if the DVD is actually fully licensed. The lack of a major company logo on the DVD might arouse bootleg suspicions, but even if so, the inclusion of Dolby Digital and subtitles suggest this is more than just a homemade release.

Tracklisting is:

01. QUEEN – Radio ga ga (2002 – BBC)
02. QUEEN – We will rock you (2002 – BBC)
03. QUEEN – We are the champions (2002 – BBC)
04. QUEEN – Bohemian Rhapsody (2002 – BBC)
05. OZZY OSBOURNE – Paranoid (1986 – Princes Trust Event)
06. ROD STEWART – Handbags and gladrags (2002 – BBC)
07. URIAH HEEP – Medley: The Wizard / Paradise / Spell / Circle of Hands (1993)
08. JOE COCKER – You and I (1998)
09. CRANBERRIES – Ode to my family (1996)
10. SHANIA TWAIN – Man I feel like a woman (1998 – Princes Trust Event)
11. SAXON – Wheels of steel (1993)
12. TINA TURNER – Better be good to me (1993 – BBC)
13. TINA TURNER & ERIC CLAPTON – Tearing us apart (1993)
14. VAN MORRISON – Orange field (1993 – BBC)
15. IAN GILLAN – Smoke on the water (1993)
16. BRYAN ADAMS – Hearts on fire (1998 – BBC)

No word yet on any release outside of Brazil, if any.

Video Clips of Cranberries’ Opening for The Stones

June 11, 2003  |  Comments Off on Video Clips of Cranberries’ Opening for The Stones  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries, a website that covers wireless mobile devices (particularly cell phone hybrids) has put the Microsoft Smartphone’s camera functions to the test. Microsoft’s Smartphone is one of several new cell phone hybrid devices which will allow you to take pictures or even record audio and video clips and send them to friends via MMS or e-mail.

So where did they take it? The Rolling Stones’ second concert in Munich, Germany on June 6th. Luckily for us, PPCW captured some footage of The Cranberries performing, and even more luckily for us, the footage quality is rather impressive — for a phone, at least. In addition to the video clips, it appears they also took a shot of The Cranberries’ performance with the still camera function.

The Cranberries, opening for the Stones on June 6th, taken with a Microsoft Smartphone

“This is the Day,” Live in Munich, 06/06/2003 AVI clip, 18 sec, 600 kb

“Zombie,” Live in Munich, 06/06/2003 AVI clip, 31 sec, 1.04 mb

Now we’re no experts on cell phones, but we just gotta say damn! To have such decent quality out of something so small (and whose primary function isn’t even recording these things), it’s rather impressive. Pretty soon, we’ll be recording whole bootlegs with a cell phone… RIAA beware!


More on Fergal & Headgear

June 9, 2003  |  Comments Off on More on Fergal & Headgear  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has dug up some more details concerning how and why The Cranberries’ own Fergal Lawler decided to do some guest drumming for Limerick-based band Headgear back in April.

We reported that Fergal had done the gig as a the return of a favor, although for what, we did not know at the time. We now know that Darragh Dukes was once a member of the band known as They Do It with Mirrors — which should sound very familiar to the hardcore Cranberries fan. They Do It with Mirrors was one of the first bands that The Cranberry Saw Us opened for, and now Fergal has paid back the favor, some 12 years later.

According to Hot Press, most who attended the April 23rd gig at Dublin’s The Village didn’t even know The Cranberries’ drummer was present. Fergal walked onto the stage unannounced halfway through the concert, walking to the back of the stage and hiding behind a an oversized drum kit while playing the remainder of the set.

The gig was attended by several A&R scouts, including Warners, Polydor and Sony. Hope they weren’t scouting the drummer!

Thanks to Jessica van Kessel for getting the info for us!

Source: Hot Press

Official Site Reveals a Smorgasbord of Information

June 7, 2003  |  Comments Off on Official Site Reveals a Smorgasbord of Information  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries Summer Tour in support of The Rolling Stones is, thus far, going “fantastically”! That’s what the band is saying about the shows performed so far in Belfast, London and in Munich. In a big news update posted today on The Cranberries Official Site, the band reveals that “Astral Projection” and “In It Together”, the two new songs being performed at shows throughout this tour, was co-written by Dolores and Noel. In briefly noting these two new songs, the Official site provides a link for downloading a low quality, massive file size, fan-made video of “Astral Projection” from the French site Pretty Eyes.

And here’s a new name to note: Paul Russell. He’s a producer at RTE Radio in Dublin, Ireland. According to The Cranberries Official site, Dolores is collaborating with RTE producer Paul Russell to write her biography. The Official site does say that Russell is in the process of “rummaging through the Cranberries’ archives” to find information of interest to fans of The Cranberries.

Paul Russell’s autobiography is expected to be available some time in 2004. And as Zombieguide delves further into the life of Paul Russell and his Cranberries connection, we’ll bring you more details.

RTE Radio’s Paul Russell

Another project in which Dolores will be participating, is a studio collaboration with “Italian recording legend”, Zucchero. Word from the band’s Official site is that Dolores will be participating in a Zuccero “Duets” album, covering a song worthy of being known as a “rock classic”. Dolores will be among friends, as the project is also planning to include duets with Bono, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, and Pavarotti.

You can learn more about Zuccero’s blues-infused music by visiting his official web site at The site is available for viewing in both Italian and English languages.

In addition to the Official site’s ‘News’ update, the site has also posted new Fan Reviews of some of the shows performed this summer, while encouraging concert-goers to keep submitting input and opinions.

To read more, visit The Cranberries’ Official site.

Source: The Cranberries Official Web Site

Official Merchandise Features Work By “The Hand”

June 7, 2003  |  Comments Off on Official Merchandise Features Work By “The Hand”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

All of us here at Zombieguide are blown away by the artwork of Maurizio Di Bona, “The Hand”. We’ve featured some of his incredible caricature representations of The Cranberries in Zombieguide’s Cran Fanatics section. But the big news is that we at Zombieguide aren’t the only ones impressed with The Hand. The Cranberries have received permission from Maurizio Di Bona to use his work for the design of several new promotional merchandise items. Soon, The Cranberries’ Official Site will make available, for purchase, a collection of new items featuring the work of The Hand. These items include two new posters, a five-postcard set, and a magnet. A new T-shirt, featuring The Hand’s cartoon likeness of Dolores, is already available on the site’s ‘Shopping’ section.

Source: The Cranberries Official Web Site

More London Concert Photos

June 7, 2003  |  Comments Off on More London Concert Photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Olivia Shaff has sent in more photos taken from The Cranberries’ performance at London’s Astoria earlier this week. Check them out below. Thanks Olivia!

Zombieguide will have more news on The Crans’ 2003 summer Euro tour as it happens!


Double Exclusive: “In It Together” and “The Sun Does Rise” Videos

June 3, 2003  |  Comments Off on Double Exclusive: “In It Together” and “The Sun Does Rise” Videos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We hope you’ve got plenty of bandwidth to spare — you’re about to be hit with two Zombieguide video exclusives!

The first is the very first clip online of the brand new song “In It Together”, filmed last night at the London . Granted, it’s nothing near studio quality — 14 seconds, mono sound, horrible bass. However, it’s just the first crumb of the sixth album, so we can expect plenty more to come! The clip was filmed and submitted by Mickael Leopold — THANKS Mickael!

Below is a photo that Mickael took at the show.

“In It Together,” Live in London, 06/02/2003 14 sec, AVI clip, 3.9 mb

Our second offering is the full extremely rare and elusive music video for”The Sun Does Rise”, Dolores O’Riordan’s 1994 duet with Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart. This, too, is the clip’s first time online and we’re proud to bring it to you. Many thanks to Norbert of Zombieguide Europe for encoding it for us. Don’t forget to visit the video section.

“The Sun Does Rise” music video MPEG, 30 mb

More exclusive videos very soon!!

Source: Exclusive

More Belfast Concert Impressions

June 2, 2003  |  Comments Off on More Belfast Concert Impressions  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Nigel and Pamela Bernstein have sent in their impressions of last Thursday’s Belfast concert. Here’s what they have to write:

“ANALYZE to start – good opener. The highlights for us were STARS (great chorus), PROMISES (played with real power – Mike’s bass seemed to go up a notch for PROMISES – really effective) and NEW NEW YORK (very emotional – great live song). Of the slower songs our favourites on the night were YOU AND ME and WHEN YOU’RE GONE.

“Dolores was on top form – full of energy – she really worked hard to connect with the audience – and the crowd responded really well – dancing and singing along. Her outfits were great – black pants with the flame pattern down the side – with a number of different tops – one had “ASTRAL PROJECTIONS” on it – another had “DOLORES O’RIORDAN” – for the encores, a floaty lined dress with colour co-ordinated Doc Martens. She threw her arm-band into the crowd and her towel. The whole band seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

“The two new songs sounded good. Dolores seemed to refer to a piece of paper with the words on for the second song – I think she said something about “only learning it today.” As far as I can remember, the new songs were typical Cranberries – melodic with strong choruses.

“From our seats on the left balcony we got a great view of Noel – he plays guitar in a really unique way – on Daffodil Lament we got a good view of him using the “Ebow” thing (or whatever it is called) to get that bowed guitar sound.

“We are looking forward to seeing the Cranberries in Milan for the Stones support gig next week – we have tickets for the inner enclosure – so we’ll be somewhere near the stage – should be a good night – 60,000 people I believe – will Dolores be doing a duet with Mick Jagger?

Did you get to attend the Belfast show, or will you be attending one of the ones coming up soon? We at Zombieguide want your concert photos and impressions — especially your impressions of the new songs — MP3’s, setlists, merchandise/memorabilia scans, and pretty much anything related to the upcoming set of gigs. Send in your submissions here!

Source: Exclusive

Fergal Makes Appearance as Guest Drummer for Headgear

June 1, 2003  |  Comments Off on Fergal Makes Appearance as Guest Drummer for Headgear  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Although The Cranberries have spent the past few months writing and recording, it appears that not all of the the band members’ energies have been spent on The Cranberries. Fergal, at least, spent some time a month ago drumming for the Limerick-based band Headgear.

According to an article on Hot Press, Fergal played as special guest for Headgear’s April 23rd gig. Headgear currently consists of only one permanent member, singer, guitarist, and trumpeter extraoidinaire Daragh Dukes. Dukes currently collaborates with several other musicians for his live set, with people filling in parts for vocals, samples, clairinet and percussion. According to Hot Press, Dukes and Lawler are “old mates” and that Fergal did the gig as a favor to his old friend.

For more about Headgear or to listen to an MP3 sample of Dukes’s work, go here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE). We’ll have more details from Hot Press on the event as soon as we can get them (which may be a few weeks — if you are subscribed to Hot Press Online and can get the article for us, please let us know!!).

Source: Hot Press


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