New Dolores Interview in Ireland’s “Women’s Way”

January 28, 2004  |  Comments Off on New Dolores Interview in Ireland’s “Women’s Way”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

It appears that The Irish Daily Star’s recent quote from Dolores was gleaned from a new interview that appears in the Irish weekly magazine “Women’s Way.”

The January 18th issue of the News of the World newspaper has also republished several bits from the interview; The News of the World’s article can be read below.

If any of our Irish visitors can get a copy of the new “Woman’s Way,” please email us! (And if you can buy me a copy of the new interview, let me know!)


BYLINE: Nick Bramhill
LIFE on the Rock ‘n’ Roll road isn’t all its crack-ed up to be, according to former Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan.
She believes it can lead to loneliness, heartbreak and drugs.
And now Dolores has shocked fans by ditching her rebellious rock-chick image for family life.
The Limerick-born singer told Woman’s Way magazine: “The hardest thing before I married was going home, because there was nothing to go home to.
“I realised all the money in the world wasn’t going to buy me love and I got to a point when I needed real love – and real people.”
That’s when she married Canadian Don Burton and started a family. Now she says all she wants to do is watch her two children grow up.
But the former church organist said she NEVER got into drugs in her 13-year career.
“Drugs have touched me insofar as I’ve seen how much damage they can do.
“Pressure is always there and people need an escape from it, but drugs are too dangerous.”
Dolores has temporarily split from The Cranberries to concentrate on solo projects at her second home in Toronto, Canada.
But she insists she’s just as hooked on the music business, as she was when The Cranberries first burst on to the scene in 1990.
“We were together for 13 years and we felt it was time for a much needed break,” she explained.
“But when I’m 40, I want to be up on stage just like Tina Turner – me in my stilletos.”

Source: News of the World

Dolores: I Wanna Be a Rockin’ 40-Year-Old Mum!

January 23, 2004  |  Comments Off on Dolores: I Wanna Be a Rockin’ 40-Year-Old Mum!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

In a short new interview published in yesterday’s (January 22nd) issue of the Irish Daily Star, Dolores confirms that she intends to continue her career long into the future.

She tells The Irish Star, “My personal ambition is to see my two kids grow up healthy and intelligent, happy and proud of me. And maybe one day standing in the audience at a gig shouting up at me to rock my socks o . When I’m 40 I want to be up on stage like Tina Turner — me in my stilettos!”

In the brief article, Dolores relates at how much of an influencer her mother has been in her life, and how much of a lifesaver The Cranberries’ 1996 break was.

The article also carries a new photo of Dolores taken at the Leonard Sexton exhibition this past November, although we don’t yet know if it’s the same one that The Star published on November 27th.

We will try our best to get a scan of the article and photo available. Huge thanks to Kiao for sending us the transcription. The full article is below:


“Dolores to grow old on stage”
Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan says her ambition is to be back on stage by the age of 40.
The mother of two who is living in Toronto with husband Don Burton says she wants to see her children to grow up proud of her — and to see her perform.
“My personal ambition is to see my two kids grow up healthy and intelligent, happy and proud of me. And maybe one day standing in the audience at a gig shouting up at me to rock my socks o .”
“When I’m 40 I want to be up on stage like Tina Turner — me in my stilettos!”
The star says The Cranberries have temporarily split up as she wants to be a full time mum.
“It was getting predictable and lacking in challenge — it’s time to experiment,” said Dolores.
She says that has her mum Eileen to thank for keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
“She taught me from childhood that there was no one in the world quite like me, and that whatever i wanted to do with my life, I absolutely could.”
O’Riordan says she reckons she wouldn’t have survived had she not taken a break in the mid 1990’s.
“Basically what I wanted was a career break, but a lot of people around me didn’t want to hear that.”

Source: Irish Daily Star

Illawarra Mercury: “Zombie” Best Song of Summer 1994

January 17, 2004  |  Comments Off on Illawarra Mercury: “Zombie” Best Song of Summer 1994  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In their January 9th issue, editors of the Australian newspaper “Illawarra Mercury” compiled a list of the best songs of summer from the past 10 years, and The Cranberries’ are at the top of their list for the 1994-1995 season. In order to be considered, all songs on the list had to spend time at #1 on the Australian charts.

According to the paper, “Zombie” is one example of an “upbeat, party song that wedges itself so far into your head nothing short of a lobotomy is going to get it out… That song that is always being played in the car radio; the one that you’re singing in your head and you don’t even know how it got there. In fact, you didn’t even know you knew the words.”

“In the hottest months of the year we were listening to Dolores O’Riordan bang on about ‘their tanks and their bombs and their bombs and their gons’, Okay, the last word was actually ‘guns’, but her accent twisted it into ‘gons’. A serious song about the conflict in their Northern Ireland homeland, it might have skated under our… radar if it weren’t for the really cool grinding guitar that runs through the song. Released during the tail-end of grunge, it was a guitar sound we were used to.”

Here’s the full list of “Best Songs of Summer” that the editors picked for the past 10 years:

Other notable contenders of the past 10 years mentioned are No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and Oasis’s “Wonderwall.”

Source: Illawarra Mercury Auctions 7 Cranberries Gold Awards for Charity

January 17, 2004  |  Comments Off on Auctions 7 Cranberries Gold Awards for Charity  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries, Sweden’s largest online CD, DVD, and game vendor, is teaming up with Universal Music Sweden to auction a series of gold and platinum award plaques for charity.

CeDe manager Eric Bachmann told German newspaper Blick,”Right now we have a minimum bid for each item. For Sting’s double platinum that includes an original autograph, we’ve set it at 1200 CHF ($960 US)… [there are] seven gold disks from the Cranberries. In addition platinum and gold from Sheryl Crow… all between 100 CFH ($80) and 300 CHF ($230).” Other Universal artists in the auction include Zucchero, The Cure, Andrea Bocelli, Texas, Metallica, and Tears for Fears.

The seven gold awards from The Cranberries are all in recognition of sales of 20,000 in Sweden for “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.” The seven plaques were presented to MCA, UMI International, Mike Hogan, Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, Jay Boberg (MCA President), and Lewis Kovac (former Cranberries manager). Currently, all seven stand at around 300 CHF, or about $230 US. The auctions end on January 22nd and you must be registered to bid.

The three charities receiving the proceeds from the auction are Terre des Hommes (Land of the People), Stiftung der Elternvereinigung krebskranker Kinder (Fund for Parents of Children with Cancer), and Susy Utzinger Stiftung für Tierschutz (Susy Utzinger Fund for Animal Protection).

Click the golden flash banner on the left side of to access the auction site.

Zucchero to Unveil Duet Songs on Saturday

January 16, 2004  |  Comments Off on Zucchero to Unveil Duet Songs on Saturday  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

As we noted previously, Italian blues man Zucchero is holding a special “fan summit” of sorts this coming Saturday, inviting his O cial Fanclub to meet him in Polesella, Italy to ask questions and, it has now been confirmed, to get a sneak peek at his upcoming duets album.

Lucky Zucchero fans who attend the meeting will likely be the first to hear the completed version of Dolores O’Riordan’s duet of Zucchero’s “Puro Amore.”

As a precaution against leaks of the recordings, fans are prohibited from taking audio or video recorders to the conference. So although we may not be able to hear it online, we are very likely to have Zucchero fans’ impressions of the duet on Saturday, in addition to more expected news about the duets album.

So be sure to check back on Saturday, as we will have news from the fan conference as it happens.

Source: Un Po’ di Zucchero Changes Servers

January 11, 2004  |  Comments Off on Changes Servers  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Although The Cranberries’ Official Website has been mysteriously inactive for months, a look at the website’s registration record suggests that there has been some movement behind the scenes, as the website was transferred this week to a different hosting company.

On January 6, the Official Website was transferred from Irish-based hosting company Elive to Atlanta-based Interland, a company that specializes in small- and medium-sized businesses. Elive was also Zombieguide’s previous hosting company. Elive had hosted the Official Site since it opened in January 1998.

A whois database lookup for the site shows that Alan McEvoy, The Cranberries’ longtime financial consultant, has been designated as the administrative contact after the band parted ways with former manager Lewis Kovac in September.

It appears that the bare-bones website for Timeless Music Management is still hosted by Elive and that no changes were made to the registration record.

In related news, the shopping cart function on the “Shopping” section of the site has been disabled, making it impossible to purchase anything from the site. (Update: Savannah has posted in the Forums that the shopping cart is working, although it still doesn’t functionn for us.)

No word on why the band’s administration ended their long-term relationship with Elive. The lack of any updates in the past 4 months caused some to fear the worst for the site’s future. However, the server move suggests that the site will be online at least for the foreseeable future.

As to when we’ll see an official update, that’s anyone’s guess. Until then (and even after then), stay tuned to Zombieguide for the latest Cranberries developments, official or otherwise.

Source: Exclusive

Zucchero Duets Album Due in Late April

January 7, 2004  |  Comments Off on Zucchero Duets Album Due in Late April  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

According to the latest issue of Italian music magazine Sorrisi e Canzoni, Zucchero’s duets album is on schedule for a release in April or May (Given the recent slew of delays, we’ll bet on the latter).

Zucchero told an Italian newspaper weeks ago that the tentative title of the album is “Made of Stars.” However, Zucchero has been known to change album titles multiple times before their release, we might expect the same for this one.

Though there still isn’t a whole lot of info about the duets album, Zucchero is holding an o cial fanclub meeting in Polesella, Italy, on January 17th, where he will answer fans’ questions, so we can no doubt expect much more information on that date.

For more on the progress of Zucchero’s duets album, be sure to check out Un Po’ di Zucchero.

Source: Un Po’ di Zucchero

Ronan Keating Spreads Cranberries Christmas Joy

January 5, 2004  |  Comments Off on Ronan Keating Spreads Cranberries Christmas Joy  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On Christmas Day, Britain’s BBC Radio 2 invited Irish celebrity Ronan Keating to host an hour and a half special entitled “Ronan Keating’s Celtic Christmas.” Keating was not only hosted the show, but was given full control over what songs were played on the program. In a move that the BBC website called “surprising,” he chose a Cranberries song for the program, along with selections by fellow countrymen Christy Moore, Clannad, Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, and Jackson Browne.

No word on what song he played during the evening Christmas special.

Source: BBC Radio 2

Jam El Mar Explains Jam & Spoon Album Delay

January 5, 2004  |  Comments Off on Jam El Mar Explains Jam & Spoon Album Delay  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Polydor Island Germany has confirmed that the forthcoming Jam & Spoon album “Tripomatic Fairytales 3003” has been delayed until April 5th. Dolores O’Riordan’s collaboration with the group entitiled “Mirror Lover” is the fourth track on the album.

Jam El Mar (alias Rolf Ellmer), one half of the duo Jam & Spoon, explained the delay in an interview last month with “You were mentioning January 5, 2004 as release date of the album… this will be pushed a bit further into the year. It really depends on how the single fares in the charts, whether it gets to the position we would like it to see it in, so it might well be February or March. So don’t be angry with us if the record isn’t in the shops on January 5, 2004 because that’s simply to do with marketing techniques, that we haven’t reached quite enough people in order to sell the album successfully. So then it will be moved a little further.”

In the same interview Jam revealed that he and partner Mark Spoon had to make a special trip to Toronto to record Dolores’s vocals: “That was recorded in Toronto simply because Dolores is married to a Canadian and she also has a family, I think she has three or four kids, and she didn’t really want to pop over to Germany but was interested in the project, so she said, can you come over? And that was no problem at all, I think I flew over on a Saturday, we recorded on the Sunday and that Sunday evening I was back on the plane to Frankfurt.”

Even more interesting, Jam reveals that the duo are considering a tour which would consist of all of the singers on the album. However, he admits that this might only be a pipe dream, but that they are investigating to see if it could be done. “It could be that we will do something in the summer, it’s a bit di cult logistically getting all the di erent singers together in one place,” he admits, “We would have to – if you wanted to do this properly – get all the singers together and do this in a few cities or so… of course, it isn’t that easy to put together with all these superstars. But who knows, maybe we’ll find a way. It would be an interesting thing to do having a di erent singer for each number on stage. But it could also be di cult.. so we are discussing it, and are also partly working on the idea but really do not know that exactly whether it can be put into practice or not. But if and when it happens you will most probably hear of it!”

You can read the whole interview in English here or in German here.

Zombieguide will have more on the upcoming release of “Tripomatic
Fairytales 3003″ as we know it.

Sources:, Polydor Island Germany


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