Sunday Mirror: Noel “Will Return with The Cranberries”

May 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Sunday Mirror: Noel “Will Return with The Cranberries”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday, the Sunday Mirror tabloid (Eire edition) published a new interview with Noel Hogan that should warm the heart of any Cranberries fan: He insists the band will regroup, but he’s not sure when.

Noel also revealed that the Cranberries didn’t intend to start doing solo projects until they had finished their uncompleted sixth album. However, with a number of personal issues, including the illness of Dolores’s mother- in-law, the band decided to take a break earlier than planned.

Here’s the full article:


CRANBERRIES guitarist Noel Hogan said the band WILL be back – but not until they have finished their own solo work.

Millionaire Noel – who wrote some of the band’s biggest hits including Linger and Dreams – has just released a new album with his Mono Band.

But he insists that some day he will reunite with his band members and make more Cranberries music.

He said: “We went into the studio almost three years ago and we had started to demo the next album.

“We only had about four or five tracks done when Dolores’s mother-in-law became ill and she had to go back to Canada for a while.

“There was no real rush to get another album out – we weren’t under any real obligations to anyone to get one done.

“We had originally planned to take a break and do our own projects after another album but because of the circumstances we decided to just go and do what we wanted there and then.

“We will see what happens down the road and we haven’t given ourselves any time frame as everyone wanted the time and space to do their own projects properly.

“But definitely at some point we will pick up the phone to each other and say that it’s time to regroup.”

Dolores O’Riordan is working on a solo album which is scheduled for release next month [Editor’s note: this should say “next year,” not “next month”] and Fergal Lawler is also working on his on projects.

Noel said: “Obviously I see Mike as he’s my brother and he’s been helping me out with my live shows by playing in my band.

“I still speak to Ferg and Dolores the odd time on the phone but it’s not like it used to be when we were practically living in each other’s pockets for years.”

Already Mono Band are in demand in America and Noel admits that being in The Cranberries has helped his solo project take off.

But he also has a lot to live up to which is making the 33-year- old very nervous.

Noel said: “There has been a lot of interest in the album in America – we’ve already done a few gigs out there and a few of the tracks have been picked up by radio.

“Being in The Cranberries has opened doors for Mono Band – it has made us much easier than if we were fresh out of the box.”

Noel still lives in Limerick with his wife Catherine and children Sophie, five, and Rachel, four.

He said: “I think it is possible to have an international music career and still be based in Ireland.

“In many ways if I hadn’t stayed in Ireland my personality and everything would have changed and I would have lost the whole idea of what it is to be in a band.”

The Sunday Mirror is also giving away tickets to Mono Band’s gig at Whelan’s at the Budrising Festival. Here’s how to enter:

NOEL Hogan’s Mono Band is just one of the acts that play the BudRising Dublin City Festival from June 1-7.

BudRising will bring music lovers seven days and nights of inspirational sounds in 23 indoor and outdoor venues across Dublin city centre.

Beck, The Las, Jimmy Cliff, Dizzee Rascal, Echo And The Bunnymen and Noel Hogan from the Cranberries’ new outfit Mono Band are just some of the great acts that will be playing.

The BudRising Festival Club at the POD will kick off proceedings at 6pm every evening with a FREE BBQ and end the party with serious dancing shenanigans once the gigs are over.

For more information see

We have three pairs of tickets to give away to one lucky reader who will get to see The Las, Jimmy Cliff and Dizzee Rascal at the festival.

Simply call or text us with your answer to the following question, plus your name and contact details.

Q: Which famous multi-million selling band is Noel Hogan a member of?

Is it:


You can e-mail your answer to with name address and telephone number or text answer to 086 055 5657 To arrive before midday Tues 31


CALLS cost standard rate. One winner will be randomly selected, after the closing date, from all correct entries received. Usual MGN competition rules apply.

More Mono Band news soon!

Source: Sunday Mirror (Eire edition)

Starbucks to Sell “Zucchero & Co.” Nationwide in US

May 26, 2005  |  Comments Off on Starbucks to Sell “Zucchero & Co.” Nationwide in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Starbucks Co ee and Concord Records yesterday announced a non- exclusive agreement to sell “Zucchero & Co.” at over 4,400 Starbucks stores in North America when it releases on July 12, in addition to the normal music retail outlets.

“Zucchero & Co.” was released worldwide in 2004 as “Zu & Co.” and has already sold more than a million copies. The CD contains Zucchero and Dolores O’Riordan’s duet, “Pure Love.”

The partnership could mean big sales for “Zucchero & Co.,” which is being marketed as a jazz album in the US. The last Starbucks partnership was for Ray Charles’s Grammy Award-winning “Genius Loves Company.” Charles’s album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in March of this year and has sold over 3 million copies in the US alone — 745,000 of which were sold in Starbucks stores.

Smells like good news brewing.

Source: Billboard

Cranberries Scale Down Curtain Call

May 25, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Scale Down Curtain Call  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

An article published today by Ireland’s Sunday Business Post reveals, unsurprisingly, that The Cranberries scaled down their self-owned management business, Curtain Call Ltd., at the end of 2003.

Curtain Call shrank in size, from €119,000 in tangible assets in 2002, to€28,000 at the end of 2003. Additionally, the company sustained a loss of€700,000, with retained losses of €1.3 million.

Notes filed with the financial reports confirm that the band intended to “take a break from recording, touring and related activities to facilitate individual band members to pursue solo projects.” As a result, the reports note, “the company’s activities are considerably less than in the past.”

Despite the losses, the company’s four shareholders — Dolores O’Riordan, Fergal Lawler, and Noel and Mike Hogan — will continue to support the company financially. The four shareholders “have confirmed that they will continue to provide the company with the financial support necessary for it to meet its obligations.”

The reports also show that Artwest, a separate company owned by Dolores O’Riordan, received €75,000 from Curtain Call. O’Riordan herself received €21,000 for studio rental costs. Curtain Call also owes €118,000 to their self-owned touring company, All Around Touring.

Source: Sunday Business Post

Fergal Lawler Sells Dublin Home

May 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Fergal Lawler Sells Dublin Home  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

If you’re wondering what Fergal’s been up to lately, he’s just pocked a modest €895,000 and is moving back to Limerick full-time, the Sunday Tribune reports.

The Lawlers have arranged to sell their Dublin home in the Ranelagh area, just a short walk away from Dublin’s town center. The house has been on the market since March. Until recently, the Lawlers rented out the red brick house, and are instead living in their home in the Cratloe area in Limerick.

If you’re curious, there are photos and a lengthy description at the Mannon Auctioneers website. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Source: Sunday Tribune

Listen to Noel’s Interview on Untitled with David O’Doherty

May 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Listen to Noel’s Interview on Untitled with David O’Doherty  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

There’s another interview with Noel on Untitled with David O’Doherty. The interview is available as MP3s, so download them and keep ’em forever.

In the interview, Noel describes why The Cranberries’ effort to record their sixth album didn’t come together:

“Just before I started this, we were getting ready to go in and do the fourth or fifth album [sic]… or one of those. Nobody was really in the mood to do it. We did some demos.”

David O’Doherty buts in, “You can do that when you’ve sold 36 million albums. Let’s just leave it for a few years…”

Noel agrees, “Yeah, it got a bit like that. Everbody kinda wanted to do other things, away from The Cranberries for awhile. So we just decided, hey, lets do that. Let’s go off and spend whatever amount of time you need and see where it’s at then in a few years. We didn’t give ourselves a year, or five years, or ten. We just said, when we feel like it again. So that’s where it is, it’s just kinda left hanging there.”

Later, O’Doherty asks, “Did you ever sing?”

Noel’s response? “Oh God no! In the bathroom, and that’s just about it. It’s bad.”

Zombieguide will have a full lineup of all of Mono Band’s promo work, which we will post tomorrow.

Source: Untitled with David O’Doherty

“Zu & Co.” to Finally Release in US

May 9, 2005  |  Comments Off on “Zu & Co.” to Finally Release in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Zucchero’s duets CD “Zu & Co.,” which was released a year ago in most parts of the world, will finally be released in the US on July 12 by Concord Records, according to Universal Music Distribution.

The CD contains Dolores O’Riordan and Zucchero’s duet of “Pure Love.” The CD also contains duets with Miles Davis, Vanessa Carlton, John Lee Hooker, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ronan Keating, and Paul Young, among others. No word yet if the US release will have any changes from the international release.

For much more on “Zu & Co.,” check the news archives.

Source: Exclusive

Noel’s Message to the Cranberries Fan Community

May 9, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel’s Message to the Cranberries Fan Community  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In response to an article published a week ago by the The People, Noel Hogan wrote in to Zombieguide to say that he was misquoted and that more skewings of his words may pop up over the next few weeks as he does promo in support of his solo outfit, Mono Band.

Here is the email in full:

Hi Alex.
How are things? I am just getting back to normal after the long flight home, I did not see the article in The People, but by the looks of things I have been misquoted. I never said, there was no plans to get back together, I did say, there were no plans to get back together at the moment.
Also I never said that The Cranberries ‘PREVENTED ME EXPLORING” this is not true. I am doing this now because this is where my head is at now, we in the band always explored any kind of music we were into at that time. It true that right now the kind of music I am doing, is the kind I am interested in right now. This may change again in time.
I hope this clears things up a bit, this kind of thing may happen a lot over the next few weeks as I do a lot more press.
Take care.

P.S. If you can have a look at this weeks HOT PRESS.

There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.

We’ll have more of Noel’s ongoing press interviews (hopefully with 53% less misquotings) over the next few weeks as they happen!

Source: Exclusive

Noel: No Plans for Cranberries Reunion

May 2, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel: No Plans for Cranberries Reunion  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a thoroughly disappointing article published yesterday by Ireland’s The People, Noel Hogan told the paper that there are no plans for The Cranberries to get back together.

“We haven’t talked about it at all and there are certainly no plans to give it another go or get back together again,” he said.

“The way it was with The Cranberries was that the three lads just got on with it and let Dolores do the rock ‘n’ roll thing. She was the public image of the band and that’s the way we preferred it.”

Rather, he said, Mono Band is the band that he “always wanted to do,” but his commitments with The Cranberries prevented him from exploring that avenue.

“I was always into computers and wanted to work with them to make music instead of just using guitars and traditional instruments. I’d always been tinkering away at home creating new sounds and Mono Band came from that.”

Despite heavily making the rounds to promote Mono Band, Noel told the paper that Limerick is still his home and that he has no plans to move out. “It’s a vibrant place to live and it has so much going for it.”

Click here to read Noel’s response to this article. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Source: The People


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