Dolores to Sing “Bare & Essential” Linger for Vatican Christmas Concert

November 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores to Sing “Bare & Essential” Linger for Vatican Christmas Concert  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

AGE News reports that Dolores O’Riordan will sing “Adeste Fideles” and “Linger” again this year for the Vatican Christmas Concert.

These are the same two songs that Dolores sang at her last performance at the Vatican in 2002. However, AGE reports that we can expect the new performance to be somewhat different.

For starters, “Adeste Fideles” will be a duet with Italian tenor Gian Luca Terranova. In addition to being a singer, Terranova is known in Italy as a songwriter and playwright. Terranova has written the lyrics to music in several Italian musicals.

More intriguing, perhaps, is that AGE reports that Dolores will deliver a stripped-down version of “Linger” with “new, particularly bare and essential vocals.” We’re not sure exactly what this means yet, but we only have to wait until the Vatican performance on Saturday to find out.

Italian TV channel Canal 5 and radio station RTL 102.5 will record the entire concert and broadcast it on Christmas Eve in Italy at 21:00.

We’ll have more news as it happens.

Source: AGE News

House Cover Version of “Zombie” Enters Dutch Charts

November 26, 2005  |  Comments Off on House Cover Version of “Zombie” Enters Dutch Charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Zombie” is a chart hit in The Netherlands this week for the second time — but it’s not the original version.

A house music cover version of “Zombie” performed by Maximus vs. Banks feat. Jason entered the Dutch “Megatop 100” singles chart last week at No. 49. It dropped slightly to No. 55 this week. (The original release of “Zombie” hit No. 3 on the same chart.)

The new version was released as a 4-track single on the Double Dance label on November 9. You can buy it here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE). (The sound sample does not appear to be working.)

Thanks to Taco for the news.


Triumph Drummer Gil Moore Contributes to Dolores’s Solo Album

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Triumph Drummer Gil Moore Contributes to Dolores’s Solo Album  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Former Therapy? member Graham Hopkins isn’t the only drummer contributing to Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album — in a new interview, former Triumph drummer Gil Moore says he has also recorded some new songs with Dolores.

The drummer told, “I played a couple of tracks for Dolores O’Riordan on her new album. She is a great musician and a great friend.”

Moore owns Metalworks Studios outside of Toronto, where The Cranberries recorded much of Bury the Hatchet and where Dolores has recorded several tracks for her forthcoming solo album. He and Dolores have been friends for several years, as Moore’s wife gave birth just before Dolores gave birth to Taylor in 1997.


Noel Opens Streetwear Shop in Limerick

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel Opens Streetwear Shop in Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores isn’t the only one pursuing business opportunities these days — Ireland’s Sunday Business Post reports that Noel Hogan has opened a designer clothes store in Limerick called “Identikit.”

“It is true that I have a clothes shop in Limerick, I am half owner,” Noel told Zombieguide. “We opened about six or seven months ago. It is casual street wear, jeans, t-shirts, that kind of thing. It’s been doing really well.” Noel opened the venture together with longtime Cranberries business manager Alan McEvoy. Noel patented the name in January of this year.

The Sunday Business Post also notes that despite the fact that The Cranberries have not released any new music in the past three years, “the royalties are still flowing in.”

Update: Monica Peña had a chance to visit the Identikit store in Limerick this week, so she took some photos and writes, “I found Noel’s shop Identikit. I was looking for it but never thought it was gonna be so easy to find, but it’s on the main street. Of course when I saw it I had a very small hope that maybe Noel had gone there at that time to check how sales were going or something, but of course he wasnt there… The clothes are cool, it’s a brand store so it’s a little expensive, for example a jacket for 130 euros but there were also tshirts for 30 euros and they sell footwear and accesories too.”

Source: Sunday Business Post

Cranberries Included on New Irish Music Wall of Fame

November 21, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Included on New Irish Music Wall of Fame  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are among 12 of the most influential artists in Irish music to be selected for the newly-erected Wall of Fame in Dublin.

The wall, which encompasses the Temple Lane wall of the historic Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, includes 11 smaller windows (6 x 6 ft) and one large window (20 x 20 ft) to house photographs of Ireland’s most influential musicians. The wall was unveiled on October 20th with a launch party that included notables Dave Fanning, Paul Brady and Philomena Lynott.

The permanent outdoor exhibit is complimented by a small indoor exhibit inside the Temple Bar Music Centre, which includes a synopsis of each artist compiled by Hot Press editor Stewart Clark. The 12 artists were chosen for the following criteria: “The artists featured on the Wall of Fame were judged by several criteria – not record sales alone, but also for their genuine pioneering work in contributing to modern popular music and for showcasing the quality and range of Irish musical talent on the World stage. It is by no means a definitive list of the Irish top 12, but each act has been highly influential in the Irish music scene past and present.”

The exhibiton includes a 6 x 6 ft decal of Dolores O’Riordan, photographed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London in 1994. Photographer Jill Furmanovsky of Dublin’s Rockarchive Gallery said, “The band had already conquered America but were relatively unknown in the UK. This daytime showcase was for the press and promoters. Dolores looked like a schoolgirl bunking off during her dinner hour.” The translucent decals are backlit at night, which makes the free public exhibit an attraction even during the evening.

The other 11 artists on the wall currently are Paul Brady, The Boomtown Rats, Christy Moore, Philip Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Shane MacGowan, U2, Sinead O’Connor, The Undertones, Van Morrison, and Luke Kelly.

You can find more info at the Wall of Fame’s Official Website.

Source: Wall of Fame

Dolores O’Riordan Divulges First Solo Album Details

November 14, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan Divulges First Solo Album Details  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Hot Press today posted the first bits of a new interview with Dolores O’Riordan, who reveals that she is finishing up her solo album, due in mid- 2006.

Dolores says her forthcoming solo album is the most “dark and personal” album that she’s ever written. She emphasizes that she could have only written this album alone, saying, “You might think, ‘Oh, that’s the same singer’, but otherwise it’s completely di erent to the Cranberries. Lyrically too, you wouldn’t have written something as dark and personal as that with the boys.”

Dolores expects the as-yet-untitled album to release in late spring/early summer 2006 and will be followed up by a world tour.

“I’ve just done a week’s worth of recording in Dublin’s Pulse Studios, which is the third or fourth session we’ve done,” she says. “Other bits of it were recorded in LA, and Metalworks in Toronto. I’d start the songs o at home on piano and then bring a programmer to the house to take care of the Pro- Tools side of things. Once I had three or four songs like that I’d go into a bigger studio with my musicians.”

Her musicians include Cranberries live backup guitarist Steve Demarchi, Graham Hopkins on drums, and bassist Marco Mendoza, whose resume includes Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and Ted Nugent.

“Graham I love for his energy and Marco, who’s been friends with my husband for 15 or 20 years, creates the most amazing things. He’s a Mexican dude, so he’s got that Latin rhythm thing going on as well as the rock. The main guitarist is Steve Demarchi, who used to do live session work with the Cranberries,” she adds.

Dolores confirms that “Black Widow,” a song that she originally recorded in 2003, will finally see release on the album: “There’s a very intricate and eerie song on it, ‘The Black Widow,’ which is about watching my husband’s mum die of cancer. There’s another one, ‘Letting Go,’ which leaked on to the internet and made me realise how out of control this piracy thing’s got.”

Hot Press also confirms that Dolores will be making her way to the Vatican on December 3, to perform for Pope Benedict XVI. “It’s my third concert and second Pope! There are about a thousand people on stage, including the Vatican Orchestra, so the vibe’s amazing,” she enthuses.

Is Benedict as rockin’ as John Paul? “John Paul used to work the crowd a bit whereas Benny’s only new in the gig,” she says, laughing. “He probably needs a few lessons and a pair of shades of Bono!”

Hot Press also teases that that they have details of her (new?) collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti, but for that, you’ll have to pick up the next print issue of Hot Press. Badalamenti said last year that he wanted to work with her to create “another kind of Dolores O’Riordan.” We’ll have the details on that as soon as we get it.

In the meantime, if somebody can send the full article from Hot Press’s site, please send it in!

Source: Hot Press

Cranberries Publicist Denies Reunion Rumor

November 8, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Publicist Denies Reunion Rumor  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s publicist Lindsey Holmes today told Zombieguide that yesterday’s rumor of a Cranberries regroup in the near future is false.

Holmes said, “Dolores did not have dinner with the other members of the Cranberries on Friday night.She had dinner with her husband and some fellow musicians. The rumour is not true that the Cranberries are getting back together.”

The rumor made the top headline on gossip website Showbiz Irelandyesterday.

No word yet on what Dolores’s reference to “four months” may have been, if anything.

If there are any more developments on the rumor, Zombieguide will have them here.

Source: Exclusive

Rumor: Cranberries to reunite in 2006?

November 7, 2005  |  Comments Off on Rumor: Cranberries to reunite in 2006?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Update: Dolores O’Riordan’s publicist has denied this rumor, read more here

Today’s front page story on gossip website Showbiz Ireland suggests that the Cranberries could be back as soon as within the next few months.

The tabloid managed to squeeze a few words out of Dolores at Shanahan’s Restaurant in Dublin, where they report that she and her husband were eating with the rest of The Cranberries last Friday, November 4.

While details are scant, Dolores told the tabloid that we might hear something from The Cranberries within the next four months.

Showbiz Ireland writes, “Now hopefully Dolores wasn’t just playing games with the waiting media because at the top of their game The Cranberries were one of the biggest bands in the world and it’s about time someone gave U2 and Coldplay a run- for-their-money!”

The website has also posted three brand new photos of Dolores and Don. Dolores’s very long black hair in these shots suggest that the tautbrunette shots posted last month on the Irish Independent may be slightly dated.

We are awaiting comment from Noel Hogan on this news and we will post his response on Zombieguide as soon as we get it.

Source: Showbiz Ireland

Dolores Confirmed for Vatican Christmas Concert 2005

November 5, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores Confirmed for Vatican Christmas Concert 2005  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Newspapers in Italy are reporting today that Dolores O’Riordan will make her third appearance at the Vatican Christmas Concert this year.

Major Italian newspapers Il Giornale and La Repubblica report that Dolores will be alongside performers Riccardo Cocciante, Gigi D’Alessio, Claudio Baglioni, Dolcenera, Alex Britti, Black Eyes Peas, Negramaro, Mango, Nicky Nicolai and Stefano Di Battista Quartet this year. This year’s concert will take place on December 3, 2005 and will be broadcast on Italian TV network Canale 5 and on radio network RTL 102.5 at 9:00 PM on December 24.

Dolores last performed at the concerts for Pope John Paul II in 2001 and 2002 and was said to be one of his favorite singers. This will be Dolores’s first public performance in more than a year.

This year’s concert is dubbed”Concert for East Asian Missions,” as funds from the concert will be used to build churches and fund missionaries in East Asia.

More details as the concert date approaches! Thanks to rebel for the tip.

Source: Exclusive


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