Doloresoriordan.co.uk registered by Sanctuary

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on Doloresoriordan.co.uk registered by Sanctuary  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The domain Doloresoriordan.co.uk has been registed, presumably for use in promoting her forthcoming solo album

The domain was booked on September 28 by Antti Rantanen, who appears to be an employee of Sanctuary Records in the UK.

Currently there is nothing at the address except for a placeholder page.

ANNOUNCED: Dolores’s solo title, release date

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on ANNOUNCED: Dolores’s solo title, release date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s long-awaited solo album finally has a title and concrete release date, Billboard reports this evening.

Dolores’s debut solo album will be called Are You Listening? and will release on May 8, 2007 in the United States on Sanctuary Records. In Europe, the album will release on Sanctuary’s newly restarted sub-label, Sequel.

A yet-to-be-announced single will release in late April.

Dolores will tour in support of her debut solo album in spring and summer
of next year.

Sanctuary’s CEO Joe Cokell said in a statement last week, “We also expect to announce another very significant addition to [Sequel]’s roster as early as next week, and we look forward to having major success with these albums through 2007.”

Dolores is only the third act signed to the relaunched Sequel label, after The Cooper Temple Clause & Idlewild. According to the same statement, the Sequel label specializes “as a home for contemporary artists, particularly those who have already established a fan base and who are looking for an alternative to the major labels.”

We will have more details as they break!

Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Rock legend Meat Loaf this week told York University’s student newspaperExcalibur that he likes The Cranberries.

The interviewer asked him what other food-item-named-things he likes, to which he responded a UK singer by the name of Fish and of course the Irish band with the tart but delicious name.

“Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”

November 28, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French singer Dominique performed The Cranberries’ “Zombie” last Friday night on the French Idol-like TV show “Star Academy.” Dominique is in the running against other winners for the best weekly performances.

You can watch Dominque’s performance here at the TF1 website, which includes some rather elaborate choreography with, er, flight attendants and a giant airplane prop.

Thanks to Cyril for the news.

Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records

November 23, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has finally found a label for her forthcoming debut solo release, the Ulster Herald reports today.

Sanctuary Records will release the new record which is due in early 2007. Sanctuary’s roster includes Morrissey (formerly of The Smiths), Iron Maiden, Tegan and Sara, and Crosby & Nash. The label specializes in artists who already have established careers and solid fanbases.

Sanctuary handled the release of The Cranberries’ Beneath the Skin Ver. 2 DVD in the United States.

A source close to Dolores told Zombieguide that the album is nearly finished and that the search for a record company was the main factor in its delay.

We’ll have more details as they become available!

(Oh, and happy Thanksgiving… and don’t forget the cranberries!)

UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer

November 20, 2006  |  Comments Off on UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

UK site Creativedesign has put up a profile of Cally, the graphic designer behind The Cranberries’ first three albums, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed. Cally recently orchestrated a total redesign of the Island offices on Kensington High Street in London. You can read about it here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A fan who recently purchased The Cranberries’ first commercially-produced demo tape has made high-quality photos and MP3s of the tape available online.

While “Water Circle” was The Cranberries’ first demo tape in May 1990 (then called by the dreadful pun The Cranberry Saw Us), it was home-made and its liner art photocopied. Later that year, Xeric Records released just 300 copies of the Saw Us’s first commercially pressed tape, “Nothing Left At All” (discography entry).

Zombieguide Forums member Caputokey was lucky enough to snag the extremely rare piece off of eBay months ago and has since put up MP3s and photos on his own server.

While MP3 rips of the tape have been available for years, most of those came from low-quality bootleg copies that had circulated among fans for the past decade. The quality suffered from high nth-generation tape-to-tape copying in the tape trading community in the mid-90s. (Now there’s a story I can tell my grandkids.)

“Nothing Left At All” is the same version that appeared in CD quality on the “Uncertain” EP. “Pathetic Senses” is different from the “Uncertain” EP and features vocals from Dolores’s (allegedly aggressive) boyfriend Miko Mahoney (also did the vocals at the end of “Dreams”) and producer Pearse Gilmore, whom the band accused of making secret agreements with Island during the band’s last days at Xeric. “Shine Down,” later known as “Take My Soul Away,” is the most elusive of the three. This is by far the best recording of “Shine Down” to ever surface.

You can grab them all from this directory, courtesy of Caputokey. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)


Mike opens café in Limerick

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Mike opens café in Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Some short biographies released in conjunction with the proposal of a new radio station for Limerick, Heart FM (read more), include some tidbits about what Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler have been up to lately.

If the radio station is approved, Mike Hogan will become a director for Heart FM. Also, Noel, Mike, and Fergal will give some hands-on input for a show called “Green Heart,” which will showcase demos and upcoming local bands.

The bio also reveals that Mike opened a café on Catherine Street in Limerick called The Sage Café earlier this year. The café opened in mid- April and seats 45-50 people. Mike has become the director of a company called TM Coffee, Ltd. (which runs the cafe), and he continues to to live and work in Limerick.

As for Fergal, his bio reveals that he “has been collaborating with other local musicians and recording at his studio in Ballymorris.”

Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license

November 18, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Heart FM, a new proposed radio station being funded by Mike and Noel Hogan that we first told you about here, gave an oral presentation on Monday to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. The Hogan brothers and Fergal Lawler are among a small group of investors who are competing to win a 10-year broadcasting license in Limerick.

In order to win approval for the station, the Heart FM backers will need to wrestle the city’s radio franchise away from the incumbent broadcaster, Live 95FM.

The Heart FM group told the BCI that if approved, the station would make a profit of €15-€20 million over 10 years. The station would also employ 36 full-time and 33 part-time staff, more than Live 95, and would open a new 5,000-sq ft office in downtown Limerick.

Live 95FM argued that it should be able to keep its existing license because of its strong track record, especially after being bought by UTV in 2002. (Coincidentally, Dolores’s brother P.J. O’Riordan was one of the previous owners of Live 95FM.)

The BCI will decide on January 22, 2007 which group will receive the new license.

You can check out some attractively designed proposal PDF documents at the BCI website. Of special interest to Cranberries fans are sections 3 and 4, which have short up-to-date biographies on Noel, Mike, and Fergal.

Sources: Irish Times, Irish Independent

Cranberries official cartoonist releases book

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries official cartoonist releases book  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Maurizio di Bona, a.k.a. theHand, who created a line of official merchandise for The Cranberries in 2003, has just released a new book that includes four pages of Cranberries caricatures.

di Bona, a longtime Cranberries fan, had put several of his Cranberries cartoons online before the band came to him and commissioned him to produce a series of illustrations for their last world tour. His new book, called Scarabocchio Ergo Sum, features works he created for the band and also more recent drawings of Dolores, Noel, Mike, and Fergal. The text is in Italian, but the spot-on caricatures are alone worth the price of admission.

You can order the new book for only $10.65 US from Lulu.com

BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Media reports out of Italy this morning confirm that Dolores O’Riordan will perform at the newly reorganized 2006 Concerto di Natale in Monaco, formerly called the Vatican Christmas Concert.

This year’s concert will take place on December 9, 2006, at 18:00 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tickets range in price from €150 to €1000.

The Vatican Christmas Concert ran for 13 years at the Vatican before Pope Benedict XVI cancelled it earlier this year, stating that he didn’t like pop music. This year’s concert will be moving to Monte Carlo, Monaco under a new organizer.

The annual concert is broadcast nationally on TV in Italy, but this year’s concert will be shown by Raidue instead of Mediaset.

Confirmed so far to perform are:
Gipsy Kings
Ronan Keating (of Boyzone)
Skin (of Skunk Anansie)
Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries)
Nicky Nicolai & Stefani Di Battista
Helena Hellwigg
Massimo Ranieri
Sergio Cammariere
Noa
Gigi D’Alessio
Andrea Mingardi
Sara6
Marco Masini / Umberto Tozzi
Appassionante
Benedict Gospel Choir
Summertime Gospel Choir
Les petits chanteurs de Monaco
Giancarlo Giannini

This will be Dolores’s fourth time performing at the concert — her past appearances were in 2001, 2002, and 2005.

You can read a press release over at Rockol and the o cial lineup here. We’ll have more news as it breaks. Thanks to Luca for the news!

“Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs

November 14, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV Latin America has ranked The Cranberries’ “Linger” as one of the 100 “poppiest” songs of all time. The network chose “Linger” at #92 on last night’s “Los 100 + Pop” special. The series began yesterday and will run until November 24.

Thanks to Cristobal for the news!

Cranberries.com redesign launched

November 9, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign launched  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The redesign of The Cranberries Official Webpage has launched at http://www.cranberries.com (http://www.cranberries.ie has not yet rolled over to the new design). Not much new content, but there is a vastly improved lyrics section.

There are no official forums yet (surprise? They were promised two and a half years ago.), so instead why not join the largest and most active Cranberries forums online?

Cranberries.com redesign preview posted

November 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign preview posted  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official Community Corporation, the Toronto-based corporation that now  runs http://www.cranberries.com today posted a preview image of the long-promised redesign of the official website.

This will be the second redesign since Official Community Corporation took control of the site in 2004. Previously, it was operated by Timeless Music, The Cranberries’ self-owned management company.

If the preview is accurate, it appears that an official discussion forum is in the works. No other new features appear on the preview layout.

Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped

November 4, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Spanish singer and actor Miguel Bosé told Reforma newspaper yesterday that that he had plans to record a duet with Dolores O’Riordan for his new album, but scheduling problems squashed it (also: AP report).

Dolores was to duet with him on a song called “Partisano,” but the plans stalled due to scheduling conflicts. However, Bosé said he might still be able to record the duet at a later date.

“We talked a lot about it,” Bosé said. “I was doing to do ‘Partisano’ with her, but no, after all of that, we couldn’t do it. We’ll try again some other time.”

Miguel Bosé’s upcoming CD, due in February, will contain 30 duets including Ricky Martin, Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Juanes, REM vocalist Michael Stipe, and Alaska.

Thanks to Paolo for the tip!

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