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:
Ronan Keating (of Boyzone)
Skin (of Skunk Anansie)
Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries)
Nicky Nicolai & Stefani Di Battista
Marco Masini / Umberto Tozzi
Benedict Gospel Choir
Summertime Gospel Choir
Les petits chanteurs de Monaco
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!