Update: Dolores on cover of “XL” magazine (Italy)

March 31, 2007  |  Comments Off on Update: Dolores on cover of “XL” magazine (Italy)  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan will be the covergirl for the April 2nd issue of Italian magazine XL.

According to Pubblicita:

The singer tells XL the details of the personal crisis that gave her the will to go away from the spotlight in order to dedicate herself to her family, her humanitarian engagement, the di culty of being a rockstar, her relationship with faith and her “rebirth” thanks to her passion for music.

Thanks to CORDELL for the pic.

“Ordinary Day” B-sides, single formats announced

March 31, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” B-sides, single formats announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Without You” and “Forever” will be the titles of the B-sides that accompany the single release of “Ordinary Day” next month.

These 2 song titles first surfaced last August among a list of 7 titles that Dolores recorded at Toronto’s Metalworks Studios. Among those 7, “Playground” is the only one that does not yet have release plans. (”Vadim’s Theme” appears to be an alternate title for the Evilenko theme “Angels Go to Heaven.”)

“Ordinary Day” will be released in 2 formats on April 30th in the UK: a 3-track CD single and a limited edition 7″ EP.

The CD single will include:

* 1. Ordinary Day
* 2. Without You
* 3. Ordinary Day [Video]

While the 7″ will include:

* 1. Ordinary Day
* 2. Forever

HMV has started taking orders for both the CD single and the 7″.

Thanks to Alex for the news.

Dolores O’Riordan U.S. July tour dates announced!

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan U.S. July tour dates announced!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

From the official site:


*Preorder not avaialble in Canada but ticket presale includes these dates.

You can get early access to the ticket presale by participating in the Are You Listening? pre-sale campaign. [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE] 

Pre-order “AYL?,” get T-shirt and downloads

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Pre-order “AYL?,” get T-shirt and downloads  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sanctuary Records today announced a pre-order campagin for Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening?, offering T-shirts and bonus downloads to U.S. fans to put in their order for the new album.

In addition, Sanctuary Records is offering a free MP3 download of the new single “Ordinary Day,” regardless of whether you preorder or not.

Sanctuary’s $19.99 package offers the CD album to your door on release day, a special T-shirt limited only to this sale, an immediate free download of “Black Widow,” an advance full album download on May 7th, and access to ticket presales.

Sanctuary is also offering an affordable $9.99 package with includes the CD (a steal for the CD alone) and download goodies.

(Take note that there’s an additional $6 shipping charge on top of these.)

You can check out the special pre-order page at http://dolores.sanctuaryrecords.com/


Dolores in San Francisco July 20; Tix tomorrow

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in San Francisco July 20; Tix tomorrow  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The first confirmed date for Dolores O’Riordan’s summer tour of North America has been posted. According to Ticketmaster, she will play the Fillmore in San Francisco on July 20th.

Tickets ($35) go on sale from Ticketmaster tomorrow at 10:00 AM!

Thanks to Exxon for the news.

“Ordinary Day” goes to US radio on April 16

March 27, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” goes to US radio on April 16  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The reason Billboard was concerned about “Ordinary Day” not getting airplay in the US is simply because the song hasn’t yet been added to US radio playlists.

“Ordinary Day” is “going for adds” on US stations on April 16th. The song is being categorized as “Triple A” format (major artists), so it by all means should get some mainstream attention.
Thanks to Jr for the news.

Source: FMQB

Dolores’s promo tour schedule posted

March 26, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores’s promo tour schedule posted  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The itinerary for Dolores O’Riordan’s current globe-trotting promotional tour has been posted on her official website. Dolores will be in New York and Los Angeles for a week in mid-May.


21st March : Paris, France
23rd March: London, England
2nd and 3rd April: Warsaw, Poland
4th April: Athens, Greece
23rd April: Taiwan
24th April: Taiwan
25th April: Hong Kong
26th April: Bangkok, Thailand
3rd May: Seville, Spain (FNAC Store Opening)
4th May: Dublin, Ireland (Late Late Show TV Performance)
14th – 16th: New York, USA
17th – 18th: Los Angeles, USA
21st – 22nd: Tokyo, Japan
23rd – 24th: Melbourne, Australia
25th: Sydney, Australia

22nd March: Showcase performance in London, England, venue to be confirmed.
Band Rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland 9th thru 20th April.
24th April: Showcase performance in Taiwan
25th April: Showcase performance in Hong Kong
27th April: Showcase performance in Bangkok, Thailand
Band rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland 30th April.

Daily Star reviews private gig at The Hospital

March 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Daily Star reviews private gig at The Hospital  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The UK’s Daily Star tabloid yesterday (March 24) published a surprisingly positive review of the press-only private gig that Dolores O’Riordan gave at London’s The Hospital on Thursday (March 22).

Here’s the transcript

Caught Live
Dolores O’Riordan
The Hospital, London

REMEMBER The Cranberries? They sold 40 million albums in the ’90s and even threatened to fill the void left by The Smiths until their songs turned predictable.

Well, after a seven year break, elfin singer Dolores is back. Flanked by two craggy-faced guitarists who both resembled David Carradine in Kill Bill, much of her beefy new material recaptures the Celtic warmth which made The Cranberries so good.

Particularly e ective was the lumbering Loser, a hard rocking song about bullying, and new single Ordinary Day.

A cover of Elvis’s In The Ghetto was performed with a bewitching intensity, but it was renditions of old hits Linger and Dreams that hadthe hairs on my arms standing to attention.


Thanks to robertjames for the news and to dominestar for the invitation image.

Photos + MP3: “Ordinary Day” acoustic at RTL2

March 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Photos + MP3: “Ordinary Day” acoustic at RTL2  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s first live public performance of “Ordinary Day” aired Friday on France’s RTL2 Radio. The song is part of a 4-song setlist that will air in full on May 3rd.

In case you missed it, you can download a high-quality MP3 in the ZG Forums. [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Also, below are more photos from the photos, courtesy Zégut.

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Dolores appears on “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Italy)

March 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores appears on “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Italy)  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The Italian TV show “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” hosted Dolores O’Riordan in their most recent episode. Check out the screenshots below, and get the link to download the video in the Forums. [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Dolores touched on some new subjects on the interview, namely why she chose to title her album Are You Listening?, and what she wanted to accomplish by staying out of the public eye for the last 4 years.

The title Are You Listening? “is not about making a big statement. When you arrive with an album after you’ve already had a career with a band, I think you would be expected to make a big statement like ‘HERE I AM!’ or something, ‘MY DEBUT SOLO RECORD’ or whatever. I just wanted to be a little unpredictable maybe, come out with something di erent. So Are You Listening? is a subtle, soft way to phrase that.”

About her 4-year sabbatical, she says, “I know this sounds really boring, but I really wanted to be all alone with my family. I wanted to get to the point where I didn’t need helpers in my family or anything — I could just do everything myself. … I didn’t have any website or anything like that because I really, geniuinely wanted to be anonymous. This is what I needed to write new songs.”

It appears that Dolores recently got a haircut, as her hair is shorter in this video than in the press photos from Spain earlier this month.

Thanks to Mattia of the Cranberries Videography for the caps and video.

Billboard posts up-to-date Cranberries sales

March 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Billboard posts up-to-date Cranberries sales  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan’s upcoming single is the subject of one of the Q&A’s on the radio-tracking Billboard website.

Don’t worry about Billboard’s response about the radio single — a Sanctuary representative told Zombieguide that the reason U.S. radio stations haven’t started playing the song is because they haven’t gotten the advance CD yet. U.S. stations will start getting advance singles for the song this week.

More interestingly, Billboard has included all the up-to-date sales figures for The Cranberries’ releases in the U.S.

I just read that Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan will be releasing her first solo album on May 15 in North America. I heard the first single on her MySpace page and it is really great. I was wondering what you think her chances of having any success in North America are?

Also, how many albums have the Cranberries sold in the U.S.? Thanks so much!

Ryan Gibson Toronto

Hi Ryan,

Indeed, Dolores O’Riordan’s solo debut, “Are You Listening?,” will arrive in the U.S. on May 15 through Sanctuary Records. In Europe it streets on May 7 while Japan and Australia get the album on May 12.

The set was written and recorded over the past four years and is led by the first single, “Ordinary Day.” The song, written about the birth of her third child, has yet to impact U.S. radio. For the week ending March 19, no

monitored American stations had played the song. What are the album’s chances for success? Well, not having radio play your song is a bit worrisome. Though, there is still a sizable gap of time between now and when the album arrives, so things could brighten up for the single.

The Cranberries’ last studio album, 2001’s “Wake Up and Smell the Coee,” has sold 170,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2002, the band also released “Stars – The Best of 1992-2002.” It has sold 322,000 in America.

The group is best known for its numerous early and mid-’90s hits like “Dreams,” “Linger” and “Zombie.” Those three tunes all made the top 20 on Billboard’s Alternative/Modern Rock chart while the act also scored five more top 20 hits. The Cranberries’ best selling album is 1994’s “No Need To Argue,” which has sold 4.1 million in the U.S. The previous year’s set, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” has shifted 3.2 million. 1996’s “To The Faithful Departed” has sold 1.7 million while 1999’s “Bury The Hatchet” has moved 377,000.

Real New Yorkers Know: 5 Questions for Dolores

March 24, 2007  |  Comments Off on Real New Yorkers Know: 5 Questions for Dolores  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The Real New Yorkers Know blog has posted a “short and sweet” (in her own words) e-mail interview with Dolores O’Riordan. Here’s what she had to say… or rather, type:

Five Questions for Dolores O’Riordan

We got to ask Dolores O’Riordan five questions about her first solo album. Her voice shocked us with its beauty and power in The Cranberries and it’s still as moving on Are You Listening?. Her singing complements an album of great songs with a strong mix of rock and Irish folk influences. The first single, “Ordinary Day,” is already getting hype without an o cial release (it’s out in April). No New York tour dates have been announced, but in the meantime she let us e-mail her some questions. In Dolores’ words, she kept it “short and sweet. Just like a real New Yorker!”

RNYK: How would you describe Are You Listening for fans?
DO: I would love to say “like nothing I have ever done before as a whole”. Very experimental and verging into the darkness on on little bit. So far I have done around 90-100 interviews and it’s the first time everyone likes it. (The cd)

RNYK: How has the reaction to the single, “Ordinary Day,” been so far?
DO: People like the positive vibe in “Ordinary Day,” but it’s also on on little melancholic.

RNYK: What post-Cranberries performance has been your favorite so far?
DO: I’ve not performed a show as of yet.

RNYK: What’s your best memory of performing in New York?
DO: Woodstock 94

RNYK: What show would you kill to put on? By that we mean: Where are you singing, who will you sing with, who’s the backing band, what do you perform…
DO: This one, These people, These songs. Very exciting way to go, musically.

“Daffodil Lament” used in Daffodil Day 2007 ad

March 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Daffodil Lament” used in Daffodil Day 2007 ad  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ “Daodil Lament” is once again being used in TV commercials to promote Daffodil Day 2007, which is tomorrow, March 23rd in Ireland. The Irish Cancer Society began the event to raise both funds and awareness for cancer research.

The Irish Cancer Society is asking Irish residents to wear or buy a daffodil tomorrow in support of cancer research.

We have the TV commercial below, thanks to Stephen and courtesy of The Irish Cancer Society.


The Cranberries have supported Daodil Day in Ireland in the past by donating an autographed lithograph for auction. “Daffodil Lament” also appeared in Daffodil Day TV adverts in Australia in 2003.

The Office’s “Andy Bernard” explains “Zombie”

March 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on The Office’s “Andy Bernard” explains “Zombie”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Actor Ed Helms, who plays the hilariously annoying Andy Bernard on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office,” explained in an interview for Creative Loafing how he ended up annoying the bejesus out of his co-workers by singing The Cranberries’ “Zombie” on the episode called “The Return” this season:

Some of the funniest moments happen when the characters sing, or try to sing. Are the songs decided in advance?

Mostly, but a few of them are improvised. There’s an episode when Andy’s singing at his desk, off in his own world and annoying Jim, and there was some song written in the script, but we thought, “There’s got to be a more annoying song than this one.” We talked for a while and ended up with the Cranberries’ “Zombie,” because it has that voice cracking on “In your he-ead.” Also, there was an earlier episode when Andy and Jim stay up late getting drunk in the Stamford office, and Andy was half-passed out on the floor singing songs from his a cappella group from college. We had one Indigo Girls song in the script, but Jim wanted to harmonize, so we did “Closer to Fine” instead.

Cranberries #8 on Ireland’s Top 10 richest stars

March 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries #8 on Ireland’s Top 10 richest stars  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

This week’s Sunday Independent in Ireland published a list of the Top 10 Richest Entertainers in Ireland. The Cranberries are #8 on the list, worth an estimated €56 million. The Sunday Independent writes, “THE band’s 1993 album, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? remains Ireland’s best- selling album after U2’s The Joshua Tree. Their music continues to feature regularly in films, a big earner.”

In case you’re curious, here’s the full Top 10:

1. U2, €800m
4. ENYA, €127m
6. CHRIS de BURGH, €57m
10. WESTLIFE, €30m

Cranberries featured on iTunes St. Patrick’s playlist

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries featured on iTunes St. Patrick’s playlist  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have not one, not two, but three songs on iTunes’ special “The List: 22 Songs by Irish Rockers” playlist in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. U2, Van Morrison, and Thin Lizzy also weigh in with three tracks each. The special playlist is currently featured on the front page of the iTunes Music Store with a jumbo button —click here to go straight to the compilation. Here’s the rundown:

1. Gloria, Van Morrison with Them
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live 1983), U2
3. The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
4. Dreams, The Cranberries
5. Dirty Old Town, Pogues
6. I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats
7. Mandinka, Sinead O’Connor
8. Still Got the Blues (Full Version), Gary Moore
9. Cowboy Song, Thin Lizzy
10. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
11. New Year’s Day, U2
12. Don’t Go, Hothouse Flowers
13. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor
14. Linger, The Cranberries
15. Bad Penny, Rory Gallagher
16. Wild Night, Van Morrison
17. Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly
18. Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy
19. Zombie, The Cranberries
20. Where the Streets Have No Name (New Edit U218), U2
21. Only Shallow, My Bloody Valentine
22. Suspect Device, Stiff Little Fingers

Universal reissues Cranberries Millennium Collection

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on Universal reissues Cranberries Millennium Collection  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

On April 3rd, Universal Music will be reissuing “The Cranberries: Millennium Collection” in the United States in a new biodegradable sleeve rather than the usual jewel case. The jewel case version is still “in print” in the catalog, but may be pulled soon. Click here to download a PDF sellsheet about the new campaign. Of course, that’s just fancy speak to say that you’ll be getting less for your money — the liner notes are now online only at http://www.ilovethatsong.com/green/


“Bury the Hatchet” goes out of print in US

March 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Bury the Hatchet” goes out of print in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s a sad day for Bury the Hatchet fans in the US — all versions of the album have been pulled from Universal Music Distribution’s catalog of active items. In other words, no new copies of the album are being printed and stores will not be able to purchase new stock.

The Cranberries’ first three albums (Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed) are still in print in their Complete Sessions versions with extra B-sides. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is also still available.

Similarly, The Cranberries’ Treasure Box boxed set of the first four albums has also now gone out of print.

Marco Mendoza played uncredited on “Wake Up”

March 13, 2007  |  Comments Off on Marco Mendoza played uncredited on “Wake Up”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an interview with bassist Marco Menodza in the El Universal (Mexico) newspaper, the Whitesnake bassist reveals that he played on parts of The Cranberries’ last album Wake Up and Smell The Coffee without being credited for it.

Mendoza filled in on an unspecified number of tracks for Mike Hogan, who was attending to a “severe crisis” during the recording sessions.

While Mendoza did not become the “5th” member of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan told him clearly at the time: “I want you with me in the future,” and thus recruited him as bassist for her solo album. According to the article, Mendoza recorded 22 songs with Dolores.

“Dolores has matured, now she is mother of three children, and that new stage is reflected in the compositions, much more critical, but still with that political line of The Cranberries,” he said.

He affirmed that Dolores has a strong affinity for Latin America, especially Mexico, and that she will try to include Mexico on her upcoming North American tour.

Mendoza was an old friend of Dolores O’Riordan’s husband, Don Burton.

Thanks to Juanberries for the news.

The Cranberries “Cent Pour Cent” special to reair

March 8, 2007  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries “Cent Pour Cent” special to reair  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The “Cent Pour Cent” special on The Cranberries will re-air on France’s M6 Music Rock on March 14th at 14h and 20h. This is a half-hour segment of The Cranberries’ music videos.

Dolores O’Riordan will record a new interview for the M6 Music Rock channel tomorrow — see the news below for more details.

Thanks to kaixo2222 for the news.

Happy Birthday Fergal!

March 4, 2007  |  Comments Off on Happy Birthday Fergal!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Happy birthday to Fergal Lawler — he turns 36 today!
Hope you have a good one, and best of luck with all your current personal pursuits.

“Are You Listening?” pre-order on Amazon

March 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Are You Listening?” pre-order on Amazon  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A pre-order listing for Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming Are You Listening? is already available on Amazon.com. The listing is for an import version, although it doesn’t specificy which region. Given that the label is Sequel and the date is May 8th, it’s likely a European release. Here’s the summary for the album:

2007 solo debut from the former Cranberries vocalist. Written and recorded in Dublin and Canada and featuring production from Dan Broadbeck and acclaimed musician/producer Youth, whose many production credits include Paul McCartney and U2. The album was written and inspired by her personal experiences over the last four years including her marriage, the birth of her third child and the death of her mother-in-law. 12 tracks including the first single ‘Ordinary Day’, ‘Loser’ and ‘Apple’. Sequel.

“AYL?” Album of the Month on Fresh Radio

March 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “AYL?” Album of the Month on Fresh Radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Greek radio station Fresh Radio 95.4 has chosen Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? as their Album of the Month for March. The station wrote that they have only heard the 5-track promo, but have based their selection on the strength of tracks like “Black Widow” and “Watch the Stars.”

Thanks to Dolitsa for the tip.

Two more new songs on Radio101!

March 2, 2007  |  Comments Off on Two more new songs on Radio101!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Croatia’s Radio101 today aired two absolutely stunning tracks named “Human Spirit” and “When We Were Young” from Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming album Are You Listening?

The forums received an unusually high volume of tra c during today’s broadcast. The DJ gave a special mention to ZG, saying, “Thanks to everyone who was with us tonight. Or, better, [Radio101] would like to say thanks to everyone around the world listening to 40 to 1 countdown, especially Zombieguide Forum. Hello guys! How is it? Big, big, big kisses and warm thoughts to you all around the world.”

“Human Spirit” is the softer of the two tracks, featuring a piano and whistle duet at the beginning that is backed by a shu ing drum droop.

“When We Were Young” is all rock and has huge potential to be a single. Especially shock-inducing are the forced trills at the end of the song that bear an unmistakable homage to the power of Sinead O’Connor’s “Troy” — quite possibly the very best we’ve heard yet from Dolores’s solo material.

At the end of the show, the DJ alluded to a song Dolores recorded on 2003’s Warwick Court demos called “Croatia”: “Hopefully Dolores won’t forget a song called ‘Croatia,’” he said.

Radio101 playing “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser”

March 2, 2007  |  Comments Off on Radio101 playing “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Radio101 of Croatia played two of Dolores O’Riordan’s new songs, “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser,” on their Top 40 countdown last week.

Radio101 is expected to play two more this hour live.
You can listen live here! [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Edit: They played “Linger” and “Dreams” to start the show. They just played “Human Spirit,” a track that has a fast-paced tin whistle and piano introduction before breaking into a more conventional rock style. One more is expected…


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