The European Leg so far…

October 31, 2012  |  23 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Today The Cranberries are playing at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Roma for the 3rd and last show in beautiful Italy. Italians fans do love The Cranberries & there is no doubt The Cranberries do love Italy. The whole band arrived in Roma yesterday and had a day off there after 2 great shows in Padova and Milano.

Roma is the 11th show of a tour that counts 33 shows, meaning one third of the European Leg of the Roses Tour 2012 has now been played which enabled fans to notice a regular pattern in setlists change from one night to another. Besides the London show which was the premiere (and a premiere is never too representative) one can identify 2 setlists, the first one starting with “Just My Imagination” and the other one with “Analyse”.
These 2 setlist greatly differ in terms of dynamic and of length. If the Analyse set contains 25 or 26 songs, only 20 or 21 songs are featured in the other set!
As a consequence, don’t be too surprised if ever you get to read really good reviews (from the media, we’re not speaking about fans here) from a concert whereas that on the following evening tends to contrast.

If some fans do identify the setlists by speaking of the “energetic & long” one and the “slow and short” one, we, meaning Cranberries World, do not think things are this black and white.
Having seen a couple of shows, we can say both shows feature amazing and rare songs as well as beautiful moments. What stroke us the most was mainly the discrepancy in terms of song number.

Things are not frozen though, the running order is never exactly the same and some old rarities do pop up surprisingly sometimes to our greatest delight. Plus consider there are still a lot of dates to come, the band can always refine its choices at all times.
The Cranberries are in great shape and appear to be still amazing performers. The 3 boys play goddamn well and the still blond Dolores changes her clothes 3 times a show, most of the time for beautiful dresses exclusively on this tour. Dolores’ vocal cord nodule seems to be an old story now as her voice has been particularly good since the beginning of the tour. One may note Russell Burton’s amazing performance on keyboard on the “Interlude” which is an instrumental version of “Shattered” as well as Johanna Cranitch’s (recently hired this year) great back vocals. The Roses Tour is thus going pretty well!

Finally, let’s just mention briefly the topic we’ve been trying to avoid for a while as we don’t want to turn into a tabloid website 😉
Doubt is raising among the fans and people start gossiping about it, so here we go: whether or not our favourite singer has had breast surgery recently, this we do not know, but it does look like her breast’s bigger now when looking at random close up pictures. Keep in mind it does not necessarily imply surgery though, who knows if this is not just all about getting older, gaining a little weight or whatever…

Anyways!

Happy Halloween everyone, and let’s see if the band will surprise us tonight on this special evening as mentioned on an Italian article. (article no longer available)

New greatest hits: “Dreams The Collection”

October 15, 2012  |  9 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

This October Spectrum Audio UK (Universal’s division) will release a new greatest hits compilation from The Cranberries. The CD entitled “Dreams: The Collection features classic The Cranberries hits (Zombie, Linger, Dreams, Salvation, etc.) and some non-single songs (No Need To Argue, Dreaming My Dreams, Daffodil Lament).

Tracklist:

1. Dreams
2. Linger
3. Zombie
4. Ode To My Family
5. I Can’t Be With You
6. Ridiculous Thoughts
7. No Need To Argue
8. Dreaming My Dreams
9. Daffodil Lament
10. Salvation
11. Free To Decide
12. When You’re Gone
13. Hollywood
14. Promises
15. Animal Instinct
16. Just My Imagination
17. You And Me
18. Analyse
19. Time Is Ticking Out
20. This Is The Day

“Dreams: The Collection” is scheduled to be released on October 15 or October 23 according to different retailers. Strangely enough, this release coincides with the start of the new tour and with the 20th anniversary of the single “Dreams.”

Dreams The Collection: front and back covers

Let’s also note that Universal recently re-released “Icon” (another greatest hits compilation) originally released in 2010 but now featuring more songs and different artwork.

Zürich concert changes venue

October 13, 2012  |  Comments Off on Zürich concert changes venue  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ Zürich concert, which was set to take place at the Hallenstadion on November 7th, will change venue. The show will now take place at Volkshaus still on November 7th at 8:00 pm

Zürich’s show now at Volkshaus

Thanks to Schizophrenic Lu for the info.

The Cranberries to record new music after current tour (?)

October 13, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

According to Romanian website RevistaFelicia.ro, The Cranberries are to work on songs for album #7 after a the current European leg of the Roses tour… and record them in Bulgaria.

“I expect a busy schedule until December, then again take a break to focus on the next album. Some of the recordings will take place in a studio in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria.” reported the website (in Romanian).

Earlier this year, Noel said that they had already started to write new songs for the next album.

A closer look at the “Roses Tour” merchandising

October 7, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Here is a closer look at The Cranberries merchandising offered at the venues this year.
All pictures taken at Hammersmith Apollo in London, 1st show of the European tour.

Merch – General view

“Roses Tour 2012” – White Ladies T-Shirt  (“not ladies” also available)

“Rose” Black T-Shirt (Ladies also available) + “Logo” Cap

“Rose” White T-Shirt (Ladies also available) + “Logo” Cap

“Silhouettes and Logo” – Black Hoodie

“Rose” – Mug

“Band photo” – Mug

“London Hammersmith Apollo” – Live 3-CD set

No close-up pictures for now but distinguishable on general view:
– “Roses Tour 2012” White T-Shirt (not ladies)
– “Rose” – Black Ladies T-Shirt
– “Rose” – White Ladies T-Shirt
– “Rose” – Black Tote Bag
– 3 different packs of badges (3 badges each pack)

You can also buy most of this merchandising on The Cranberries Official Webstore by clicking here. (link no longer available)

“Twenty One” relives…

October 6, 2012  |  10 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

At the Madrid show The Cranberries revived “Twenty One”, another long forgotten “No Need to Argue” track for the fans to enjoy!

Twenty One – Madrid 2012

For the first 3 shows of the European leg of the Roses Tour, The Cranberries brought back on each show a track they did not perform in a long time (“No Need to Argue” in London, “Not Sorry” in Barcelona)… for the greatest pleasure of the fans.

“Analyse”, “Animal Instinct”, “How”, “Empty” and “Put Me Down” were also back on the setlist, while “Fire & Soul”, “Dreaming My Dreams” and “Still Can’t…” were out.

Empty – Madrid 2012

Which “oldie” do you think the band will revive next?

Surprising setlist in Barcelona

October 5, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries continued to surprise fans with their setlist tonight in Barcelona. Catalans were up for a treat tonight… after “No Need to Argue” in London Tuesday, the band revived “Not Sorry”, another song which was not played in a long time

“Not Sorry” – Barcelona 2012

The band also included back “Desperate Andy” and “Promises”. There was also some major changes to the setlist order, starting off the night with “Just My Imagination”, “When You’re Gone” and “Losing My Mind”.

The Crans also performed a total of 6 songs from “Roses”, more than on any other show since the release of the album.

Here’s the complete Barcelona setlist:

Just My Imagination
When You’re Gone
Losing My Mind
Linger
Free to Decide
Ordinary Day
Dreaming My Dreams
Tomorrow
Still Can’t…
Desperate Andy
I Can’t Be With You
Animal Instinct Shattered (instrumental)
Conduct
Fire & Soul
Not Sorry
Show Me
Ridiculous Thoughts
Salvation
Zombie
————–
Schizophrenic Playboys
The Journey No Need to Argue
Promises
Dreams

 

Thanks to Fanberries and Albert for the setlist info!

Concert Live re-releases 3 “Reunion Tour” concerts

October 4, 2012  |  Comments Off on Concert Live re-releases 3 “Reunion Tour” concerts  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Concert Live, which brought us live recordings from 9 European venues of the “Reunion Tour 2010”, is releasing 3 remastered Limited Edition 2-CD sets of the London, Paris and Milano concerts. Each set are numbered 1 to 100. You can buy them on the Live Concert website £15 each, £25 for two. (no longer available)

Live 2010 Limited Edition 100 copies

Concert Live also released a 3-CD set of this week’s London show. The Caen (France) concert, which will take place next month, will also get the live treatment. Both shows are/will be available on the Live Concert website for £20 each.

Band changes setlist; Dolores, her hair color!

October 2, 2012  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries started the European leg of their “Roses Tour” tonight at the Hammersmith Apollo in London with some surprises for fans.

 A newly blond Dolores tonight in London

The show started with the lastest album opener “Conduct”. The band played a total of 5 tracks from the “Roses” album including “Fire & Soul” for the first time ever. Other songs from the album are “Tomorrow”, “Losing My Mind” and “Schizophrenic Playboys”. “Show Me” was included on the setlist next to “The Journey” but for unknown reason was not played.

“Fire & Soul” – London 2012

“Losing My Mind” – London 2012

The greatest surprise of the night was nonetheless than the title track from the second album “No Need to Argue”. The band have not played this song since… a very long time. Let’s hope for more surprises like this along the tour!

“No Need To Argue” – London 2012

Two songs from Dolores’ solo albums were included, “Ordinary Day” and “The Journey”. The Cranberries also played an instrumental version of “Shattered” between “I Can’t Be With You” and “Waltzing Back” as Dolores took time backstage for a wardrobe change.

Concert Live recorded the audio of tonight’s show and sold a 3-CD set on site at the end. For the others, you can buy a 2-CD set directly on their website (the encore will be included on CD2, unlike if you bought it on-site). The band will release a second live audio recording next month (Caen, France).

London setlist:

Conduct
Linger
You And Me
Ordinary Day
Tomorrow
Just My Imagination
Dreaming My Dreams
Still Can’t…
Losing my mind
When You’re Gone
ICBWY
Shattered (Instrumental)
Waltzing back
Fire & Soul
Free To Decide
Schizophrenic Playboys
Ridiculous thoughts
Salvation
Zombie
————
No Need to Argue
The Journey
Dreams

 

Thanks to Fanberries and Stéphane (from Pretty Dolores) for confirmation of the setlist.

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