Dolores name was taken off the official Concerto di natale website.
Her presence is no longer confirmed.
Back from Lille tonight where we identified 3 highlights of the show:
- “Sunday”, a song rarely played on this leg and tonight was the 3rd time on the whole European tour so far (premiere was in Bucharest). We’re sorry we didn’t record the song as we didn’t see this one coming.
- “Empty”, just like Sunday this one has not been played a lot on this this tour (premiere in Madrid). See our video below.
- Promises” requested by a few fans in the front row and which has only be played on request on this tour (premiere in Barcelona).
“Empty” – Lille 2012
There you go! 2 songs in 1 recorded at Le Zénith in Paris yesterday. As you now know The Cranberries made a rather special and unusual encore for the first death anniversary of Dolores’ father.
My fellow fans on French forum “Pretty Dolores” also contributed in making this encore special by giving people in the front rows 200 roses to hold in the air.
Here is the video for you to enjoy. Our apologies if this video was not shot from the front row this time, we wanted a more global view to make sure we’d see the roses. No close ups then, plus it’s a bit dark as the lights were turned down on these two songs. Let’s hope we’ll find other videos shot by people closer to the stage soon so to see the whole scene better.
“Roses” & “You And Me” – Paris 2012 – 1st death anniversary of Dolores’ father
In the meantime, let me thank all of you, especially those who came up with this idea and planned everything with me, those who helped me financially, those who spent such a long time taking every single thorn out with me while queuing, those who gave the roses away to people surrounding them, the roadie who helped us in terms of organization (you rock, man!), and all those who participated, holding roses in the air.
Thank you ALL 🙂
What a special show tonight in a sold out Zénith in Paris. As you may know, this show took place on the 1st death anniversary of Dolores’ father.
As a consequence The Cranberries played a very unusual show starting with the “Analyse” setlist but dedicated most of the encore to this anniversary.
The band thus returned a darkened stage after “Zombie” with a bunch of red roses on a table and a candle. Dolores explained the situation and dedicated “Roses” (the song) to her father. She then told the crowd how funnily her son -Taylor- has the very same eyes as her father, which led the band to start playing “You & Me” and skipping “Schizophrenic Playboys” for the first time on this tour.
A beautiful moment which was emphasized by a happening organized by French fans members of the forum “Pretty Dolores” led by Camille. They once again successfully managed to ask the audience in the first rows to hold almost two hundreds white roses in the air to pay homage to the band, the Roses album & tour, as well as Dolores’ family.
We tried to film these songs from the back to see the whole atmosphere so if good enough we will upload them asap otherwise no doubt there will be good ones on YouTube soon. In the meantime enjoy our few pics which we didn’t manage to post live on Twitter because of a bad connection, as well as the setlist.
Last thing, the concert was NOT recorded for a DVD as originally planned.
The official site of the Concerto Di Natale just confirmed Dolores’ participation in the Italian Christmas Concert next December as reported before. The annual concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.
Dolores briefly talked about the death of her father and her bereavement in a French article from Brest’s newspaper “Télégramme“.
I experienced a personal tragedy that affected me a lot. The last months of my father’s were very stressful. It took me many months before I could recover from his death. I needed to stay with my family and my children. I feel better today, I can now look at his picture. I now realize that I have to live without him…
She later told that she can’t sing “Ode to My Family” for now because it makes her think of her father. “I hope to be able to sing it back one day, but for now, it’s too soon”.
Thanks to Sara for the info.
Back from Lyon where we attended a more intimate show than expected. Only 5000 in a 15 000 people venue. The stage was moved closer to the seated area so that we couldn’t perceive any empty space at all. Good point. Excellent band & crowd on that night, we really enjoyed the great atmosphere. As Dolores said “Lyon totally rocks”. Watch her sing “oleee oleeee oleeee oleeee”
As we were not able to properly film the night before in Clermont-Ferrand (sorry about that) we decided to film 2 songs in Lyon, so here they are:
“Show Me” – Lyon 2012
“Still Can’t…” – Lyon 2012
Last but not least, for those who wish we had filmed a song in Clermont-Ferrand, below a nice video of “Dreams” filmed by YouTube user socalo03. Many thanks to this person.
“Dreams” – Clermont-Ferrand 2012
According to Noel’s latest interview for uaudio.com, the band wants to take its time when it comes to recording another album.
I’m not saying we want to spend another ten years writing, but we definitely don’t want to rush it. I’d rather not do that again and just take our time. Quality over quantity, you know? If it means it does take a bit longer than we should, I don’t think it’s a bad thing if you have a great result from it.
Noel is currently writing new songs for the band.
I started writing again around the beginning of this year. I actually find it easier to write when I’m traveling. On your days off you’re sitting around a hotel room anyway so it gives you something to do. I started sending stuff to Dolores around January and I’ve been writing bits and pieces.
Another Mono Band album.
There are some songs I feel aren’t really the Cranberries’ sound, so I decided I’m going to try and maybe do another Mono Band album at the same time. I’m going to try and do both, but I want to take my time doing it.
Noel also told some stories about the band’s early years and revealed lots of technical information about the way he records his songs nowadays, so if you like these kind of details read the full version of the interview.
Surprising news but nonetheless true.
From what we understood after talking to different members of The Cranberries road crew during the last couple of gigs, things have become quite complicated in the last days. It seems that the Zénith in Paris is now putting a spoke in the band’s wheel, so much that there might not be any DVD at all…
Apparently the amount of money required by the Parisian Zénith to film a concert in their venue is way above what’s reasonable.
Let’s just hope that the problem can be solved after negotiations.
We imagine you’re all as excited as us to know a new DVD could possibly be released, so let’s cross fingers and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more about this matter.
As you all know now, The Cranberries show in London this year was recorded by Concert Live on CDs. Now the show will get a digital release on December 3rd and all the 22 live songs will be available through the iTunes and Amazon digital music stores at the price of US$ 5.99$ or £5.49 which is ridiculously low compared to the 2-CD set price (£20).
London 2012 2-CD set is still available directly on the Concert Live website (as well as Caen 2012).
Dolores O’ Riordan might perform at the 20th Concerto Di Natale next December according to Radio Italia (radioitalia.it). The concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.
Dolores’ presence is not confirmed yet.
Dolores was part of the 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 editions where she performed her own material (both Cranberries and solo songs) and Christmas classics.
Back from Grenoble where we enjoyed a really good show with a very dynamic crowd. We didn’t film what we thought was the key moment of the show but “Conduct” as some of you had requested this song, we would otherwise have picked “Put Me Down” during which Dolores added some interesting vocals at the end.
“Conduct” – Grenoble 2012
Also, we’ll try to capture “Not Sorry…” on the following shows (a request again), and “Show Me” which is turning more and more captivating in time, especially as Dolores now encourages the audience to clap their hands during the verses of the song. To be continued…
The Cranberries latest album “Roses” is part of the 2012 albums longlist of the Meteor Choice Music Prize which will take place on March 7, 2013 in Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland. The shortlist (final nominees) will be announced on January 9, 2013.
Last Cranberries’ presence at “The Meteors” was in March 2002 when they performed “Time Is Ticking Out”, their current single at the time. Watch it again below:
“Time Is Ticking Out” – Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2002
UPDATE – JANUARY 2013
The Cranberries lost… Not even on the final nominees shortlist!
Yesterday The Cranberries were in Strasbourg in France.
Unfortunately the show was far from being sold out with only one third of the venue (about 2,000 people). Some security team members even told us that the show might have been cancelled in the afternoon. We don’t know whether this was the band or the tour producer’s decision.Anyway, as the show eventually took place, here is the video we filmed in the front row:
“I Can’t Be With You” – Strasbourg 2012
At the end of the show Dolores wished us all “A Merry Christmas” and added “See you next year”.
Is a new European leg planned for next year or was it just a way to say goodbye? Future will tell…
As promised, all CW team members try to film one song at each show they’re attending. We choose the songs according to what we think is a key moment of the show, or on your request. Be sure our crew does its best and we can’t guarantee success every time as camera policy totally varies one venue to another. We’re rarely meeting any problem though with the compact photo camera we’re using for these videos. However please keep in mind that recording videos prevents the one who films from enjoying the show as one may thus focus more on the screen of the camera than the concert itself. No need to say that our team do want to enjoy the show first (probably like all of us).
Below are new videos as well as some old ones you may already know.
“Electric Blue” – Orléans – November 11, 2012
“Twenty One” – Antwerpen – November 4, 2012
“Astral Projections” – Esch-sur-Alzette – November 2, 2012
Interlude (Shattered instrumental)” – Toulouse – October 25, 2012
“No Need To Argue” – London – October 2, 2012
Tonight The Cranberries offered a safe setlist to the Caen crowd (and then to the future Concert Live CD-set listeners)… until they surprised fans with a flute-playing Dolores on “Electric Blue”!!!
The band used their “Dreams-to-Salvation” setlist which includes mostly older hits from the 90’s. This setlist is similar to the one performed on most Asian/North American concerts last spring.
A few changes were made though, including “Electric Blue” on which Dolores played the flute. Earlier today, a member of the CW team who attended tonight’s show reported that fans heard from the outside of the venue the band rehearse “Electric Blue” a few times this afternoon.
“Twenty-One” was also performed while more recent material like “Show Me” and “Astral Projections” was kept out of the setlist for tonight’s recorded show.
On the bright side of life, fans who buy the CD-set will get the first professional recording of “Raining in My Heart” other than the acoustic version performed several times on last winter promo tour. Let’s hope that the future Paris DVD recording will actually happen and that more “Roses” tracks will be performed.
You can buy the 2-CD set of tonight’s show in Caen directly on the Concert Live website (the encore will be included on CD2, unlike if you bought it on-site).
Please note that CD’s of last month’s London show as well as three “Reunion Tour 2010” shows (Paris, London, Milano) are also still available online.
When You’re Gone
Just My Imagination
You And Me
Put Me Down
I Can’t Be With You
Interlude (Shattered instrumental)
Raining In My Heart
Free To Decide
Losing My Mind
Following the performance of “Dreams” by an Australian X-Factor contestant, The Cranberries greatest hits collection “Stars” topped iTunes‘ pop album charts on November 5th. Which means Number 1. The album aslo ended up at #3 on iTunes’ overall album chart. As for today (Nov. 8), the album is at #33.
“Stars” was released 10 years ago in September 2002!
Thanks to Dosulivan for the info.
Bella Ferraro, an aspiring singer from the Australian version of the TV show The X Factor, covered The Cranberries’ classic hit “Dreams” during the last show on November 5th.
The theme of the last week’s competition was Judges’ Challenge and the song “Dreams” was chosen by Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls fame.
Bella Ferraro performing “Dreams”
According to the young singer, she grew up singing The Cranberries songs. Apparently, the judges loved her performance.
It’s interesting to mention that Ronan Keating, one of the judges and an Irishman himself, said some nice things about the song: “I love that song. I don’t know if people realize this but that is so tough to sing. That is such a tough song. Dolores is an amazing vocalist. Great Irish band, actually. Good song choice, well done!”
The Cranberries are apparently set to record their next DVD at Zénith in Paris this month, according to some member of the band’s road crew. This could explain the mysterious “DVD Set List” inscription on the Luxembourg setlist sheet we reported a few days ago. The ‘berries could have practice this setlist on that night in preparation to the Paris show.
The band has not confirmed the information though. So this is, for now, still a rumor.
In 1999, the band also recorded their last DVD (Beneath the Skin) in Paris, at Bercy. Even though it will be filmed in the same city, the upcoming Zénith show should give a completely different and cosy atmosphere as this venue capacity is 7,000 compared to 17,000 at Bercy.
Cranberries World: a FAN website
Some people expressed their deception over the fact that we were getting people their hopes high and then disappointing them if the news turn out not to be true. Remember that we are only a group of fans from around the world making this website happend on our own free time. We do not have any direct, privileged contact with the band, nor represent them in any way. Our news sources consiste of what is available on the web, what is said or did at concerts and some occasional e-mails to informations sources. So please, take it for what it is, nothing more! 😉
We also would like to thank every person who are emailing us with some pieces of information to include on the site. We will include it over the next months, as the website is still under construction. These information are greatly appreciated!
Yesterday’s Antwerpen show went on in a chaotic atmosphere, according to fans attending the several shows on this tour. The venue’s sound quality was not up to standards. Due this poor sound quality, it seemed like some front-row fans were shouting more loudly than the band was playing. The band seemed to have completely lost concentration — Dolores smiling at the situation during the sad-theme “Put Me Down” and “21”–, and the surrounding crowd, annoyed and a bit sour.
Though time for the CW French team members! It’s getting harder to get you updated with all the information about the numerous shows while we’re following the band on the road.
Also, we decided we would try to film a key moment of the shows we will be attending over the next weeks to share these times with you.
“Astral Projections” – Esch-sur-Alzette 2012
Feel free to request some videos from us in the near future: our french team members should try to attend all the French venues and those at the French border.
The Cranberries included back “Astral Projections” and “Roses”, two tracks from their lastest album on the Luxembourg show! That information was confirmed by one of the CW team member who attended the show. This is such great news as the Caen show recording is coming up in a few days. Let’s hope that the band will perform them on that night.
Setlist – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
UPDATE – NOVEMBER 3
Even though there is a mysterious “DVD SET LIST” inscription at the top right of the setlist sheet, Camille -who attended the Luxembourg show- confirmed that there was no cameras at the venue. So no DVD release plan for the moment…
Two days ago CW reported about some gossiping on differents forums and between fans attending the current tour, whether Dolores had breasts enlargement or not.
We would like to remind you that we did/do not pass any judgement on Dolores appearance, nor condemn the use of plastic surgery. Every person should be free to use such methods if they want to with no fear of being judged by others. Remember though that no one confirmed that Dolores actually had this kind of surgery.
The CW Team felt that this was important to briefly address this topic, as a footnote in our last article, since it was widely discussed between fans.
Now back to celebrate The Cranberries’ music and performances! 😉