CW would like to wish its readers a… Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year! Or is it the other way around?! 😛
The Cranberries – “Doors and Windows”
Dolores in 2008
And now here’s the last present we have for you in our hood: Dolores’ last Christmas Concert performance in 2006. That year, the concert took place in Monte-Carlo as the Pope Benedict XVI cancelled the traditional concert in Vatican. At this show Dolores performed “Angel Fire”, one of her solo song, in an orchestral version and two Christmas songs, “Away In A Manger” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, that she already sang in 2002.
The Christmas Special continues… Let’s go on with the 3rd participation of Dolores to the Christmas Concert in Vatican in 2005. Just like in 2002 Dolores performed “Linger” and “Adeste Fideles” but this time in a new orchestral version for the first one and as a duet with Gianluca Terranova for the second. To end the show she sang “White Christmas” with all the other artists who participated to the show.
Dolores and Gianluca Terranova
Now, the 10th edition of the Christmas Concert in 2002.
Before the show Dolores met the Pope John Paul II: here’s a short interview (link no longer available) from current.com where she tells about it.
At this show Dolores sang an orchestral version of “Linger” and two Christmas songs, “Adeste Fideles” and “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)”, the latter with various artists.
As announced earlier this week, today we’re celebrating “Christmas before time”.
There will be updates on CW with Dolores’ performances at the Christmas Concerts from 2001 to 2006.
Let’s start with the 9th edition of those “Concerto di Natale”, it was in 2001 in Vatican and it was Dolores’ very first participation to such concerts. She performed 4 songs: An orchestral version of “Analyse” and 3 Christmas classics, “Little Drummer Boy“(with Westlife), “Panis Angelicus” and “Silent Night‘ (with various artists).
Dear ‘berries fans,
Now that we all survived this end-of-the-world-day, we’re very happy to announce that next Sunday -Dec 23rd- will be “Christmas Before Time” on Cranberries World!
All day long, we’ll update the site adding information about Dolores performances to the Christmas Concerts in Vatican or in Monte-Carlo from 2001 to 2006. Song List and Promo Performances sections will be updated. Stay tuned…
Film director Bruce Isacson confirmed that a soundtrack from the movie “South Dakota” will be released in 2013 and all 4 songs from Dolores O’ Riordan will be included.
This means the original versions of “Apple Of My Eye” and “Stupid” along with new solo versions of “Dreams” and “Empty”.
Bruce Isacson explains:
Dolores went back into the studio and recorded a new version of “Dreams” and “Empty”. We feel the new recordings have more passion than the original, that comes from her maturity and greater experience since the original recording
South Dakota film director Bruce Isacson
As for the musical score segment that Dolores contributed, it does not have a proper title, although it is referred as the “Subway Scene”.
Dolores at the “Teen Screen”
Remember that you can contribute money via Kickstarter to help Isacson distribute the movie. Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. Your pledges will help them raise the P&A Budget (Prints and Advertising Materials).
“South Dakota” screened for 1,000 teenage girls from 17 Los Angeles County high schools
Source: Bruce Isacson
“South Dakota”, a docufiction movie about teenage pregnancy and abortion, will finally see a national release in the USA in October 2013… with some new music from Dolores!
Filmmaker Bruce Isacson confirmed to Cranberries World that 4 songs by Dolores will be featured in the movie: original versions of “Stupid” and “Apple Of My Eye” and brand new versions of The Cranberries’ “Empty” and “Dreams”, for which Dolores went back into studio to record them.
Dolores also contributed to the movie score told Isacson:
Dolores scored one of our sequences in the film, and she is credited as one of the film’s composers. Dolores and her husband Don Burton have been extremely supportive of our important film! I am so thankful for their continued encouragement.
The “South Dakota” movie project was first announced in 2009. The movie portrays two dramatic stories about unplanned pregnancies along with sound bites of passionate pro choice and pro life advocates. Film director explains:
I found that so many of the women, when they go into this crisis of an unwanted pregnancy, they don’t have enough information so they can arrive at an intelligent decision or what course of action to take. And that’s why I made the film. You know, I stayed neutral. I didn’t want to manipulate my audience with my own point of view
Check out below the movie trailer featuring a message from the Director and some footage from a screening back in 2009 in which you can see Dolores.
Note that the versions of “Dreams” and “Empty” in this footage are the 1993 and 1994 album versions, not the new ones.
Official trailer & a personal word from the director
“South Dakota” swept major awards at the 2010 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival including Best Screenplay and Best Director.
You can follow the South Dakota movie project on Facebook.
You can also contribute money to help Isacson distribute the movie via Kickstarter. Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. Your pledges will help them raise the P&A Budget (Prints and Advertising Materials).
Source: Bruce Isacson
Here comes -out of the blue- the song that no one requested. How could that have happened when we knew Dolores couldn’t sing it anymore? Get ready for our video of “Ode To My Family” recorded in Montbéliard, France.
One of us was lucky enough to catch sight of the setlist a few minutes before the lights were turned off, hence the fact we were prepared to capture what would necessarily be the highlight of the show. If some of you were moved by “Roses” in Luxembourg or Paris, get your tissues ready cause this was even more poignant! As you all know now, this was the one and only time Ode was performed on this European tour, simply because it was the last show of the European tour.
Recorded from the seated area in the back of the venue and close to the center, this view appears to be quite perfect. Feel free to share it, steal it, download it or whatever you want… ENJOY!
“Ode To My Family” – Montbéliard – December 9, 2012
What a show, dear ‘Berries friends, what a show!
For their last concert of the European Roses Tour, The Cranberries surprised their fans playing “Ode To My Family” for the one and sole time on the whole tour, whereas Dolores seemed not too keen on playing it because of the recent death of her father a year ago. An intense and very emotional moment which we tried to capture in video and should post as soon as possible (just like the band, we need a little break 😉 ).
Just My Imagination
Ode To My Family
Free To Decide
Fire & Soul
I Can’t Be With You
No Need To Argue
Schizophrenic Playboy (which replaced You And Me and Promises)
Although Dolores spat several times on stage, explaining she was very sick, the band did and amazing and beautiful performance. Dolores didn’t miss the opportunity to thank everyone who made this tour true such as the fans who she said they’ll miss, while telling the audience that this was their last show after a 32-date tour. She also gave away a couple of gifts to thank some fans who followed the band around.
Below our first photos off our Twitter account:
Snowy Montbéliard… & so cold (in
Many of those who were waiting impatiently for their Caen 2-CD set from Concert Live got a sour surprise in their mailbox this week.
Unlike specified on their website, Concert Live sent their e-customers the 3-disk set, which was previously available at the Caen concert. This edition does not include any information (name of the venue, date, tracklist), as it was burned and packaged right after the Caen gig for on-site customers. Internet buyers received that 3-disk set, but with the encore already burnt on CD 2, leaving the third disk unused and irrelevant in this CD set.
Several fans who attended the Caen show had already bought that 3-CD set and payed another 20 pounds for the 2-CD set… but got another copy of the 3-CD set instead.
Contacted on this matter, Concert Live indicated that “2-Disc versions with a tracklist are only available 6 months after the tour is finished”, an information contradictory with the product description on their website and the London CD set.
For the London show, most e-customers received the 2-CD set with credit information and track list printed on the sleeve. Some other buyers randomly received the 3-CD set though!! Some other fans did not mind the mix up as the musical content was much important than the artwork for them.
As for the digital edition of the London show available on iTunes and Amazon since December 3, some fans reported that the audio files were not edited and that the CD fade-in/fade-out were also on the digital files.
With the European tour ending in a few days, many are wondering what The Cranberries will do next..
While no confirmed plans have been announced, there are a few hints out there, saying that the band could continue touring sometime in 2013. At several concerts in France, Dolores finished up the show with a “see you next year”. Also, a French concert promotion agency, Pression Live (which is not involved with the band in the current tour) posted on Facebook last Thursday a weird message with a link to a video from the Sanremo Festival:
They were on tour in Europe for the last few months.
It would be a shame to deny yourself of them.
Here they are, live!
Also, the band did not stop by Latin America where there is a large active fan base nor the western part of North America last Spring, on their short North Eastern American tour. Could a second American Tour be up the sleeve too?
To be continued…
As requested, and a little late, here is our video recorded in Nantes.
We thought this version of “Put Me Down” was quite interesting as Dolores plays with harmonics, lowering her voice tone so that it fits Johanna’s voice.
“Put Me Down” – Nantes – November 24, 2012