Noel Hogan: New self-produced project for release early next year

January 15, 2015  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

Noel Hogan recently gave an interview published online on audient.com
Not necessarily well-known to the general public, Audient is a company producing professional audio equipment qualified by Noel as “perfect for me”.

In this interview Noel talks about his personal equipment related to Audient and gives a clue on his recent work:

New material with vocals that I’ve been working on for a few years is coming together now. We don’t have a title yet, but it’s due for release early next year

 

The next few months will see me working from my home studio, but after that it will be a combination of here and working in France. The next project is in the early stages. It combines the talents of bands both in France and Ireland to see what the end result brings. This is a big project that will take up most of the year.

Depending on when the interview was given the “early next year” Noel is talking about probably is early 2015 which means soon (or is it early 2016?).

The Cranberries still making profit in 2014

December 9, 2014  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries still making profit in 2014  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Like every end of year new figures and balance sheets in the music business appear in the medias. Today the independent.ie published some of them about The Cranberries in an article entitled “No squeeze as Cranberries enjoy profit of €333,000“. No need to say the amounts given in this kind of articles are never clearly sourced and have to be taken very carefully.

independent.ie

Noel Hogan: new official website launched

December 7, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

Last October 8, Noel Hogan posted a little teaser on his public Facebook saying “Something is coming” with some kind of a new “NH” logo.

Most of people then supposed it was a new website coming and they were right!
Yesterday Noel posted again about this topic and announced on Facebook the official launched of www.noelhogan.com


UPDATE 2017:

www.noelhogan.com is no longer and the address now links to cranberries.com

Dolores 3rd solo album: 6 tracks done with Marco Mendoza so far

December 5, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores 3rd solo album: 6 tracks done with Marco Mendoza so far  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

2 days ago the webzine 100% rock magazine published the complete interview Marco Mendoza gave in november and that first appeared in edited form in X-Press Magazine’s December 2 issue. X-Press Magazine is one of the most-circulated free street presses in Australia.

xpressmag.com.au

On the edited version the few words about Dolores were skipped (possibly because Marco was coming to Australia to play concerts with his band The Dead Daisies which has nothing to do with Dolores) but on the long & online version his words concerning Dolores O’ Riordan are revealed. Nothing really new that we didn’t know before but one thing: 6 tracks done in studio so far and more to come after his Australian concerts. Obviously this was before Dolores was arrested, now it will/should be after after!

Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries called me from New York, and so I flew up there. We were at the Electric Lady studios recording, we did six tracks.

I got home, and I’m going to continue that after I’m done with The Daisies, she’s trying to get an album together for a solo project. This’ll be my third album with her.

Universal Music Mexico releases a new version of STARS: The Best of 1992-2002

December 3, 2014  |  Comments Off on Universal Music Mexico releases a new version of STARS: The Best of 1992-2002  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Out of the blue, Universal Music Mexico released last month a brand new CD version of the best of STARS named “The One & Only CD” and locally available at Mixup music store for $70.00 MXN. Tracklist remains unchanged, exact same order, only the artworks of booklet and cd are changing. Have a look below:

The One & Only CD – booklet and tray

The One & Only CD – compact disc

Thanks to Cranberries MEXICO and Miguel Hernández for the info.

Your chance to live in a piece of Irish Rock History

December 1, 2014  |  Comments Off on Your chance to live in a piece of Irish Rock History  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Almost 2 years ago the Legendary Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin had issued an appeal to musicians who have worked there to collect their master tapes or else they’ll be destroyed. Among them The Cranberries. Most of fans know this is the studio where the band recorded some of their best albums including the debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Until today nobody knows if members of The Cranberries rescued their master tapes or not. Let’s hope yes as these recordings really are MASTERPIECE.

Today the article entitled “Your chance to live in a piece of Irish rock history for just €200k” published by herald.ie reports that the famous Dublin recording studio is to be sold at auction with a reserve at €170,000/200,000.

Wanna live where artists like The Cranberries, U2, The Police and Sting, The Waterboys, Mary Black and many more recorded some of their best songs, today is your chance. Anyone interested?

herald.ie

Dolores gives her version to Barry Egan in the Sunday Independent today

November 16, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Today the Irish newspaper “Sunday Independent” published an interview with Dolores where she gives her version to Barry Egan on the recent events. As you probably know Barry Egan is a journalist Dolores trusts a lot and the articles/interviews are always unique and very interesting! Dolores is on the front page of the newspaper supplement LIVING.

Sunday Independent – Front page

LIVING (newspaper supplement) – Dolores on front page

Take a look at the online versions by clicking HERE for the article entitled “People look at you and see a product. They don’t see a soul, but an empty hole – Barry Egan speaks to Dolores O’Riordan

independent.ie (People…)

and HERE for the article entitled “Our Lady Of Sorrows – Dolores O’Riordan

independent.ie (Our Lady…)

HQ photo published on the Independent.ie today

BREAKING NEWS: Dolores splits from husband of 20 years

November 12, 2014  |  4 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

According to the article entitled “Cranberries singer DOR splits from husband of 20 years – as details of airplane assault are revealed” published tonight by Goss.ie, Dolores’ mother Eileen has given an in-depth interview in tomorrow’s Limerick Leader where she reveals the singer’s marriage is over.

This might explain the behavior of Dolores these last days/weeks.

Some fans noticed she appeared without her marriage ring in recent photos suggesting there might be problems in her marriage… well, it seems confirmed now.
Sad news!

goss.ie

Dolores appearing front page in many newspapers today (UPDATED)

November 11, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores appearing front page in many newspapers today (UPDATED)  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Yesterday the breaking news of Dolores arrested at Shannon airport spread the medias and especially the web where reactions are immediat. And today as you can imagine Dolores is appearing front page in the “real physical” press in Ireland as well as inside a lot of newspapers worldwide. Here are some of them. This post will probably be updated with more very soon. So take a look back sometimes. Thanks to silverroy22 for noticing it.

Thank you to silverroy22, Johann Rosales and Cranberries-Greece


UPDATE – NOVEMBER 12 

Dolores jamming in studio today with… Marco Mendoza

October 30, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores jamming in studio today with… Marco Mendoza  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A new photo of Dolores O’ Riordan in New York City appeared on Instagram today. This time it wasn’t posted by a random fan but a famous professional concert photographer named Katarina Benzova who’s notably working with Guns N’ Roses, the rock band who led her to get known (especially as she’s dating Richard Fortus one of the guitarists of the band).

It seems that this time Dolores stopped for a little jam in the studio with the rock band “The Dead Daisies” made of Marco Mendoza, Jon Stevens, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed and more. Right now they are in NYC rehearsing for their upcoming shows. According to Katarina’s instagram, the photo was taken at SIR Studios on 25th Street in New York City.

Jon Stevens, Dolores O’ Riordan, Marco Mendoza – Photo: Katarina Benzova

It is not too surprising to finally find a photo of Dolores taken by Katarina Benzova as she’s been on tour a lot with Marco Mendoza recently, with Thin Lizzy for instance, and as you might remember Marco used to collaborate with Dolores on her first solo album and tour. He is said to be a very good friend of the Burtons.

On Katarina’s photo, everyone will notice Dolores wearing that kind of medieval hat which was part of the costume she already wore in the streets of NYC a few days ago. Remember? How cool is that!

Dolores and Instagram user huydtruong in the streets of NYC – October 17, 2014

Looks like Dolores is still in NYC

October 27, 2014  |  Comments Off on Looks like Dolores is still in NYC  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

According to this new selfie posted by Instagram user dolphin1414, Dolores is still in New York City this Monday.

Dolores and Instagram user dolphin1414 in New York City today

A prolific “The Hand” much to our delight

October 22, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Other News

If you know the work of The Hand you probably already know that he is a very prolific cartoonist. As you can judge on his Facebook and official website he sketched a lot of international and local (Italian) celebrities with his own unique style.
These last months he drew a lot of new portraits of our favorite Dolores. CW already wrote about that last august… but The Hand continued to draw of lot more after that.

published on September 6, 2014

One by one on our Facebook we shared his works but that is something we don’t really like to do as many people don’t have, don’t like or simply don’t want Facebook. For all those people, here’s a summary of his work:

published yesterday, Oct. 21

published on Oct.17

As you can see the man was bloody inspired by the pictures of Dolores these last couple of weeks, who would not be?

For the following drawing he even published a short video and colored versions:

published on Sept.27

“sketching Dolores O’Riordan – Sept.27”

published on Sept.27

published on Oct.14

published on Sept.23

He also drew 2 classic poses directly inspired by the videoclips Zombie & Promises.

published on Aug.17

published on Oct.19

If you like his work, some of his drawings are on sale by the artist directly. More details can be found on his website, don’t hesitate to contact him, he is a nice guy!

“Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book feat. pic(s) of Dolores

October 16, 2014  |  Comments Off on “Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book feat. pic(s) of Dolores  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A new 256p book featuring hundreds of photos taken by the Limerick Leader photographers was published this week.
Photos come from the archive of this Irish local newspaper and many of them are published for the first time. It appears that there is (are?) picture(s) of Dolores O’ Riordan among many other Irish famous faces like, for instance, Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy.

“Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book

The book costs €29.99 and seems unfortunately to be only available locally.
More details in this Limerick Leader article.

“The Pigtown Fling” on Irish TV tonight

September 26, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

Tonight at 8:30 PM (Irish time) airs on RTÉ One a TV show called “The works”. This is a 30 min show that includes a lot of various reports. So “The Pigtown Fling” part should not be that long… well, we’ll see!

Not living in Ireland or not receiving this channel?
Not a problem: you all remember how to watch the streaming on the internet for “The Voice of Ireland”, thanks to Irishsoul from Italy. Yes her great work still works fine. You have then no excuse for not watching/recording tonight’s show.

Watch the streaming by clicking HERE (link no longer available)

“The Pigtown Fling” next saturday’s concert now SOLD OUT

September 18, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Pigtown Fling” next saturday’s concert now SOLD OUT  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

The committee of “The Pigtown Fling” announced yesterday on their Facebook that “The Pigtown Fling” gig coming this Saturday has now completely sold out. The album on CD is ready and will be given for free at the venue. All the artists and team look forward to seeing you this Saturday (september 20) at the Crescent Hall in Limerick, Ireland. Doors open at 7.30 PM with the gig starting at 8:00 PM sharp.

Things are definitely going really well for this musical project. Two days ago Noel wrote on his Tumblr account it was great to be sitting at home listening to one of the tracks on the Radio. There were a lot of media appearances these last weeks in the press, radio and even on Irish TV where “The launch of the Pigtown Fling” aired this evening (Sept 17) on Sky191.

No doubt there will be more media appearances after the show. So who’s going? If you are, don’t hesitate to send us live reports and/or photos of the show, poster, setlist, crowd, venue, ticket, the limited edition CD or anything else that you can judge interesting it’s up to you, we may publish that here.

In the meantime Noel is appearing this coming weekend in the Limerick Post Newspaper (to be published on September 20) and in 2 different categories. You can already read the online edition by clicking this link or the ePaper edition (pages 55 and 86) by clicking this other link.

T.P.F. Producer N.H. discusses arrangements with Kenneth Rice

limerickpost.ie

Limerick Post – ePaper – Page 55

Limerick Post – ePaper – Page 86

Inauguration of the Polish Presidency 2011 – HD VIDEO

September 11, 2014  |  7 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A year and a half ago, one of our readers, Piotr from Poland, sent us the HD 1080 video of Dolores performing for the “Inauguration of the Polish Presidency” on July 1, 2011 recorded on TVP HD. The video was uploaded in 4 parts and for some reason one of them was corrupted and we never succeeded to watch it.

This week we recontacted Piotr and he agreed to re-send/re-upload it. He also agreed to share it with the world and gave us permission to spread his direct link so here we go. It is the complete performance, it is about 410 MB and it really is worth it, take a look at the 2 screen caps below if you have any doubts.
Enjoy!

DIRECT LINK HERE

This special performance with the symphonic orchestra really is one of a kind and this is maybe the first time most of us will see it in HD. If like us you like this video maybe take a minute to thank Piotr by leaving a word (in the “leave a reply” below) or just a thank you and in Polish please… or not!

Screen captures from the HD 1080 video

2 new interviews: Noel Hogan on the radio and The Hand on Cranberriesitalia.it

September 8, 2014  |  Comments Off on 2 new interviews: Noel Hogan on the radio and The Hand on Cranberriesitalia.it  |  by Axl  |  Other News

More medias for “The Pigtown Fling”: Noel Hogan and Eoin Devereux will be interviewed on “Limerick Today” on September 9th. The interview airs at 11:25 AM on LIVE95FM
Source: TPF Facebook

Another interview, this time with the famous cartoonist The Hand, was published on Cranberriesitalia.it. Obviously it is in Italian but “Google Translation” works pretty well on this one!

cranberriesitalia.it

Well known in the world of The Cranberries, The Hand recently drew new portraits of The Cranberries and Dolores as reported here. He also just posted on Facebook a brand new drawing for Dolores’ birthday:

Happy Birthday dear Dolores

“The Pigtown Fling” officially launched… and going well!

September 5, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

Last Tuesday, September 2nd, was the official launch of “The Pigtown Fling”, a major musical project to develop a sustainable music industry in Limerick.
To celebrate this, a special event was organized at “The Blind Pig”, a bar restaurant located on Thomas Street in Limerick. For obvious reason this could not happen anywhere else!

The chef Pig at the bar

An invitation was posted a few days before the event on The Pigtown Fling Facebook and everyone was welcome for a lunchtime:

Invitation

Some of the artists were there and things were quite simple: some food, drinks, a mic on its stand and a promotional poster for background. Noel Hogan (producer) as well as John Greenwood (creator and director) and Pr. Eoin Devereux spoke to the guests to explain what the concept of this album was all about. The rest of the time seemed like a long and pleasant meet and greet.

Below, some of the photos of the event. Some of you will discover Noel’s new look (well… not so new now), cool beard isn’t it. And there are 25 more photos posted on The Pigtown Fling Facebook.

Noel Hogan, John Greenwood, Pr. Eoin Devereux

About the music itself, to this day we can discover 4 songs out of 17 that will appear on the coming CD. On August, 2 songs have officially surfaced “In My House” and “Hide & Creep”. Those 2 tunes airplayed on a few Irish radio (ClareFM, TippFM, 8 Radio…) and have been posted on the internet as well. (Soundcloud links no longer available)

The reaction so far has been positive. Since then a 3rd song called “Peppermint Love” and a 4th song called “February 13th” were posted last week and yesterday (respectively) on the internet on John Greenwood’s Soundcloud . (links no longer available)
All these 4 samples are gathered on a Promo CD whose Noel posted a picture on Tumblr on Sept. 2nd:

The Pigtown Fling Promo CD

Media coverage seems quite good too even if quite local for now. Here are 2 different articles in the Limerick Leader, one published on August 30th entitled “Sounds of The Pigtown Fling” (a story according to Noel) and the other one published today Sept. 5th entitled “Musical legacy project brings together 47 great performers” (a report about the launch event at The Blind Pig bar).

Limerick Leader – August 30, 2014

Limerick Leader – September 5, 2014

Dont’ forget this “over a year of workshops project” will culminate in a showcase gig at Crescent Hall in Limerick on September 20th.

Vocals going down tomorrow for Dolores on “La Fine”

August 25, 2014  |  Comments Off on Vocals going down tomorrow for Dolores on “La Fine”  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

As often these last weeks, news about Dolores come from the composer/musician Eric Alexandrakis who informs us on his Facebook that Dolores should record some vocals tomorrow on an “Electrons” track he wrote called “La Fine”. “Electrons” probably is the name of the project or band (?) Good news.

@DolORiordan vox going down tomorrow on an Electrons track I wrote called “La Fine”. It’s going to be fantastico, e molto impressionante.

 

“Ice Bucket Challenge” continues, now The Sage Café feat. Mike

August 24, 2014  |  Comments Off on “Ice Bucket Challenge” continues, now The Sage Café feat. Mike  |  by Axl  |  Other News

This time it is Mike Hogan’s turn to appear on an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video. It was posted yesterday on The Sage Café’s Facebook. Mike is one of the guys pouring the buckets of ice water on others (hey, he is the boss after all)… and seems to enjoy it.


The Sage Café’s nominations

And you can watch the video below:

Sage cafe ice bucket challenge.#ALS.We nominate Savoy hotel,Red Hen bar and Cornstore.

Posted by The Sage Cafe on Samstag, 23. August 2014

 

Funny indeed, but this video is not the direct response to Noel challenging him. So we might have another video with Mike very soon (or not!) and this time he might not enjoy it as much as he just did. Stay tuned.

Noel Hogan accepts the “Ice Bucket Challenge”

August 23, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Other News

This summer if you’re living on the same planet as us, you probably noticed tons of videos of celebrities or friends pouring a bucket of ice water on their head. This is called the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge” and Noel just agreed to do it and posted the video on his Tumblr. Have a look his video is quite funny… especially the way his family reacts.

http://noelhogan2.tumblr.com/post/95492661202

The Ice Bucket Challenge spread over the internet these last months and kept growing and growing this summer. It all started from an athlete suffering from a degenerative disease combined with a good dose of self-deprecating media from the celebrities. Bill Gates even did it! The principle is based on having more and more videos all over medias/internet of people doing it to get funds for the ALS association. ALS is for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Those who are nominated have 24 hours to do it and can challenge 3 people of their choice to do the same. If they don’t accept they have to donate $100 to the association. It appears that most of celebrities are doing both. On this day ALS raised more than 60 million dollars.

In turns out that Noel has nominated 3 people of his choice and an interesting name for us, Cranfans, surfaced: Mike Hogan

So who’s gonna challenge Dolores? Noel didn’t… Mike maybe!
Even if there is not much chances that Dolores will do it as she tends to avoid the Internet and everything that revolves around it, it may reach her one way or another. Mike may nominate Russell, Russell may nominate Don and Don… well, we’ll see!
Good cause and good fun.

Catherine Hogan pouring the bucket (and seems to enjoy it 🙂 )

“Limerick City of Culture 2014” continues…

August 19, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Noel Hogan has been working hard for the city of Limerick this year with different musical projects like “The Pigtown Fling” album & concert as well as “The Music Bus”. Now it is Dolores’ turn to do something…again!

After playing live with the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the grand opening concert on New Year’s Eve, a new article entitled “Dolores O’Riordan adds to Limerick’s Limericks walking tour” published by Hot Press today informs us that she recently joined the list of celebrities who have written a “Limerick writing”.

Here is her poem/thought/word about her hometown:

In this here town my life begun,
I left this place when I was young
To seek my fortune, say my say,
I found myself so far away
I made my mark, life moved on, this is the town that made me strong

Anyone can participate, not only celebrities!
Apparently the contest, because it appears to be a contest, already received a huge volume of entries. Winners will be featured on the upcoming virtual walking tour of the city. So if you think you have something to say about Limerick and would like to join in, you can still send your words until August 25th. Dolores probably already won (or more probably she is out of competition) and will be featured.

hotpress.com

3 new drawings of Dolores/T.C. by the one and only The Hand

August 13, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

If you are a long time Cranberries fan you know The Hand FOR SURE. He is possibly the best cartoonist who has ever drawn The Cranberries. These last couple of days he published on Facebook 3 new drawings of Dolores and the band. Everyone may recognize different periods in time:

This first drawing clearly is inspired by Dolores’ last look on “The Voice of Ireland” TV show, a very 1993 look with hair partially shaved and rings on the ears. This one was published today, August 13th.

This second drawing seems to be a mix between past and present. Dolores still has the recent look of “The Voice of Ireland” while her pose reminds of us of an old picture of her. Published on August 9th.

This one belongs to the old times with the whole band and the legendary sofa. Published on August 4th.

Just for fun, let’s pay attention to this fourth drawing which does NOT represent any band members as it is just two “hipster” runners according to The Hand, but the look of these guys is very close to that of Noel Hogan these days, don’t you think so? Published on August 6th.

Brilliant!
The Hand is still a very talented five star artist.

The Pigtown Fling showcase free with new CD purchase

August 8, 2014  |  Comments Off on The Pigtown Fling showcase free with new CD purchase  |  by Axl  |  Noel Hogan

Noel Hogan published on Tumblr today an advert for the upcoming concert of “The Pigtown Fling” on September 20th at Crescent Hall in Limerick.
The show will start at 8:00 PM and only 500 tickets are available!

Good news, the concert/showcase is free if you purchase the limited edition CD (€12.00) via the following website: www.limetreetheatre.ie  (scroll down and you’ll see the information link).

The Pigtown Fling in concert – Sept.20, 2014

If you have no idea what The Pigtown Fling project is, take a look here and here.

Dolores definitely not coming back to “The Voice of Ireland”

August 7, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

According to the article entitled “The Voice could have new a line-up of coaches with none yet signed up for new series” published by the Irish Mirror yesterday, Dolores O’ Riordan is definitely not coming back to the TV show “The Voice of Ireland”.

Well, even if we already had clues about it and even if it still hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, it seems quite clear that Dolores is not returning for another season next year unless producers would like to spring a surprise… with those kind of TV shows you never know!


irishmirror.ie

The Cranberries Press