O’Riordan’s collaborator brain-teases fans

August 3, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Eric Alexandrakis, who is currently collaborating with Dolores O’ Riordan, left a “fill-in-the-blank” message yesterday on Facebook regarding their upcoming music projects:

Alright alright, you’ve twisted our arms. Dolores O’Riordan and I are working on three projects together. One is a ___u__a__ for an ___i_____ _i__, the other is a collab for the __e____, and the third is a _e___ for a multimedia project and traveling exhibit. I hope that clears things up;)

Anyone resolved the puzzle?
Thanks to Litsa for the info.

Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke

April 27, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

In an interview on RTÉ 2fm on April 18th, Dolores O’ Riordan told Nicky Byrne that she is to collaborate with Andy Rourke (The Smiths, Morrissey).

I have written a bunch of new stuff“, told Dolores.

She also told Byrne that she’ll go to Los Angeles to meet some casting agents as she is interested to get some cameos or small roles there. For O’Riordan, her experience on The Voice was to see if she liked doing some TV. And she did.

Dolores also indicated there is no plan for a Cranberries reunion right now. “You know I just did a reunion tour a couple years ago, and then I did another album, Roses. It just started to be predictable again. It’s nice to move on, different shores, different expriences…

Dolores and ex-Westlife member Byrne also remembered about their duet in 2001 at the Vatican Christmas Concert with “Little Drummer Boy”.

You can listen to the interview on our interview section on CW.
Dolores interview starts around 1:36:00 (podcast no longer available)

Dolores to perform with the Irish Chamber Orchestra tomorrow

December 30, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dolores O’ Riordan will join the “Irish Chamber Orchestra” tomorrow December 31st for a special New Year’s Eve celebration in Limerick.


NYE poster (part of)

The Cranberries lead singer is set to play as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations. The show starts at 8:30 (Limerick time zone) and will be broadcast on Irish TV RTÉ. Dolores will perform some of The Cranberries greatest hits in an orchestra version. Quite exciting!

Fans still remember her exciting rendition of “Zombie” in 2011 with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra or the swing version of “Linger” at Concerto di Natale in 2005.

“Zombie” with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra – Warszawa 2011

Noel Hogan heads back to studio

May 25, 2013  |  Comments Off on Noel Hogan heads back to studio  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

Noel Hogan plans to enter recording studio for his Mono Band solo project next month.
The Cranberries’ guitarist posted a short message on his Facebook production page yesterday, saying that he is set to record some drums and bass for two tracks he did with vocalist Fin Chambers. One of the two titles was already revealed by Hogan in 2011, “Waking Up All Over”, while it is the first time we hear about “Start & Scars”.

Noel has also been doing some production work for other acts for a few weeks.
Senakah‘s “Human Relations” (for which Noel worked as a producer) was released last month.
Take a look at the video below:

Senakah – “Human Relations”

Storm Thorgerson dies

April 19, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Other News

The Cranberries album designer Storm Thorgerson passed away yesterday, April 18th, at age 69. The English graphic designer, mainly influenced by surrealism, is best known for his work on many music album artworks, including Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Storm Thorgerson in 2009

In The Cranberries world, Thorgerson designed “Bury The Hatchet” and “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”. He also created artworks for these two album’s singles and “Beneath The Skin”.

“Bury The Hatchet”

“Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”

Source: The Guardian

Curtain Call made good profits in 2010-2011

April 14, 2013  |  6 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

A year before the release of their first album in 10 years, The Cranberries made good profits through their own company, Curtain Call Ltd.

According to the Irish Times, the band’s company recorded well-deserved profits of €71,973 in 2011 and €248,183 a year before, mainly with their Reunion Tour, while music sales continues to decline in the entertainment industry for a decade or so.

Each of the band’s four members has a 25 per cent stake in Curtain Call.

With the release of “Roses” in 2012, followed by short tours in Asia and North America and an extended one in Europe, 2012 must have been a good year for the band, financial-wise.

No Cranberries at Zacatecas

March 8, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Zacatecas Festival seemed to have announced their 2013 line-up prematurely last month: there never was an agreement for a show between The Cranberries and the festival. We can only assume that the rest of the rumors about Dolores are also unfounded.

About the rumors…

March 6, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Rumors  have been spreading around about Dolores health for a few days now, since Zacatecas Festival canceled The Cranberries gig originally scheduled for March 25th.

Our fansite has chosen not to contribute to the rumors and not to put a name on whatever possible reason the gig was cancelled.  Remember that the band has not announced anything about this, so we can only presume that these are speculations. We would also like to point out that some statements by the Zacatecas representatives include some inaccurate information about Dolores’ previous health condition. The only known health problem that Dolores suffered from over the last few years was some vocal cord nodules.

The current rumor could be a simple misunderstanding.

Whether or not Dolores is afflicted by a health problem, we feel that she should be the one announcing it publicly if she wants to, not some concert promoter. We feel that the last days’ statements were inappropriate.

The CW Team

BREAKING NEWS: Zacatecas festival cancels Cranberries gig

March 4, 2013  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Zacatecas festival announced that The Cranberries will not attend their festival according to DireccionesZac. The band had not confirmed its presence to this festival nor decline it on their official website.

Last week, the Zacatecas festival included The Cranberries on their official program.

Let’s hope that everything is alright with the band and that their silence is only due to some [well-deserve] time off, even though everyone misses them already.

Thanks to Cranberries Mexico for the news.

“Live 2012-London Edition” in store today in the UK

March 4, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Concert Live’s CD release of The Cranberries London 2012 concert is now available in UK music shops and web vendors.

The show was previously available to purchase in CD format exclusively on the Concert Live website since October. It was also released digitally last December.

Now available in UK shops and other vendors

Windmill master tapes might be Universal-Island’s property

March 2, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Master tapes recorded at the Windmill Lane Studios might be Universal and Island’s record property, as the record label probably paid for the recording sessions back then.

Tony Perrey from Windmill Lane Studios was interviewed today on RTE radio and explained that in many cases, records labels have the rights on these master tapes. No words on The Cranberries in this interview though…

You can listen to the interview HERE.

Thanks to the Dave Fanning Archives for the info.

20 years ago: Everybody else was doing it… and so did they!

March 2, 2013  |  Comments Off on 20 years ago: Everybody else was doing it… and so did they!  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ debut album turns 20 this week-end… and sounds as fresh as if it was recorded yesterday! Released on March 1, 1993 in Europe and March 2nd in North America, “Everybody Else Is Doing  It, So Why Can’t We?” was recorded at the mythical Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland

Last Thursday, we learned that the mater tapes of this album, which could include possible outtakes and unreleased tracks, are facing destruction as Windmill Lane Studios appealed to musicians who have worked there to collect them before next May or else they’ll be destroyed.

The Cranberries began the recording of their first album in January 1992 with Pearse Gilmore who previously worked with them on their Xeric label material. However, the band was not happy with the results and the work was scrapped. “Unhappy with the results – Gilmore had cluttered the mixes with dance beats and industrial-style guitar – and barely on speaking term with each other, the band scrapped the tracks and fired Gilmore” (Rolling Stone Magazine, March 23, 1995, page 60). After hiring a new manager, the band started working again on the album, this time with producer Stephen Street.

Everybody Else… peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on this chart for 130 weeks (more than 2 years!). After a rough start in the UK, the album reached #1 of Album Charts and stayed in chart for 86 weeks. The album sold almost 8 millions copies worldwide, making it the second best selling Cranberries album after “No Need To Argue”.

The album was reissued in 2002 with its singles’ b-sides as bonus tracks.
Check out our Everybody Else… album page for more details about this record.

Also, two nice recent reviews of the album, one written last year and the other just a few days ago. They look back at the album which became a 90’s classic:

The Cranberries master tapes face destruction

February 28, 2013  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Time is actually ticking out!!
Legendary Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin has issued an appeal to musicians who have worked there to collect their master tapes, among them some of The Cranberries recordings, or else they’ll be destroyed.

Some of the old tapes, including work by The Cranberries, on display at Windmill Lane Studios

“We’re appealing to any artists who’ve worked here using two-inch multitrack tapes to come in and reclaim them because we’re in the process of disposing of these tapes” Ian Brady of Pulse told RTÉ Ten. Windmill is now owned by Pulse Recording College.

The Cranberries recorded “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?“, “To The Faithful Departed“, “Wake Up and Smell The Coffee” and part of “Bury The Hatchet” at Windmill Lane studios. Who said everything?

Many of the tapes are either demos, master tape back-ups or discarded takes. Windmill Lane Studios will start to destroy the unclaimed tapes on May 7th.

Let’s hope that the band sees this and reclaims their tapes to save them for posterity! Wouldn’t it be nice to have some alternate takes or unreleased tracks just in time to celebrate “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” 20th anniversary this year?


rte.ie

Source: rte.ie

Confirmed: The Cranberries in Zacatecas this March

February 22, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will performed their first concert in Mexican soil since 2010 next March!
The official Facebook page of the Festival Cultural Zacatecas confirmed the rumor yesterday. The band will be at the Plaza De Armas in Zacatecas, Mexico on Monday, March 25th. This will be a free event.

The Cranberries are on break right now since the last show of the European Tour in Montbéliard, France last December.

The Cranberries to tour in Mexico next March (?)

February 21, 2013  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to tour in Mexico next March (?)  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Rumor spread over the internet today that The Cranberries will be part of the Festival Cultural Zacatecas 2013, next March. This year’s program supposedly leaked on social networks today and The Cranberries are said to be part of the March 25th show at Plaza de Armas.

The official 2013 Festival line-up should be released tomorrow.

Thanks to Cranberries Mexico for the info.

Source: Lo Que Es No Tener que Hacer

The Cranberries mentioned on “Family Guy” cartoon series

February 12, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

In this quiet period of time in Cranberries-land, here’s a fun tidbit of information: The Cranberries were briefly mentioned on last Sunday’s episode of hit cartoon series “Family Guy”.

The Cranberries were mentioned among tons of other bands as being part of the soundtrack of a fake Valentine’s Day movie staring the cast of Family Guy. But don’t look forward to hear The Cranberries on any Family Guy soundtrack as this was just a joke, Family-Guy style!

The Cranberries Credit (on the right side)


Thanks to Richard for this piece of info!

New official Noel Hogan website “coming soon”

February 3, 2013  |  Comments Off on New official Noel Hogan website “coming soon”  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

Noel Hogan will launch a new website in a near future, according to The Cranberries guitarist and music producer himself. Previous monoband.co.uk and gohanrecords.com websites are no longer accessible and redirect internet users to a one-page site at noelhogan.com where it reads:

Solo work, collaborations and production by Cranberries guitarist, Noel Hogan.
Listen to or buy music by Noel Hogan, including the debut solo project, Mono Band, and Arkitekt, a collaboration with Richard Walters.

There is no word about a launch date or if a new side project is on its way.
More on this soon…

The official community closed again (?)

January 25, 2013  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries official community is not accessible since yesterday.
Technical problem or second shut down in less than a year?

The community website first closed last June after the band went on a summer break due to Dolores health problems. The site was put back online in September, few weeks before the band’s European tour. It is unknown if this accessibility problem is due to the a technical problem or if the band decided to shut down the site once again. The community did not seem to recover from the first shut down as few people joined the discussion forum since September. Is this the end, time will tell…

Thanks to Javi for the info.

Unreleased Mono Band “Track 29” revealed

January 3, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

A never-heard-before Mono Band song entitled “Track 29 (demo edit)” was posted today on SoundCloud by the man himself, Noel Hogan.

“Track 29”, a collaboration with vocalist Richard Walters, was most likely recorded in the period of time between the first Mono Band album and the Arkitekt project.

Other songs posted today on Noel Hogan’s SoundCloud include “Army of Mice” (2005), “Track 26” (2006) and “Pacing (acoustic version)” (2009), all recorded with Richard Walters. The first two tracks were briefly posted on Mono Band’s MySpace page in the mid-2000’s while  the latter was released on Arkitekt’s “14 Days” single.

Thanks to Noel for this lovely New Year’s surprise!

Source: Noel Hogan’s SoundCloud page

(ALL TRACKS NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Happy Christmas and a Merry… New Year!

December 24, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

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

Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2006

December 23, 2012  |  Comments Off on Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2006  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

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.

Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2005

December 23, 2012  |  Comments Off on Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2005  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

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

Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2002

December 23, 2012  |  Comments Off on Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2002  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

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.

Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2001

December 22, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

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).

“South Dakota” OST to be released next year

December 21, 2012  |  Comments Off on “South Dakota” OST to be released next year  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

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

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