A second interview of the band to be published in Q magazine

September 24, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

The upcoming month edition of Q magazine (Q391 / November 2018 / order here), out tomorrow Tuesday 25 September, will apparently be featuring a 2-page interview of the boys as The Cranberries are about to release next month the 25th anniversary edition of their debut album.

“You remember what she was like then, what we were like, and that sometimes is more difficult than remembering her later on in life.”
– Noel Hogan

Thanks to The Cranberries Newspaper for the info!

Heart & Soul: Critical Essays On Joy Division featuring a foreword by Noel Hogan

September 24, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Noel Hogan

As announced earlier today by Professor Eoin Devereux on his Twitter account, our very fav guitarist Noel Hogan wrote a foreword for the book “Heart & Soul: Critical Essays On Joy Division” that Professor Devereux co-writed with Lecturers Martin J Power and Aileen Dillane.


Pr Eoin Devereux – Twitter

Obviously a very interesting piece to own for all music fans who would like to explore the contribution of this influential band to rock music!

Book ordering details on the link below:

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786603340/Heart-And-Soul-Critical-Essays-On-Joy-Division


Heart & Soul – Front cover

Our interview with French Director Olivier Dahan

September 17, 2018  |  5 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

We may know Olivier Dahan as the director of La Vie en Rose, Le Petit Poucet or Grace de Monaco, but to us, he is the iconic director of four music videos for The Cranberries as well as one from Dolores O’Riordan’s first solo album.

A few weeks ago, Olivier Dahan was kind enough to answer our questions and revisit his fruitful collaboration with The Cranberries.

Cranberries World: First, let’s start by talking about your first project with the band, how was your first collaboration in 1996, on Salvation?

Olivier Dahan: I worked at the time at ‘Bandits’, the production company owned by JB Mondino. The band contacted me and left me carte blanche for this clip. Dolores had sent me the lyrics telling me about the main theme: a song against drugs. At the time I would always start working with preparatory drawings: so I began drawing this scary clown, then other characters that I placed in some frames that made sense with the lyrics of the song.

Two of Olivier Dahan’s drawings he kindly agreed on sharing with us
(More drawings to be uploaded soon on our “Salvation” video page)

CW: How was your work received by the band, specifically Dolores?

OD: Dolores was more involved than the rest of the band, because she was the one writing the lyrics – but also because of her strong personality. At the end of the day, most of my exchanges at the time of the development of the concept were almost exclusively with her. She would then debrief the rest of the band on the ideas that she and I were contemplating.

CW: What were her expectations for the Salvation video?

OD: Beyond the anti-drug theme, one of the first things that she told me when we talked about the concept of Salvation‘s video was that she wanted her bones to be seen. She liked provocative or disturbing things sometimes. I understood that she was ready to go far and, as a matter of fact, our video was censored in some countries: we thus released a “light” version where scenes of violence, like the scene where the parents are tied on a chair, were blurred.
In general, Dolores was very attentive and wanted her clips not to be formatted. She always tended to want to go beyond mainstream.

CW: Your second collaboration with The Cranberries was in 1999 for the video for their fourth album’s first single, Promises. How was this concept born? Tell us about the idea of having the ‘Robins des Bois’ in the casting.

OD: I wanted a gap between the seriousness of the lyrics and an almost burlesque visual. The Cranberries did not know the ‘Robins des Bois’ and, as far as I’m concerned, I had only seen some of their sketchs. I believe they were only starting out back then, but I thought they could fit what I had in mind. That being said, I have been able to work again with Jean-Paul Rouve or Maurice Barthélémy since, who I both really appreciate. Maïwenn is also featured in this video. She plays the role of the scarecrow.

CW: And what about the atmosphere on the set with the band?

OD: The atmosphere was always very pleasant. I was given lots of freedom for creation; and the band would place their entire confidence in me. Their success, at the time, would allow them to be granted significant budgets for their clips and therefore to have lots of fun. They were always very enthusiastic and excited about our projects. We would get along quite well actually, each of them were very friendly. We spent a fair amount of time together later in Toronto when shooting the video for Animal Instinct. We would go out, attend gigs together, etc.

CW: Animal Instinct is quite different from the two other clips we’ve discussed so far. Where did you get the inspiration for that video?

OD: On this third collaboration with the band, I wanted to do something much more down to earth, with a direct link to the lyrics. This time, the shooting lasted for almost a week, in similar conditions to that of a movie, in Toronto. We worked out an entire story, set up a casting to find the actors… I wanted something that looked realistic. When it was broadcasted, we had to submit an alternative edit of the videoclip, a version that did not feature the intro, for MTV. This story with those kids who are removed from their mother was obviously something somehow too harrowing for them!

CW: At last, the band called on you once again in 2002 to work on the This Is The Day videoclip. What was the idea behind this?

OD: The goal was clearly to make a spectacular video with powerful images. In the end, it was not the link with the lyrics that mattered most here, but the aesthetic side with a rather baroque universe.

Preview of the storyboard of “This Is The Day” that Olivier Dahan kindly shared with us
(See more images taken from “This Is The Day” storyboard on the video page by clicking here)

CW: Dolores would always have those looks, and different haircut in your videoclips…

OD: Something was very clear on each of our collaboration: she had to be transformed, change her appearance. These transformations would motivate her a lot. On each of our collaborations, she wanted her look to be completely different from all the previous ones. Actually, among the first questions she would ask whenever we would start working on a new video concept was: “Alright, so what’s my look on this one? Which costume? Which make-up? Which hairstyle?” That would amuse her a lot. Gigi Lepage, the designer I work with, loved working with her.

CW: In 2007, you worked on the videoclip of When We Were Young, from Dolores’ first solo album. How was this collaboration different from those you had experienced with the band?

OD: Actually, it was not any different. The one main difference was the budget! The challenge here was to find some aesthetic ideas that could fit within this limitation. We shot the video in Paris, with sequence-shots, within a day. We made several sequence-shots this way, and chose the right shot together, there was no montage. Shooting started in the morning, and by the end of the day, the clip was done.

CW: Throughout all of these years, did you ever get to see the band play live?

OD: I did, several times! They had even asked me to film one of their concerts back then, though, unfortunately, I was already working on other projects at that time.

CW: Last question, which of these videoclips would you consider your favourite among all of those that we’ve discussed?

OD: The one that marked me most is probably Salvation, because it was our first collaboration and the concept worked very well. This Is The Day was also a beautiful collaboration: I produced this clip with Hervé Humbert, and worked with a graphic designer, Marc Latil, who I appreciate a lot; and I think the result is very powerful, visually speaking. The concept actually evolved throughout the process. During the shooting, we had not yet considered projecting images in space. We only got to improvise this later.

“Dreams (Pop Mix)” version available on Apple Music

September 15, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

“Dreams (Pop Mix)” demo is premiering these days on Apple Music.

If you’re an Apple Music suscriber you can already listen to the full track by searching for “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (Super Deluxe) Edition”.

For all others, here’s a 30 sec preview of this gem:

 

As a reminder, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 25th Anniversary Edition” will be released on October 19th 2018.
Preorder the album on this link.

BREAKING: Noel, Mike and Fergal’s first interview since Dolores passing, revealing the name of their ultimate album (UPDATED)

September 13, 2018  |  8 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Today, The Guardian published the first interview of the lads since January 2018.

As we know, the band has been avoiding media interviews and requests to take part in commemorative projects these last months, asking for people to respect their wishes for privacy at this very difficult time.

However, as the 25th anniversary edition of “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” is about to be released this October along with The Cranberries final album called “THIS IS THE END” that will be released in 2019, the band spoke today for the first time to The Guardian at Strand hotel, Limerick, discussing the “challenges of working without [Dolores]”

Click here to read the article where the band says that their ultimate album will be “really strong lyrically“.
They indeed explain that “she always said she found it hard to write songs when she was happy. She always said: put a bit of misery in her life and it was easier.

The band also confirms that “This Is The End” will be their last album:
“We will do this album and then that will be it,” [Noel] adds. “There is no need to continue.”

The Guardian treats us with the first photoshoot of the band without Dolores, heartbreakingly describing the scene:
The band step out on to the balcony to do the photoshoot. Noel stood out here with O’Riordan the last time he saw her. This is new for them: no frontwoman, no idea how to stand, to pose, without their focal point. ‘With Dolores, doing pictures was so easy, because you knew exactly what to do’ he smiles. ‘Just all get behind her’. 

Photo: Patrick Bolger for the Guardian

Thanks to Julien @jttlse for his help


UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 14 – 3:40 AM (UTC)

“IN THE END” should in fact be the title of the album and not “THIS IS THE END”. See our update by clicking this link.

A preview of our ‘Cranberries Mystery Tour’

September 12, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Other News

Last week, just ahead of what would have marked Dolores O’Riordan’s birthday – and sadly, the date that was also chosen by the coroner to make the inquest public – we encouraged everyone to remember and celebrate the beautiful talent that she was by focusing on the music, sharing memories and spreading love.

Alan Martin, who we can fairly describe as the first ever Cranberries fan, took us at our words!
While some members of our team were in Limerick city to pay tribute to Dolores, Alan offered to treat us to a “Cranberries Mystery Tour” that would lead us to different venues where the band performed in their early days, schools they had attended as pupils, and Churches where they got married.

Most of the photos we took during this special tour will enable us to illustrate the concerts pages that represent the shows that they played during the 1990s. However, only a very few of these places are still standing today as they did back then.

During this tour, we were escorted to:

– The Flag Café (first ever show, 18 November 1989, TCSU with Niall Quinn – now closed and walled)

– The Crescent Hall

– The Glentworth (today’s Pery’s hotel)

– The Theatre Royal (closed)

– The Jetland Center (now a shopping center)

– People’s Park (where ‘Lark in the Park’ took place)

– The Parkway

– The Two Mile Inn

– The Speakeasy (today’s Texas Steak Out)

– The Empire Records shop where the band launched their debut album (today’s Centra shop)

– The Savoy, Top Floor (now entirely rebuilt)

– The Cruise’s Royal Hotel (first ever show with Dolores on 14 July 1990, the building is now gone)

But that wasn’t all!
We were honored to be welcomed at the Moyross ‘Corpus Christi Primary School’ where the very talented choir (who had sung earlier this year at Thomond Park for the Munster game, as well as on RTÉ One ahead of the All Ireland final) performed “Dreams” for us!!!

What a beautiful reminder of the impact of the band’s music on the upcoming generations, proving that music will, without a doubt, be the legacy that Dolores has left for all time.

Here’s our video to share this incredible and very emotional experience with Cranberries fans from all over the world :

Corpus Christi Choir Moyross – “Dreams”

Last, we were privileged to be joined by Professor Eoin Devereux at Limerick University, where he teaches, to learn more on the History of the band and visit some more places that are still full of memories:

– The Stables Club

– The University of Limerick room where ‘Treaty 300’ took place

– The Irish Chamber Orchestra

We’ve truly been touched by the hospitality we received in Limerick, and we treasure those lovely moments that we were privileged to share with everyone there. It is our sincere hope that by sharing this small review of our trip, fans throughout the world will feel the love the Limerick people have for the beautiful soul that Dolores undeniably was.

We would like to extend a very warm THANK YOU to Alan Martin, the Moyross Corpus Christi Choir, and Professor Eoin Devereux for filling our hearts with so much history and beautiful memories at a most needed time.

The Cranberries in studio for the new album’s mastering

September 7, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries posted a small video on Instagram today to announce they were currently mastering the new Cranberries album, that is to be released in 2019, in Metropolis Studios, London.
More info about this upcoming album can be found on this link.

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Today we master the new Cranberries album.

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One may imagine we should get some more glimpse of their studio work in the upcoming days.

Stay tuned!

Band announcement on this special day

September 6, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

The Cranberries just published the below note:

On January 15th 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O’Riordan. Today we continue
to struggle to come to terms with what happened.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family and our thoughts are with
them today.

Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people ’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us. We ’d like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time.

We request, please, for our privacy to be respected at this time.

Dolores O’Riordan inquest: live updates on Sky News

September 6, 2018  |  21 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sky News is live from London where an inquest is being held, you can follow the updates on this link or on the below post.

UK TIME:
10:45 AM Setting up now at Westminster Coroner’s Court ahead of the start of the inquest.

10:50 The coroner is Dr Shirley Radclffe, and the first witness we will hear from will be Stephen Earl, who will give identification and background

11:07 Dr Earl’s report will be via documentation, he will not be in court

11:08 The mother, brother and sister-in-law of Dolores O’Riordan are in the Coroner’s Court today to hear the coroner’s findings

11:09 We will later hear a report from O’Riordan’s American psychiatrist

11:10 O’Riordan was found in room 2005 in the Hilton hotel on Park Lane, London, on 15 January.

11:13 As well as a musical star O’Riordan is described as a ‘loyal daughter’ and ‘dedicated & loving mother’

11:15 After checking in to the hotel, O’Riordan is described as accessing the mini-bar in her room and calling her mother at around 3am

11:16 O’Riordan is described as being found ‘submerged face up in the bath dressed in her pyjamas

11:17 We will now hear from PC Natalie Smart live in the court

11:18 Hotel manager had contacted the police and took PC Smart up to the room

11:19 A maid discovery O’Riordan’s body on entering the room

11:20 When police arrived O’Riordan’s nose & mouth were completely submerged in the bathwater

11:20 O’Riordan was dressed in pyjamas and a long sleeved vest

11:21 Five miniature bottles of spirits were found in O’Riordan’s room, a 35cl mini bottle of Champagne and the packaging for a quantity of medication.

11:21 A packet of cigarettes had also been smoked

11:23 A report from psychiatrist Dr Hirschfield – O’Riordan’s US psychiatrist- she had stopped drinking and seemed to be doing well, although he said she had felt a little low over Christmas

11:25 O’Riordan is described as being on a selection of prescription drugs taken for bipolar disorder

11:26 Toxicology report showed she was 4 times over legal driving limit when found

11:27 We now hear live from Dr Seamus O Ceallaigh, O’Riordan’s psychiatrist in Ireland

11:29 Dr Ceallaigh says he believes she had ‘an episode of mania or elevated mood’

11:29 No note was found in the hotel room

11:31 Back in 2017, at a time of stress, after drinking excessively, O’Riordan had begun a suicide note but then lapsed into unconsciousness.

11:32 Dr Ceallaigh saw her 1 week before her death. She was due to shortly return to New York.

11:33 He says she had maintained sobriety over long periods, but he recognised her use of alcohol as a high risk factor.

11:34 There was no evidence O’Riordan had taken any drugs, other than her prescribed medication. However she had drunk excessive amounts of alcohol.

11:37 The coroner describes O’Riordan as looking forward to the future, both her music and seeing her children in Canada

11:38 Cause of death: drowning due to alcohol intoxication

11:39 Verdict recorded: accidental

11:42 The coroner offers her condolences to the family, and concludes the court session.

11:44 The family of Dolores O’Riordan leave court.

September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018  |  6 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dear all,

As we reach what would have been the 47th birthday of Dolores O’Riordan, we continue to struggle with immense grief and sorrow in losing the woman who was such an inspiration to all of us.

Today, ahead of the release of the public results from her inquest, we encourage everyone to remember and celebrate Dolores for the talent and beautiful soul that she was.
Listen to the music if you can, sing it loud, share your priceless memories, and spread the love ❤️.

On this day, and every day, we miss you Dolores.
We send our blessings and deepest love on this anniversary.

The CW Team

EEIDI “25th Anniversary Edition”: final details revealed and pre-order opened

August 29, 2018  |  7 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

This it it! Amazon UK just updated their page and opened pre-order for the Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 25th anniversary edition boxset.

The album will be released on October 19th 2018 and seems to be featuring a large booklet along with some never seen before printed photos of the band:

Click here to preorder on Amazon UK. Other Amazon countries should appear pretty soon.

As a reminder the tracklist has already been revealed a few days ago, click here to know more about the audio content of the boxset.


Additionally, HMV confirms there will be a 2-CD edition with only the content of Disc 1 & 2.
One may note that the remastered album will be released on CD and LP as well (1-disc only for both):

It seems unlikely a vinyl boxset will see the light of day but we never know…

BREAKING: EEIDI “25th Anniversary Edition” album tracklist revealed (UPDATED)

August 26, 2018  |  16 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

A new boxset featuring 4 CDs appeared these last days on Amazon (Italy, France and UK), it’s non available for sale nor pre-order yet and will be released by Universal/Island. The price is £40.75 that is to say, more or less €45 and $53.

No doubt this is the first preview we’ve got of the Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 25th Anniversary Edition that is to be released in September.

The tracklist appears as follows:

DISC 1

  1. I Still Do
  2. Dreams
  3. Sunday
  4. Pretty
  5. Waltzing Back
  6. Not Sorry
  7. Linger
  8. Wanted
  9. Still Can’t…
  10. I Will Always
  11. How
  12. Put Me Down

DISC 2

  1. Íosa
  2. What You Were
  3. Linger
  4. How
  5. Liar
  6. What You Were
  7. Reason
  8. How
  9. Them
  10. Pretty
  11. Uncertain
  12. Nothing Left At All
  13. Pathetic Senses
  14. Them (Xeric)
  15. Dreams
  16. Sunday
  17. Linger
  18. Chrome Paint
  19. Fast One
  20. Shine Down
  21. Dreams

DISC 3

  1. Put Me Down
  2. Dreams
  3. Uncertain
  4. Pretty
  5. Wanted
  6. Daffodil Lament
  7. Linger
  8. I Can’t Be With You
  9. How
  10. Ode To My Family
  11. Not Sorry
  12. Waltzing Back
  13. Dreams
  14. Ridiculous Thoughts
  15. Zombie
  16. (They Long To Be) Close To You

DISC 4

  1. Dreams
  2. Uncertain
  3. Reason
  4. Put Me Down
  5. Waltzing Back
  6. Linger
  7. Wanted
  8. I Will Always
  9. The Icicle Melts
  10. Wanted
  11. Like You Used To
  12. False

From what we see, we can imagine that:
Disc 1 is the remastered version of the album
Disc 2 features demo/studio versions of the songs (1-10?), as well as the Uncertain album (11-14?) & the Water Circle tape (16-19?), and the two never heard before demo versions of Dreams that Noel Hogan recently found on a tape (“very first demo” of Dreams that isn’t mixed as Noel took the cassette home before any mixing was done, and a “pop mix” featuring a different intro and outro)
Disc 3 could be a live concert (or live tracks) from the 93/94 era that very likely looks like the July 31st 1994 concert at Feile Tipperary Festival from tracks 4-16 though from what we know, the performance was starting with Sunday instead of Put Me Down/Dreams/Uncertain…
Disc 4 looks like radio sessions tracks starting with the 1991 Dave Fanning Show (1-4), the 1992 John Peel Show (5-8), and the 1993 Dave Fanning Show (9-12)

Thanks to Stephane for the finding and to Edward for his analysis of Disc 3!


UPDATE – AUGUST 28

– It seems a 2 CD version will be available as well as Amazon.es and Amazon.fr both listed a Barclay release with Disc 1 and Disc 2 content only.
Will there be more versions?

– Concerning disc 3, some of our readers are saying the first 3 tracks (just before the Féile 94 show) could be from Cork Rocks 1991. Until now, only “Uncertain” and “Dreams” have surfaced taken from the Dave Fanning Show. Definitely a high probability!!

– On Amazon UK the price decreased, it’s now £34.48

“I Heart The Cranberries” – review, photos and videos

July 10, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Back from Limerick where some members of the Cranberries World team were privileged and moved to be part of the “I Heart The Cranberries” concert at Dolans where Limerick city paid tribute to Dolores O’Riordan on July 5, 2018.

Dolans pub

Ros I Measc Lusanna An Chromchinn

As you may know, the event was organized by Limerick musician Emma Langford, who decided in January, a few days after sharing the stage with Noel Hogan at a charity event for a suicide and self-harm prevention center, that Limerick needed to honour Dolores memory: “after her tragic and untimely death I – among many, no doubt – wanted to make sure a tribute happened here in Dolores’ home town, and it had to be done right”.

All profits from the event went to Adapt House, a domestic violence support service, as well as Limerick Mental Health which was recommended to Emma by Noel Hogan himself as this is a cause he emphasized Dolores would care deeply about.

As announced in a statement from The Cranberries on March 9th, none of the band members were attending the concert at Dolans although they explained they were “touched and honored” that this tribute to the band and their music was taking place:

However, some of the band’s acquaintances attended, as pointed out by Hot Press who noticed that Niall Quinn, original member of The Cranberry Saw Us, was there.

The evening started with an instrumental version of “Zombie” performed by the duo of violinists Maria Ryan & Lucia MacPartlin.
Emma Langford then presented the event before giving the floor to The Cranberries fanclubs, with a small word from our team and a speech by our friends from Cranberries Italia, who, let’s recall, raised over €2,000 for Limerick Learning Hub – again, a project recommended by Noel Hogan – in order to give back to Dolores’ hometown the kindness Dolores gave to her fan community.
Emma was later joined on stage by Hannah Nic Gearailt and Sara Ryan to launch the gig with their performance of “When You’re Gone”, setting an emotional tone for the evening to come…
Watch the video below:

SETLIST & PERFORMERS:

PART 1:
01. Zombie (instrumental) – Maria Ryan, Lucia MacPartlin
02. When You’re Gone – Hannah Nic Gearailt, Sara Ryan, Emma Langford
03. Twenty One – Synead Toomey, Kayleigh O’Brien Music
04. No Need to Argue – Tracy Bruen
05. Dreaming My Dreams – Louise O’Flanagan, Sarah Croker Music
06. Sunday – Claire Heffernan, Hannah O’Brien
07. Yeat’s Grave – NIMF
08. Put Me Down – Jenny McMahon (DeLorean Suite)
09. Linger – The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

PART 2:
10. Pretty – MZKA (Jane Fraser)
11. Animal Instinct – Roisin El Cherif
12. Why? – Susie Q
13. Salvation – Siân Brown Music
14. Ode To My Family – Grainne Hunt Music
15. Daffodil Lament – “The Cranberrinis” Jean McGlynn, Norma Lowney, Jessica Bray, Jean Wallace
16. Dreams – Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich)
17. Zombie – all artists

House band:
Drums: Shane Wixted
Bass: Lesley-Ann Halvey
Guitar: Eoin Culhane
Guitar: The Danny Lanham Trio
Strings: Strung (Maria Ryan & Lucia MacPartlin)

As shown above, the event was divided in two parts, first one focusing on soft songs with an emphasis on acoustic renditions of the songs as opposed to the second part that saw full band performances of the band’s hits – apart from a barbershop quartet performance of “Daffodil Lament”. Duration, approximately 150 minutes (including the 15/20 minutes break between two parts).

Thumbs up to all the artists for the work done on their arrangements, especially as we remind everyone that they were all volunteering their time for this tribute.
Some songs stood out from the artists’ reappropriation of the original Cranberries songs, such as NIMF’s electronica and ambient version of “Yeat’s Grave” or Jane Fraser’s rendition of “Pretty” sampling bits of an interview given by Dolores, “I Just wanna be Dolores”.

NIMF – Yeat’s Grave

MZKA (Jane Fraser) – Pretty

People will also remember Ann Blake (from The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra) who introduced “Linger” by telling the crowd of her experience singing at Dolores O’Riordan wedding with Don Burton back in July 1994, as Dolores had invited students from her former school Laurel Hill Coláiste – among whom Ann was – to perform for her big day. She was lucky enough to witness Dolores perform “Panis Angelicus” on this occasion.

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra – Linger

Like a proper Cranberries concert, the gig ended with a fantastic rendition of “Dreams” by the ‘1994 Dolores look-alike’ Niamh Farrell who was later joined on stage by all artists to perform a final, powerful and very emotional version of “Zombie” which the crowd sang along at the top of their lungs to remind, “loud and clear”, how Irish people and worldwide fans LOVE this band.
Watch the video below:

Some cool pictures of the event taken by photographer Dolf Patijn have already been published, click here to see the whole 102-photos album posted on the Facebook account of www.ilovelimerick.com.

Suzie Q – Why?

Roisin El Cherif – Animal Instinct

All artists on stage – Zombie

Major thanks to Emma, the Dolans Pub and the Limerick LGBT Pride for giving life to this event and celebrating the life and music of Dolores O’Riordan & The Cranberries, fans are very grateful for this beautiful – and indeed cathartic – experience.

Also, special thanks to all the fans from Italy, Spain, Sweden, France and Cork who joined us for our preshow fan gathering!
Our memories are her legacy, let’s keep her alive, all together ❤

Tribute concert at Dolans in Limerick: 3 days to go

July 2, 2018  |  No Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

We’re a couple of days away from the “I Heart The Cranberries” tribute concert that will take place at Dolans in Limerick on July 5th, so for those who will be attending and those who can’t be there, here’s a small recap:

The Cranberries Italia and Cranberries World teams will be meeting at Dolans’ pub at 6pm and invite fans to join us for a preshow fan gathering in order to share our love and memories.
Here’s a link to the Facebook event of the fan gathering.
Feel free to join for a drink at the last minute if you like, we’ll meet inside the pub between 6 to 9pm, it should be easy to find us all – follow the Cranberries flag!

The sold out tribute concert is then set to take place between 9pm to 11pm at Dolans Warehouse – doors opening at 8pm. The Warehouse is a 380 capacity venue located inside the pub, so you have to enter into the pub to access the venue.

More than 20 artists are expected to perform on that night, as seen on the below artwork:

Please note that The Cranberries will not appear and are not in a position to partake in any projects as written in their 20 June 2018 statement.

If everything goes well, The Limerick Lady is hoping that Dolans will allow people to stay for a singsong after the show.

For those who are still looking for tickets, here’s the Tickets buy & sell page where you might find some at the last minute. Make it fast!

The concert should be streamed live via The Limerick Lady Facebook page, the Dolans Pub Instagram account as well as the Limerick LGBTQ Pride socials.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated so as to enable those who can’t attend to follow the event.

See you there!

DOLANS
3-4 Dock Road
Limerick, Ireland
Tel: 061 314483


EDIT

The Limerick Lady started to reveal on Facebook the name of the artists that will appear on stage on Thursday as well as the songs they will play that night.

Please stop reading here if you don’t want to get spoiled

SPOILER:

For now we know of 12 songs that are going to be played in no particular order:

“No Need to Argue” – Tracy Bruen
“When You’re Gone” – Emma Langford / Sara Ryan / Hannah Fitzgerald
“Salvation” – Siân Brown (aka Lambdancer) backed by the house band
“Ode To My Family” – Grainne Hunt
“Why?” – Susie Q
“Daffodil Lament” – Jean McGlynn / Norma Lowney / Jean Wallace / Jessica Bray
“Yeats’ Grave” – NIMF
“Twenty One” –  Synead Toomey / Kayleigh O’Brien
“Dreaming my Dreams” – Louise O’Flanagan / Sarah Croker with string duo Maria Ryan / Lucia McPartlin
“Sunday” – Hannah O’Brien / Claire Heffernan with string duo Maria Ryan / Lucia McPartlin
“Pretty” – Jane Fraser (sampling original audio of Dolores and combining it with live vocals and band)
“Animal Instinct” – Roisin El Cherif

More songs should be revealed in the coming hours…

Update on The Cranberries’ upcoming album recording

May 22, 2018  |  7 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

A month after The Cranberries have started recording their new album for which Dolores had already recorded vocals, it seems the band is currently putting the finishing touches and it should now be a matter of days before they’re done with this new record.

The recordings started on April 16th at Kore Studios, in London, where the band worked until May 4th.
Studio pics during this session interestingly show the use of a bass clarinet.

After a week break, the band came back one last time at Kore Studios on May 14th to add strings, and then moved on the following day to Stephen Street’s Bunker studio in the 13 studios complex in West London.

There, they were joined for a couple of days by Johanna Wiseley (Cranitch) who fans are familiar with as she’s been working with the band as backing singer/keyboard player on tour since 2012.

Johanna posted a picture on her Instagram account yesterday, stating that she had finished putting the backing vocals down, and confirmed on the occasion that this album should unsurprisingly be the Cranberries “final” album:

Although listening to this record will be very difficult for most of us, fans, we’re feeling very thankful to the band and their crew who are devoting themselves to giving life to Dolores’ last tracks, as they feel this is “what [She] would have wanted“.


All pictures below were posted on The Cranberries Instagram account and were taken at Kore Studios in London between April 18th and May 4th:

(click for larger view)

Strings on May 14th at Kore Studios:

All photos below were posted on The Cranberries Instagram account as well and were taken at The Bunker in London on May 15th & 16th:

RARE AUDIO: Two Mile Inn, Limerick, 15 April 1993

May 11, 2018  |  1 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

Early years rarities, episode #2 from Alan’s collection!
Following the upload of his audio recording from 1991 concert at Limerick’s Parkway last February, here’s a second gem surfacing almost 25 years after it was recorded. Again, Alan recorded this one himself on his walkman back in 1993 at Two Mile Inn, Limerick.

Alan purposely chose not to stand at the front for this recording, as opposed to The Parkway, in order to try and get a better sound; he thus stood close to the FOH mixing desk. It remains an audience recording so the quality is pretty similar to the 1991 recording. The recording features the complete show, only a few seconds before the encore are missing as Alan had to flip the cassette, but there’s no song missing.

Tracklist:
01. Like You Used To
02. Pretty
03. Sunday
04. The Icicle Melts
05. Away
06. Linger
07. Reason
08. How
09. I Don’t Need
10. Put Me Down
11. I Will Always
12. Not Sorry
13. Waltzing Back
14. Dreams
15. Wanted
16. Zombie
17. Still Cant…
________________
18. Liar
19. False

Alan’s mastertape

What’s particularly striking on this recording is the never heard before early version of “Zombie”. Obviously this was one of the first time (maybe the very first time?) the song was played live in concert.
Dolores introduces the track simply mentioning it is “another new song, it’s called Zombie”.
The song does sound very similar to that we know, still it features some interesting differences:
“Zombie” is actually played quite fast, kinda like a 33rpm at the 45rpm speed.
Dolores sings alternative lyrics in the 2nd verse of the song “another mothers broken heart has hardly spoken”. Also, the line “with their tanks, and their guns, and their bombs” happens to be “with your tanks, and your guns, and your bombs” at that time.
One may note that Dolores doesn’t exactly sing as she does on the album version and the words “in your head” and the ultimate “Zombie” are for instance sung very softly compared to what we’re used to.

It’s funny to note that what will turn out to become The Cranberries biggest hit was barely applauded that night. Yet, the crowd, which as you can hear was very talkative on that night, does pause to pay attention during 3 to 4 particular songs, and “Zombie” is of them; definitely a good sign 😉

Thank you Alan, everyone can now listen to the earliest live version known to this day of the masterpiece “Zombie”. (The previous earliest version of the song was the Paris radio show “The Black Sessions” recorded on 3 May 1993).

The rest of the set also includes songs which were rarely played live after 1993 like “Away”, “I don’t Need”, “Reason” or “I will always”.
Most of the other classic songs played on that night sound very close to the album versions we’re all familiar with (as opposed to The Parkway show where songs rather sound very fresh and almost like demos than the final versions), which is not too surprising as The Cranberries first album was just a few weeks old at the time.
All in all, a great boot to listen to, enjoy it!!!

Everybody Else’s 25th anniversary album likely to be released mid September

May 2, 2018  |  4 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

As the May Bank Holiday weekend is getting closer, Todayfm published an audio interview of Noel Hogan last Monday, ahead of the talk he his to give with Stephen Street at VINYL festival in Dublin this Saturday.
Quite a moving interview, as this is the first time we hear one of the boys since Dolores’ passing.

Noel indeed chats to Muireann O’Connell, pleasantly coming back on the early days memories.

Asked about the 25th anniversary edition of “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”, Noel says the album should now be released around mid September!

As for The Cranberries new album due for release in 2019, Noel says there are still 3 weeks of recording coming in London, where the band has been for 2 weeks already.
He explains the album will be a combination of some tracks he had started writing with Dolores last summer, with some others she had already written herself before.
The lads are thus turning these demos on laptop into proper Cranberries song as they feel these tracks can make a “strong enough album” and that this is “what Dolores would have wanted“.

Again, our team is sending them all our support as this must obviously not be easy.

It’s great to know they are surrounded by the “original team” from the early days to do this all together.

We love you guys!

Dolores O’ Riordan’s inquest removed from schedule

April 3, 2018  |  10 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Irish Mirror just announced this morning that “Dolores O’ Riordan’s long-awaited inquest that was due to start today in court has now been removed from schedule”

They add that

The inquest into the death of the Irish star had originally opened five days after she was found dead, but was adjourned until Tuesday April 3 so the Coroner could await the results of medical tests.

However, an announcement from the coroner’s court revealed there will be no hearing today and that an inquest date is yet to be set.

No reason has been given for the change.

They remind that Dolores was

“staying at a hotel in central London when on Monday 15 January she was found unresponsive in her room.
The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene.
Subsequently the Met Police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious.”

Limerick official book of condolence presented to Dolores O’ Riordan’s family

March 29, 2018  |  4 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The Limerick Leader reports this morning that official book of condolence signed by 16,000 persons was presented to the Dolores family yesterday in Limerick.

    Mayor Stephen Keary with family members – Photos: Adrian Butler

Dolores’ mother, Eileen, joined by Dolores’ brothers, Terry, Joe, and Donal with his wife Stephanie, and Dolores’ niece Katie, told the newspaper:

“I feel so happy that the people of Limerick were so good, and from all over Ireland and the world. I can’t believe the reaction from everybody, the love that poured out, and the support from everybody”

She also commented:

“Getting this book is another step forward. It’s hard, but it’s another step in moving on. I can’t believe that all those names are there, all those people. It’s at home I’ll be thinking of it. And I will read every one of them in my own time”

[…]

“I read some of the letters, and everyone says how she helped them through the dark moments in their lives. I really feel she’s happy now. I go to her grave, but I don’t find anything there. I feel that her spirit is around all the time. She was that type of person anyway, she would come into the room, even as a child, and she would grab the attention.”

Mayor Stephen Keary explained this was the biggest book of condolence that was ever presented by the authority.

Cranberries Italia invites fans to support the Learning Hub Limerick in memory of Dolores

March 25, 2018  |  3 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Our friends from the Italian fan community of The Cranberries are calling out for fans to honour Dolores O’ Riordan by supporting a cause dear to heart.

Indeed, Cranberries Italia is uniting with the organisation Learning Hub Limerick that provides a safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environment for youngsters to reach their full potential. The organisation works with local providers of educational services, families and young people to develop high-level resolutions in responses to situations of educational disadvantage and school drop-out.

As we know, Dolores has shown on more than one occasion how children mattered to her, emphasising the reality in war zones, speaking of children suffering and sickness or environmental injustices.

Cranberries Italia is thus encouraging fans to leave a trace in Dolores city, as a symbol of our passion for her art and generous personality, by supporting the young musical talents of Limerick.
They are raising funds on the below link, which will be running up to June 20th, in order to help Learning Hub Limerick to finance, over the summer, an instructive musical program for the children with a series of songwriting workshops: https://www.produzionidalbasso.com/project/italia-loves-limerick-due-comunita-si-incontrano-in-memoria-di-dolores-oriordan/

The Cranberries World team is happy to support this initiative and encourages everyone to get involved.
Check Cranberries Italia page for more information.

New gem from Alan Martin – 1993 interview with Dolores and Fergal

March 12, 2018  |  5 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

Here is the third video of Alan we previously told you about: a never seen before interview of Dolores and Fergal by Ian Dempsey given on RTÉ Two in a show called “The Beatbox” on December 19, 1993.

The interview takes place on the band’s return from their first and successful American tour, and follows their Limerick and Dublin performances (Dec 17th and 18th) before the Christmas break.

    “The Beatbox” – RTÉ Two – December 19, 1993

As always, a huge thanks to Alan!

“I Heart Cranberries” tribute in Limerick is now SOLD OUT!

March 9, 2018  |  Comments Off on “I Heart Cranberries” tribute in Limerick is now SOLD OUT!  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

As expected, the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute due to take place on July 5th in Limerick has sold out within a couple of hours.

Congratulations to the organizers and those who will be taking part in the event, you just demonstrated Dolores O’ Riordan will definitely never be forgotten.

Also, The Cranberries themselves have just wrote a small note to show their support to the project, although they confirmed they will not be appearing on the night.

If you’re attending too, let’s make the boys and Dolores proud!

    The Cranberries – Facebook

More on the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute event at Dolans

March 9, 2018  |  2 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Both Limerick Leader and Hot Press have recently spoken of the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute event due to take place at Dolans, Limerick on July 5th in aid of Adapt House and Limerick mental health service.

More than 20 artists are to be announced in the upcoming days, but Hot Press has already revealed some of them: “Gráinne Hunt, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, Jane Fraser, Niamh Farrell, Roisin El Cherif, Anne Rynne and Susie Q to name but a handful

Singer and songwriter Emma Langfort, who’s organising the event, explained to Limerick Leader:

When Dolores died, everyone was shocked and saddened and we all wanted to do something to pay tribute to her

I thought it would be fantastic to hold a massive event that pulled people together from all over the country and that also gave people a chance to come from elsewhere in the world to visit Dolores’ hometown.

I dropped Noel Hogan (Dolores’ Craberries bandmate) a message and asked if there was a cause that was close to her heart and he said a mental health organistion would have meant a lot to her.”

Ticket are now on sale on Dolans.ie
[EDIT – 9 March – 2:00pm UTC]  SOLD OUT!!!

Full “Uncertain” video now online thanks to Alan Martin

March 7, 2018  |  7 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

Incredible, but real!!!
Alan Martin just shared on YouTube the full “Uncertain” video with the world for the first time ever.
Thank you for digging these treasures out, Alan.

“Everybody Else Is Doing It…” special 25th anniversary edition album to be released later this year

March 7, 2018  |  3 Comments  |  by Webmaster  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries just published on their website cranberries.com as well as their socials a new moving statement announcing that they were initially planning on releasing a special 25th anniversary of their first album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” this month through Universal Music.

The project has been understandably put on hold since Dolores’ passing, but the band has decided to finish what they had started with Dolores, and get this special edition out “later this year”.

This will feature remastered versions of the tracks we know, along with unreleased material and bonus material from this early 90s era of their debut album.

The band also uses the occasion to remind fans they’re planning on completing the recording of the new album which they had been working on during the past months, and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals.

The CW Team would like to send Noel, Mike and Ferg all their love and support as we presume this won’t be easy for them.

We love you guys!
xx

    cranberries.com

The Cranberries Press