Sanctuary Records closes; Dolores without a label?

September 6, 2007  |  Comments Off on Sanctuary Records closes; Dolores without a label?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The UK’s The Guardian reports today that Universal Music has decided to shut down the Sanctuary Records UK label, leaving Dolores O’Riordan without a record label.

This closure follows Sanctuary’s closing of its US division at the end of June. Universal Music bought Sanctuary, which has been having financial struggles

for the past few years, for 44.5 million pounds in August.

Universal said in a statement, “Sanctuary Records UK division will no longer continue as a stand-alone, frontline record label. Consultations with employees have begun to minimise redundancies as a result of the restructuring.”

Sources: Guardian Unlimited, Reuters

Billboard reviews “When We Were Young”

August 18, 2007  |  Comments Off on Billboard reviews “When We Were Young”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Music industry magazine Billboard has given a favorable review to “When We Were Young,” the new second single from Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? Here’s what they had to say:

When We Were Young
Producer(s): Dolores O’Riordan, Richard Chycki Genre: POP
Label: Sanctuary

The first solo single from Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, “Ordinary Day,” was an elegant bow for her album “Are You Listening,” reminiscent of pop classic “Linger.” Enough of that, eh? Follow-up “When We Were Young” is a closer reminder of her “Zombie” signature, with vocal octave-jumping and a haughty gambol between electric guitars and percussion. Radio hesitated to react the first time around, but with the brassy approach of “Young,” O’Riordan has potential to charm adults who know her on a first-name basis. Active rock, as seldom as it indulges the ladies, would also do well to usher this talent back to active duty.”Chuck Taylor

Avril Lavigne chooses Cranberries, Marilyn Manson

August 17, 2007  |  Comments Off on Avril Lavigne chooses Cranberries, Marilyn Manson  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Target is releasing a compilation album with 10 songs chosen by Avril Lavigne as part of their series, “Influences”. One of the songs listed is “Dreams” by The Cranberries. This may catch a few Cranberries fans oguard.

Another complete shocker is her decision to include “This Is The New Shit” by Marilyn Manson – seeing that this is a target release it will most probably be the censored version.

There are also the not-so surprising appearances by punk bands Blink-182 and The Distillers on the compilation.

Spin mentions Cranberries in cover article

August 5, 2007  |  Comments Off on Spin mentions Cranberries in cover article  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

US rock magazine Spin mentioned The Cranberries in the first paragraph of the August 2007 cover article on Interpol. The magazine mentioned that “Linger” played at a Dallas Hooters restaurant — where the interview took place — and later went on to contrast the two bands.

David Peisner wrote in the article,

The Hooters in downtown Dallas is not just any Hooters. It is, [guistarist Daniel] Kessler informs me, the largest Hooters in the world. In his black suit, black sweater-vest, and dark sunglesses, the chatty New York vegetarian strieks an odd figure in a chain restaurant known primarily for large-breasted, skimpily outfitted waitresses and chicken wings. Neon beer signs cover the walls, a rerun of the Coca-Cola 600 from Lowe’s Motor Speedway beams from the TV overhead, and the sound system blares inoensive radio-rock staples, including Blind Melon’s “No Rain,” the Cranberries’ “Linger,” and Dave Matthews Band’s “The Space Between.”

Peisner later goes on to write that Interpol are not (yet) at that same level of universal appeal as the aforementioned songs, but would like to be.

The middle of the country is where Interpol need to make their presence felt if they’re going to graduate from their post as New York City’s well-dressed, brooding indie-rock mascots and become, well, a band whose songs might be played over the sound system at the largest Hooters in the world.

“When We Were Young” music video now online!

July 26, 2007  |  Comments Off on “When We Were Young” music video now online!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Surprise! Dolores O’Riordan has already filmed the video for “When We Were Young” with longtime collaborator Olivier Dahan and it’s online now for viewing.

Production company U-Man Films has put the video in Quicktime format, along with a few screencaps, online on their site. Download Dolores O’Riordan’s “When We Were Young” music video here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

With its gritty green color scheme, on-rails camera, and lots of up-to-no- good vagrant extras, the video looks almost as if it could have been made on the same set as The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Ava Adore.” Dolores, for her part, wears plenty of bling to help her remember “how things just seemed so ezah.”

Cranberries fans will remember that Dahan directed the videos for The Cranberries’ “Salvation,” “Promises,” “Animal Instinct,” and “This is the Day.”

Big thanks to Maxence for the tip.

Los Angeles may be rescheduled for November

July 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on Los Angeles may be rescheduled for November  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

MySpace user “Ben & Jan” posted the following note on Dolores O’Riordan’s MySpace:

UPDATE: We just spoke with a rep at the LA House of Blues and she said the band is trying to reschedule (yay!) possibly sometime in November, but more word will not come until midday Monday at the earliest. If we hear anything more we’ll share!

Still no official announcement of rescheduling the Los Angeles show (or the DC one, for that matter), but we’ll have any official announcements posted here on Zombieguide. (Thanks to GlenninLA for the tip.)

“When We Were Young” promo CDs released

July 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on “When We Were Young” promo CDs released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Promotional CDs for the new single “When We Were Young” have started being sent out to radio stations. “When We Were Young” is the second single from Are You Listening?

Here’s a photo of the new promo, courtesy of Sigma on the ZG Forums:

Amy Lee of Evanescence talks Dolores’s tour

July 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Amy Lee of Evanescence talks Dolores’s tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Singer Amy Lee of Evanescence said in an interview posted online today that she recently got to see Dolores O’Riordan on tour — “it was awesome,” she said. Lee added, “I really like her new music.”

Here’s the excerpt:

Q) With all of the bands getting back together like The Police and The Spice Girls, which one are you most excited for?

A) The Police, we’re going. We’re going to the New York show and we were trying to get tickets. This has been the big talk of the band and crew for the past couple of months is how we’re going to get Police tickets because they all sold out instantly. We finally got our hands on Police tickets and Terry just went and said it was incredible and he wants to go again. I think Tim is going this weekend so everybody, I think, has jumped on and everyone’s found their own way to get to The Police. That’s the one that everyone’s been talking about.

Q) Are there any other ones that you saw?

A) Actually, last night I went and saw, let me try to say her name right – Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries and it was awesome. She’s incredible! I loved The Cranberries and I was way too young to go really see them and they didn’t come to our town. It was really cool to see her, but I really like her new music. It’s really cool! It’s strange and it gets really heavy sometimes, but it’s very sincere and I think she’s awesome. So, I don’t know if you call that reuniting, because it’s not that, but it’s kind of the same thing. I thought she was incredible.

Fillmore staff: San Francisco concert “still on”

July 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Fillmore staff: San Francisco concert “still on”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A staff member for San Francisco’s Fillmore just told Zombieguide Forumsmember Hollywood Sav over the phone that “As far as we know, [the concert]’s still on for tonight.”

Fans have been worried whether tonight’s concert (and indeed, further shows) would be canceled due to Graham Hopkins’s medical issue that canceled last night’s concert in Los Angeles.

Ireland’s Hot Press reports that Graham was discharged from the hospital earlier today.

Hot Press also writes, “An official statement on the continuation of the tour is to be released shortly, as Dolores & her team assess the situation.”

Another medical emergency cancels Los Angeles

July 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Another medical emergency cancels Los Angeles  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Drummer Graham Hopkins had a seizure on stage last night during Dolores O’Riordan’s show in Los Angeles. The rest of Dolores O’Riordan’s tour may be canceled, although we are waiting for an official announcement. Update 9:08 PM EST: Looks like tonight’s San Francisco show will go on as scheduled. Dolores’s crew is unpacking at the venue and a queue is forming in front of the hall. (Thanks Sue and Anna.)

New Zombie wrote on the Zombieguide Forums,

I just got back. I seriously thought the drummer (Graham Hopkins, I think) was going to die. It was not a pretty sight and it was not a fun night…I hope he makes a full recovery. There is no replacement drummer. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase (yes for LA too as she only got through about 3-4 songs). The rest of the tour is CANCELLED (not postponed) and an announcement to that effect will be made tomorrow.

The drummer had a seizure right on stage. They killed the lights and lowered a screen. He had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital after what seemed like 20 minutes of medical treatment while he was laying on stage.

bendomino writes,

To let everyone know, my wife and I were there at the concert in LA tonight. To clarify the account posted on Perez Hilton’s site, Dolores wasn’t screaming, she was calmly asking for the lights to be turned down and then an ambulance. There was no chaos, and we didn’t see any police, only the ambulance she asked for. Sunset was not shut down either. I applaud everyone at the event for handling the situation as best they could, there was never a threat to ours or anyone’s safety. The Perez Hilton comment posted is totally blown out of proportion. We hope and pray the drummer is ok, by the way his name is Graham Hopkins and he is a renowned Irish drummer who has played with many bands in the past. In light of the news that the rest of the tour is probably cancelled, we wish the band the best and look forward to their next visit in LA, which hopefully is in the near future.

For those that haven’t had a chance to meet him, Graham is a wonderful and all-around awesome guy, and we hope he gets better as soon as possible.

Photos: Dolores O’Riordan in New York and Philly

July 17, 2007  |  Comments Off on Photos: Dolores O’Riordan in New York and Philly  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Whew! After a week of travel, I’ve finally had a minute to sit down and sort through a few hundred photos that we took at Dolores O’Riordan’s concerts in New York and Philadelphia. A sampling of the best ones are now available on Flickr. Here are Zombieguide’s Flickr sets of Dolores O’Riordan @ New York’s Irving Plaza 07.10.2007 and Dolores O’Riordan @ Philadelphia’s Fillmore at the TLA 07.13.2007

Speaking of tours, we want to take a second to once again recommend Felipe’s site Cranberries Shows, where you can find lots of useful stuff like past setlists and tour photos. If you have setlists, merchandise photos, or ticket scans from the current tour, send it to Felipe!

Injury cancels Washington, DC show

July 12, 2007  |  Comments Off on Injury cancels Washington, DC show  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A dental injury has canceled Dolores O’Riordan’s planned show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC tonight.

A member of the crew told Zombieguide that Dolores broke her front tooth on a Japanese rice cracker at dinner. She did not show up for the 5:00 PM soundcheck as planned, and evidently never left her tour bus. Concert goers saw crew returning Dolores’s clothes and personal effects to the tour bus after 7:30.

Staff members for the 9:30 Club announced the cancellation around 8:00 (first announced as a postponement, later changed to a cancellation).

A person close to Dolores reported that she was in quite a lot of pain, but “were lining up dentists as we speak.”

It is currently unknown if Dolores will perform tomorrow night’s scheduled Philadelphia show. Crew members were preparing for the trip to Philadelphia, but did not know if it would occur as scheduled.

Fans who bought tickets will receive full refunds from their place of purchase through July 27th according to verbal announcements at the show and a post on the 9:30 Club website. Major online ticket vendors such as Ticketmaster should refund automatically.

We wish the best for Dolores and hope she gets fixed up soon!

Dolores in GayWired: “I love the gay community”

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in GayWired: “I love the gay community”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

GayWired has a straightforward Q&A with Dolores posted. The interview hits all the same topics as the other interviews floating around, with the addition of some Q&A about gay rights, specifically gay marriage in Dolores’s part- time home of Canada.

Here it is:

Ten Minutes with Dolores O’Riordan 06.22.07
Who can ever forget Dolores O’Riordan’s glorious vocal gymnastics? As the leader of mega-successful alt-pop band the Cranberries, O’Riordan took listeners on countless musical joy rides, her crystalline instrument rising slowly from a whisper to a gorgeous and cathartic emotional cry. Still in awesome vocal form, O’Riordan has just released her first-ever solo album Are You Listening? on Sanctuary Records. Co-produced by Youth and Dan Broadbeck, the eagerly anticipated album is a 12-track tour de force and marks her first release in four years.

Cranberries “couldn’t do another Linger or Dreams”

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cranberries “couldn’t do another Linger or Dreams”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“The Cranberries couldn’t couldn’t do another ‘Linger’ or ‘Dreams,’ because you can’t really do the same thing twice,” said Dolores O’Riordan in an interview published yesterday in New Jersey’s Courier-Post, explaining why she left the band.

At the same time, she’s quick to point out that there will be plenty of Cranberries material in her live shows during the upcoming US tour. The article in the South Jersey paper is specifically to promote the Philadelpha show on July 13th. (We’ll be there!)

“The Cranberries stuff is great and I still like to sing those songs,” she said via phone from Greece. “They bring back memories and it’s light-hearted now to sing them.”

Here’s the article text, as posted in the forums by CordellNJ:

Former Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan performs at the Fillmore at the TLA on July 13 with her four-member band. During her years with the Cranberries, O’Riordan, 35, helped the band sell more than 40 million records between 1993 and 1999. The group, which released four albums during that time, had it’s biggest hit single with 1994’s “Zombie.” This month, O’Riordan embarks on her first U.S tour in more than 5 years to plug her just released solo debut album, “Are You Listening?” The records earned raves as a striking return, “With angular chords and O’Riordan’s distinctively powerful vocals.” Written and recorded over 4 years, the album is largly inspired by personal experience. Her name, speaking by phone from greece, said she “Didn’t feel any pressure at all” in making the CD. “The more success you have, the more pressure you aquire.” She says. “The Cranberries couldn’t couldn’t do another ‘Linger’ or ‘Dreams,’ because you can’t really do the same thing twice. But after I stepped away from all that, and just focused on being a fulltime mom, music became a hobby to me again, and the pressure disappeared. “Music then was truely just for theraputic purposes.” The resulting effect, O’Riordan says, was “more experimental than her work with the Cranberries, while still retaining her melodic flare. For her solo tour, O’Riordan will be backed by a four member band, and plans to do a mix of old and new material. “The Cranberries stuff is great and I still like to sing those songs,” she said. “They bring back memories and it’s light-hearted now to sing them.”

“Zombie” features in “Singstar 90s” on PlayStation 2

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” features in “Singstar 90s” on PlayStation 2  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s official: The Cranberries are getting their first-ever placement in a video game when Singstar 90s releases for the PlayStation 2 in August in Australia and other PAL territories. (Unless, of course, you want to count the Doors and Windows CD-ROM as a game.)

Sony has just confirmed the ocial lineup of songs for the latest in the karaoke series, which carries an impressive lineup of tracks from artists ranging from The Cure to The Cardigans. Even Radiohead, who are notoriously strict about licensing their music — albums like OK Computer and Kid A aren’t even on iTunes — appear with “Creep.” Here’s the confirmed lineup:

  • » ALL SAINTS – Never Ever
  • »  AQUA – Barbie Girl
  • »  B-52’s – Love Shack
  • »  BARENAKED LADIES – One Week
  • »  BILLY RAY CYRUS – Achey Breaky Heart
  • »  DIVINYLS – I Touch Myself
  • »  EMF – Unbelievable
  • »  GIN BLOSSOMS – Hey Jealousy
  • »  LISA LOEB – Stay
  • »  MC HAMMER – U Can’t Touch This
  • »  MEREDITH BROOKS – Bitch
  • »  M PEOPLE – Movin’ On Up
  • »  NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Step By Step
  • »  NICK CAVE & KYLIE MINOGUE – Where the Wild Roses Grow
  • »  POISON – Unskinny Bop
  • »  RADIOHEAD – Creep
  • »  REM – Everybody Hurts
  • »  ROACHFORD – Only to be with You
  • »  SAVAGE GARDEN – I Want You
  • »  SEAL – Kiss From A Rose
  • »  SIR MIX A LOT – Baby Got Back
  • »  SPICE GIRLS – Wannabe
  • »  SPIN DOCTORS – Two Princes
  • »  THE CARDIGANS – Lovefool
  • »  THE CRANBERRIES – Zombie
  • »  THE CURE – Friday I’m In Love
  • »  WET WET WET – Love Is All Around

The game will also include the music videos for every track that will play in the background for each level. Below is a shot grabbed from WorthPlaying of the “Zombie” level.

Singstar 90s is due out in Australia on August 7, 2007. The game has not yet been announced for North America or other territories, but Zombieguide will post in case that changes.

Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “Irish Examiner” USA

June 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “Irish Examiner” USA  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan is on the cover of the June 13th issue of the American edition of the Irish Examiner, plus the full interview is online at their site. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Here are some good quotes pulled from the interview:

“I’d a good break, and I’ve the hunger back, the whole vibe is back. Most of the material (for the new album) was written in Canada. In winter, there’s four feet of snow there. It’s very cold, but very inspiring. I have a piano in my house, and I use the weather, the ever-changing climate to inspire me while writing,” she claimed.

The music scene in general however, has changed a great deal while she’s been away. “The emphasis is not on CDs anymore, it’s more on Ipods. It’s always changing, when we were teens, it went from vinyl to cassette. Good music is good music though.”

Dolores, discussing her cameo in Click, also revealed that she isn’t as interested in acting now as she was just a few years ago. (”I want to play some kind of femme fatale – curly hair, big breasts and a tight dress. I imagine it would be like ‘Hollywood! I’m here – Dolores O’Riordan in person!’” she said in 2002.)

Of her cinematic venture, she told us: “Adam (Sandler) is a big fan apparently. It was a blast, we spent ten days (on location). There’s a lot of waiting around for your scene. It’s a good laugh, and very interesting behind the scenes. Every morning, we’d three and a half hours doing make up, it makes you aware of so many different forms of art.”

Of a future in acting however, she said: “Maybe when I’m older, if it felt good at the time. I did like the whole experience, but you’d have to move lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles.”

It looks like back issues of the cover article may be available for ordering. We’ve emailed the Irish Examiner about it and will update if you can order online.

Lastly, the Irish Examiner has some juicy circa 2000-2002 hi-res photos that you obsessive picture collectors can grab here and here.

Read the whole article here or below, after the jump. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Dolores in The Star: “AYL” is a “therapeutic diary”

June 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in The Star: “AYL” is a “therapeutic diary”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan told Toronto’s the Star that the process of writing and recording Are You Listening? was therapeutic for her.

She describes the process of writing over a period of four years as a “hobby and a kind of escape” from both the good and bad elements in her life.

The Star is quick to point out that although it was written in seclusion at home, the album is loaded with heavy themes of death and insecurity — something we pointed out in our own review.

Here’s what The Toronto Star commented:

Are You Listening?, released in May, didn’t turn out to be a tip- toeing ode to domestic bliss, though. Minus the odd, sweet- natured ode to O’Riordan’s toddler daughter, it’s long on themes of death and escape while the music, like that of the Cranberries, is sometimes startlingly heavy and roiling.

Dolores also revealed that producer Dan Brodbeck actually moved into the basement of her home in Howth to work on the tracks on ProTools in O’Riordan’s spare time. She said:

“It was great because one minute we could be recording and the next I could be mashing the potatoes. He was brilliant,” says O’Riordan. “The set-up was downstairs and he’d be down there working all the time, so I’d go down and say, `I have an idea’ and I’d put it down and leave him to come up with some percussion while I went upstairs to peel some spuds. He only came upstairs when he smelled dinner cooking. Otherwise he was in the studio.”

You can read the whole interview at The Toronto Star or below after the jump. Thanks to Tara and others for the tip.

2nd single “When We Were Young” in charts

June 26, 2007  |  Comments Off on 2nd single “When We Were Young” in charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

It looks like “When We Were Young” will indeed be the second single from Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? The song has just entered the charts at Otvoreni Radio ( in Croatia at #19.

This comes after much speculation on the Zombieguide Forums about which song would follow “Ordinary Day.”

Otvoreni Radio was the first reported station to play the debut single “Ordinary Day” way back in February, so it’s no surprise to us that they’re the first station to pick up the second single.

To those at Sanctuary: excellent choice! Maybe “October” for the third single, hmm?

Thanks to Sale for the news.

10 more “Are You Listening?” scans in Flickr set

June 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on 10 more “Are You Listening?” scans in Flickr set  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

We’ve got 10 more print magazine scans having to do with Dolores O’Riordan’s new album in our Flickr set. Check ‘em out!

Has a newspaper or magazine published something about Dolores in your country? Send Zombieguide scans and we’ll add it to the set (with credit to you).

Cindy Sheehan writes editorial on “Zombie”

June 25, 2007  |  Comments Off on Cindy Sheehan writes editorial on “Zombie”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

High profile anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has written an editorial centered around The Cranberries’ “Zombie,” posted on the site Buzzflash.

In it, Sheehan reveals that she happened to be listening to the song on the day her son was killed in Iraq (April 4, 2004):

On the way home from Los Angeles yesterday, my daughter Carly and I stopped in a store on the Grapevine to purchase some CDs for the longish drive (6 hours). One of the CDs we bought was a greatest hits album by The Cranberries.

It’s not me, it’s not my family: One of the songs is the above song, Zombie. The Cranberries were an Irish group that took on social issues such as violence and drug addiction: serious problems in all societies, but especially their society in the 1990s. We were listening to the CD and after Zombie, I looked at Carly and she was wiping tears oof her face. She said: “How can you listen to that song? You listened to it the day Casey was killed while you were cleaning the house.”

You can read the whole thing here or after the jump…

Win tickets and Meet & Greet for LA show

June 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on Win tickets and Meet & Greet for LA show  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Pink is the New Blog is hosting a competition to meet Dolores O’Riordan and attend her July 19th show in Los Angeles.

Entry into the contest is quite simple: Just send in a photo of you and your friends enjoying an ordinary day in the spirit of Dolores’s debut single “Ordinary Day.”

The winner will receive 2 tickets for the House of Blues show and a meet and greet pass to meet Dolores backstage — plus will have a photo op for the blog. Good luck! Visit Pink is the New Blog for more details.

Thanks to Bruno for the tip

Dolores O’Riordan Singer of the Week on Askmen

June 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan Singer of the Week on Askmen  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan is this week’s “Singer of the Week” on
The site has 3 pages dedicated to Dolores (click here for page 1, click here for page 2, click here for page 3) including one where they rank her “personality and talent,” “sexiness,” and “natural beauty.” Dolores got a not-too-shabby overall score of 75/100.

AskMen wrote,

Dolores can be described as cute, though hardly cute in a seemingly innocent or perky sort of way. She reminds us of that rare breed of moody, introspective-looking girls we remember from high school whose looks were accentuated by an alluring air of mystery. Her pretty, delicate features are counter-balanced by that ubiquitous stern expression on her face that actually makes her more attractive. Although we understand that guys who go for girls with a permanent smiley face won’t agree with such an assessment.

They also have an interesting quote about what motivated Dolores to finally complete her long-brewing solo album:

“Really, I think I decided to make a full album because I had buckets of songs and I thought, ‘It’s now or never,’ ’cause I’m not getting any younger.”
– Dolores O’Riordan on making her solo album.


Dolores O’Riordan in US’s “People” magazine

June 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan in US’s “People” magazine  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Who would have guessed? Dolores O’Riordan has a small article in one of America’s most mainstream magazines, People.

As far as we at Zombieguide can recall, the last time Dolores was mentioned in the mag was an (astoundingly positive) review for Wake Up and Smell the Co ee in 2001.

Check out Zombieguide’s newly launched Press Gallery Flickr set for the scan.
Thanks CanadianLeprechaun.

“The Times” reviews Dolores at the Koko

June 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on “The Times” reviews Dolores at the Koko  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

London’s The Times has put up a review of Dolores’s performace at the Koko on Friday. The paper gave the performace a 3/5.

Dolores O’Riordan
David Sinclair at Koko, NW1

The Cranberries’ slide down the greasy pole of pop was so steep during the late Nineties that it is easy to forget how big they were before that. Their most successful album, No Need to Argue, sold more than 16 million copies. The Irish group suspended activities in 2003, but it was not until last month that their singer Dolores O’Riordan released her first solo album, Are You Listening?, a title which must surely be tempting fate.

There were plenty of diehard Cranberries fans among the audience at Koko — the only British show on O’Riordan’s European tour — but what had they come to hear? The singer, now 35 and a mother of three, was obviously there to promote her own album, and performed most of the songs on it. But she wisely opted to take control of the Cranberries’ legacy as well. With the help of a four-man backing band she performed an equal number of old favourites, beginning with Zombie and ending with the group’s first hit, Dreams .

The only woman in pop to have tried out more hairstyles and colours than Madonna, O’Riordan has now opted for a dark shade and a plain, straight cut that was more office secretary than rock chick. She skipped around the stage like a pixie, her slightness of figure emphasised when she strapped on a white guitar that seemed outsized by comparison to play When You’re Gone .

Her voice remains an instrument of fierce tonal extremes but limited emotional range. She has reined in some of the harsh ululating tics that became her trademark, and there was a reflective mood to some of the new songs. “I think that we weren’t always grateful,” she sang on When We Were Young. But a stroppier attitude surfaced on Loser, a disposable indie-pop tune with a lyric full of vengeful put-downs.

In fairness, her own material generally stood up well, especially when compared with the Cranberries’ most famous song, Linger, which was the least interesting performance of the night. But it was nevertheless the hits of her old group, including a pretty version of Just My Imagination and a fast, vibrant Salvation, that carried the show.

Girl Talk mashes up “Dreams” at Bonnaroo Fest

June 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on Girl Talk mashes up “Dreams” at Bonnaroo Fest  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Billboard reports that electronic artist Girl Talk (alias Gregg Gillis) debuted a mash-up of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on Saturday at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Billboard said that the mix was “among the most crowd-pleasing combos.”

Other mash-ups in Girl Talk’s setlist included Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It Is” and Big Country’s “In a Big Country,” Kelis’ “Milkshake” with Guns N’ Roses’ cover of Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog,” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

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