Rumor: Dolores Holds Reception for Solo Album

August 20, 2005  |  Comments Off on Rumor: Dolores Holds Reception for Solo Album  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The unconfirmed word out of London is that Dolores O’Riordan recently held a dinner and reception for music industry types to announce the details of her forthcoming solo album.

One person in the music biz said she got a personalized invitation at the beginning of July to attend the dinner in London, but couldn’t go due to travel obligations.

More than likely, Dolores held the reception to get a pre-release buzz going within the industry, and perhaps look for a record label and/or distributor.

No other details are available at the moment. Dolores’s solo album is due in 2006.

Thanks to Jordan on the Forums for the news.

Source: Exclusive

First Print Article to Reference “The Cranberries” Surfaces

August 10, 2005  |  Comments Off on First Print Article to Reference “The Cranberries” Surfaces  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Original Cranberry Saw Us lead singer Niall Quinn has discovered what he believes to be the first printed reference to “The Cranberries,” the shortened moniker that The Cranberry Saw Us adopted after the addition of a certain member named Dolores O’Riordan.

The article comes from the October 27, 1990

issue of “City Limits,” a section from the Limerick Tribune. The third paragraph in “Getting the Balance Right”

describes the swelling praise for Water Circle, The Cranberry Saw Us’s first demo with Dolores. The article was written by Stuart Clark, who is now Assistant Editor for Hot Press

This is “one of the first newspaper clippings about the Cranberries,” Niall Quinn told Zombieguide today, “and I’d say it actually IS the first time they’re referred to as ‘The Cranberries’ in print as opposed to ‘TCSU’ – a name they’d still have been going by at that point and I’m guessing for another few months. We used just refer to them as The Cranberries for short –like we’d refer to They Do It With Mirrors as The Mirrors.”

The article also describes further sessions at Xeric Studios which were released as Nothing Left At All, the band’s second demo with Dolores in 1990.” The songs that they were going in to Xeric to record would be “Nothing Left At All” and the other tracks from that same cassingle which came out around Christmas (still under the name TCSU),” Niall said.

The band continued to use the name “The Cranberry Saw Us” for months after Niall Quinn’s departure until it was briefly shortened to “The Cranberry’s,” and then “The Cranberries.” (“We discussed them and eventually settled on ‘The Cranberry Saw Us’. I remember favoring it over ‘The Cranberries’ – which I reckoned sounded like a band a girl would be singing with – like ‘The Darling Buds’ or ‘The Sugar Cubes’. Maybe that’s why long after my departure they shortened it back to its source name – because it fitted perfectly a band fronted by a female,” Niall wrote in 2002)

Niall has previously posted more Hitchers and early Cranberries-relatedarticles on the Hitchers website.

Niall has uncovered an even earlier Cranberries reference from August 1990, two months previous to the prior October 1990 article. The article appeared in the now defunct Limerick Tribune by the now renowned Hot Press editor Stewart Clark.

Niall writes, “The article appeared in The Limerick tribune (long gone) and was again written by Stuart Clark who’s interviewed the band many times and is a nationally renowned journalist and commentator here in Ireland now.

“I remember this gig quite well as some of the older lads in The Hitchers would’ve have got their Leaving Cert (High School final exams) results that day and were pretty pissed drunk by the time it came for The Hitchers to play. So that puts it in and around the 3rd Wednesday in august as that’s when these results are always released.

“Incidently, the ‘Termite Club’ referred to is STILL GOING here in Limerick 15 years later. It’s moved home several times but is still the place the indie kids head for on a Friday or Saturday night.”

Thanks to Niall Quinn for the scan and info.

Source: Exclusive

Fergal Lawler Recording with Ex-Woodstar Members

August 8, 2005  |  Comments Off on Fergal Lawler Recording with Ex-Woodstar Members  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has learned that Fergal Lawler has begun recording and writing sessions with at least one former member of fellow Limerick band Woodstar.

Fergal has started recording with Kieran Calvert, guitarist for Woodstar, and the project could possibly also rope in Al Sheahan, Woodstar’s keyboardist.

A source close to Mono Band tells Zombieguide, “Fergal remains a very close friend of the Hogan brothers and is constantly seen out socialising with them around Limerick City. Fergal is busy doing his own thing now, writing and recording in his studio at home.”

“As for Fergal, I spoke recently to him, not about anything in particular, but I know he has been writing with Keiran Calvert from Woodstar, Im not sure if Alan (his Sir name escapes me) but any time I meet them out, they are always together, I would only be speculating if I said he was involved. Its not that Fergal is secretive about what he is doing, I don’t think there is much to tell.”

The project is said to be “in its infancy” and still very tentative as of the time of writing. As such, any announcements of a solid project are still down the road.

Attentive fans know that this is not the first collaboration between members of The Cranberries and Woodstar. The professional relationship begain in 2002 when Woodstar opened for The Cranberries’ tour dates in Ireland and continued with vocalist Fin Chambers’s contribution to the Mono Band album this year.

Thanks to monoman for the news.

Source: Exclusive

Universal Announces Cranberries 20th Century Masters CD+DVD

July 26, 2005  |  Comments Off on Universal Announces Cranberries 20th Century Masters CD+DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music Distribution on Monday announced the release of a new Cranberries DVD and CD in the 20th Century Masters series for August and September, respectively.

Although details are still forthcoming, both releases appear to be “greatest hits” type offerings and there is no word yet of any extra bonuses.

Universal yesterday released cover art (medium and
HUGE resolution) and a tentative tracklisting (see
PDF sell sheet) for The Cranberries 20th Century
Masters: DVD Collection, which is scheduled for
release on August 30, 2005 in the USA. The tentative tracklisting for the DVD is:

1. Linger
2. Zombie
3. Ridiculous Thoughts
4. Salvation
5. Animal Instinct

If these are simply music videos, you’ll be better off picking up the superior Stars: The Best of Videos 1992-2002 DVD released in 2002.

The Cranberries Millenium Collection: 20th Century Masters CD is due to be released on September 27, 2005 in the USA. No tracklisting or cover art has been announced for the CD, though you can count on more details right here in the coming weeks.

(Note to our friends at The Official Community Corp.: If you would like to “borrow” this news, please kindly credit us.)

Source: Universal Music Distribution (Exclusive)

Dolores O’Riordan & Zucchero’s “Pure Love” Now on iTunes

July 25, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan & Zucchero’s “Pure Love” Now on iTunes  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Pure Love,” Dolores O’Riordan’s duet with Italian blues man Zucchero, is now available on iTunes for a tidy 99 cents in the US.

The song is taken from Zucchero & Co., which was released in the United States on July 12th (it came out last year in Europe). Since then, the album has debuted at No. 85 on the Billboard 200, thanks to the huge promotion a orded to it by Starbucks. This is the first time Zucchero has charted in America, and one of the few times when a European rock album cracks the 200.

In other Zucchero & Co. promotion news, his o cial website has posted the TV commercial that is running in the US, and the LA Times has put up an article about the album.

Source: Un Po’ di Zucchero

Noel Talks about His Home in The Sunday Times

July 25, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel Talks about His Home in The Sunday Times  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday’s Sunday Times (UK) published a lengthy interview with Noel Hogan about his previous home at No. 1 Clogrennan Terrace in Limerick, the Victorian house where he says he wrote the majority of Bury the Hatchet.

You can get it online here, the full text is below:

The Sunday Times – Property
July 24, 2005
Time and Place: Dreams of being at No 1
NOEL HOGAN of the Cranberries turned an end-of-terrace Victorian house into a happy family home

No 1 Clogrennan Terrace in Limerick city was my first proper home. Until then, I had lived with my parents. Because I was on tour so much of the time with the Cranberries, it had never made sense to move out. When I took the plunge, it was 1996 and I was 23.

I knew the road well, having passed the terrace of houses all through my teens. I always thought it would be a great place to live. The house was an old red-brick Victorian end-of-terrace, right in the middle of town. It was 130 years old and had huge bay windows and oodles of space.

I shared with Catherine Nash, then my girlfriend and now my wife. There were four bedrooms and a converted attic, accessed by a spiral staircase. We got rid of that very early on and continued the main staircase up into the third floor, which lent the house a better sense of continuity. I used the attic room as a home cinema.

We invested in a big couch that could seat three or four, as well as a chair just for me. We would have people over to watch films and occasionally even did popcorn.

During our first two years living there, it was a party house. As we were doing it up, we didn’t mind making a mess. We invited 20 to the housewarming and 70 turned up. Next morning it looked like a bomb had gone off.

The bathroom was tiny so we decided to knock through into one of the adjoining bedrooms and expand the bathroom into a great big statement room.

Downstairs, there were two reception rooms, a kitchen and utility room. The front room was home to a beautiful imposing, black, grey and white marble fireplace.

The former residents, the Clancy family, who owned the first cinema in Limerick, had taken it with them when the picturehouse closed and installed it in the house. For me, it was the biggest selling point of No 1.

Double doors divided the front and back rooms. I used the back room as a CD library. I did most of the Bury The Hatchet album in the front room. During the day I would camp on the couch, writing everything into a notebook on the coffee table with the television on in the background.

At the back of the house was a big kitchen built from recycled red brick with wooden rafters. The brick was salvaged from the old Milk Market, also in the city.

Generally I was left alone during my time there but occasionally fans would knock on the door to say hello. More often they would leave flowers on the doorstep. One day I opened the door to a guy asking me if one of the Cranberries lived around here. I sent him off down the road to ask one of my neighbours and he never came back.

Thankfully, the house needed little refurbishment when we bought it. We had it rewired and had an external wall repointed but it was in fine condition for its age.

When we were decorating, I would buy bits and pieces while away on tour. Each time I returned home, I had to buy an extra suitcase to carry all the purchases. I must have had 40 or 50 suitcases, which ended up in the garden shed stacked floor to ceiling.

Asia and North America were great for furniture. One of my best finds was a Mexican sideboard I picked up in Vancouver and had shipped home. It stood in the kitchen. Another memorable piece was a stone kitchen table that’s now in storage because it doesn’t suit our new home. We used up every available square inch and it began to resemble a furniture shop.

When I decided to sell, I had to find a home for all the furniture. We sold up in 2001, when our eldest daughter Rachel had just turned one. We stayed in the area; in fact, I don’t think I’ll ever leave.

Hogan’s Mono Band, who have just released their self-titled debut album, play the Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Temple Bar in August,

Interview by Alanna Gallagher

Source: Times Online

Don Burton Takes the Reins of Helter Limited

July 25, 2005  |  Comments Off on Don Burton Takes the Reins of Helter Limited  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan has turned over the directorship of her solo company, Helter Limited, to her husband, Don Burton, Zombieguide can confirm.

Public documents filed in January show that Dolores has given the position of director to her husband. Dolores served only a short two-month stint as Helter Ltd.’s director. Dolores became director on November 10, 2004, replacing Grainne Riordan. Dolores continues to serve as Helter’s secretary.

Thanks to Kama for the news.
Source: Exclusive

Dolores O’Riordan Scraps Plans to Open a Restaurant

July 24, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan Scraps Plans to Open a Restaurant  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Zombieguide has learned that Dolores O’Riordan originally founded Helter Limited, the company under which she is recording her solo projects, in order to open a restaurant, only later to change those plans.

Public business documents obtained by Zombieguide show that Dolores O’Riordan registered Helter Limited on February 28, 2003 in order to “carry on business as proprietors and operators
of retaurants, hotels, cafes, public houses, [and] catering establishments,” according to the registration documents. One document shows that Dolores planned to open a restaurant on Main Street in Caherconlish, Co. Limerick.

However, a month later, on March 20, 2003, Helter Ltd. filed a Special Resolution in order to change the company’s purpose. The new resolution allows Helter Ltd. to “undertake and make recordings of music whether piano or orchestral, band or other music of any kind.” The form also gives Helter Limited the permission to “manufacture, produce, and distribute… and deal in recordings in tapes, gramophone records of all kinds.” Dolores’s appearances on Songs Inspired by the Passion of
the Christ, Tripomatic Fairytales 3003, Evilenko and Zucchero & Co. have all been through Helter Ltd.

In 2000, Dolores told Hot Press magazine that she and her husband Don Burton plan to open a Japanese benihana restaurant one day.

Source: Exclusive

Steve Wozniak, Apple Founder, Loves The Cranberries

June 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Steve Wozniak, Apple Founder, Loves The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer in 1975, said in Tuesday’s issue of Digital Life magazine that The Cranberries are one of his top three favorite bands.

The engineering genius told Digital Life that listening to music is one of his biggest hobbies, with his favorites being Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Cranberries: “[My] PowerBook is with me all the time. It’s the high-end version, 17-inch screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 2GB RAM. And of course, I have my music in it.”

“I have six iPods including the iPod Photo, the Shuffle and the iPod minis,” the creator of the Apple I and II said. “My favourite is the U2 iPod. Each iPod contains a different type of music.” Apple’s other co-founder, Steve Jobs, used The Cranberries’ “Dreams” in the press conference to launch iTunes in 2003.

Wozniak joins a list of notables including Madonna, Dido, Rufus Wainwright, and Ben Stein, who have all professed their love for The Cranberries in the past. That should flatter a certain Apple-loving friend of ours.

Wozniak’s autobiography, tentatively titled I Woz, is due in 2007.

Source: Digital Life magazine, June 28 (Singapore)

Harpist Anna Louis Releases Cranberries Harp Arrangement

June 24, 2005  |  Comments Off on Harpist Anna Louis Releases Cranberries Harp Arrangement  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Australian harpist Anna Louis has released a new album which includes harp arrangements of songs by The Cranberries and Sinead O’Connor, Australia’s The Echo reported yesterday.

The album, which she says has a “slightly Celtic, slightly jazz feel,” includes a mix of traditional harp pieces combined with her arrangements of rock songs.

“It is breaking the bounds of where the harp is going,” she says. “Because I use an electric harp I can get away with it.”

While there are some purists who frown upon her turn to covering rock tunes, she thinks she can win them over: “”Yeah, I’ve had a few people look down on me for doing it, but they soon come round,” she says.

She told The Echo that it’s the versatility of the electric harp that has allowed her to go beyond traditional harp pieces into experimental fields.

“Before you would be completely drowned out by the other instruments. Now I can plug it in with effects units and it is something really different and incredibly unusual,” she says.

“The new recording is completely live and was recorded in Barwon Heads… I wanted to catch the ambience of the live sound — I’m pretty proud of it,” she admits.

The album is supposed to be available from her website appears to be down at the moment). In the meantime, you can visit a mirror of her website here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

We’ll have more on Anna Louis as we know it — hopefully with a tracklisting soon. If you know more about her new album, please let us know.

Source: The Echo (Australia)

Press Release: Zucchero & Co. US Release

June 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Press Release: Zucchero & Co. US Release  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Concord Records yesterday put out a press release regarding the upcoming US release of Zucchero’s Zucchero & Co. on July 12. The album features Dolores O’Riordan duetting with Zucchero on “Pure Love.”

Zucchero Teams with Sheryl Crow, Sting, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, and more for July 12 CD Release
Released by: Special Ops Media: Art Armani
2005-06-21 14:53:10
Zucchero Teams with Sheryl Crow, Sting, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, Miles Davis, B.B. King and more for July 12, 2005 CD Release
Website: For_Immediate_Release:
Internationally acclaimed Italian superstar Adelmo Fornaciari, known more commonly to his legions of fans as Zucchero, has thrilled audiences worldwide with his pop and blues-infused style for nearly 25 years. He has sold millions of albums in his native country, throughout Europe and beyond, and has received numerous awards and accolades. He has also become a favorite singing partner to some of the most popular artists in the world, from Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, and Sting, to B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and Sheryl Crow. American audiences first heard Zucchero’s thrilling vocal talents in a televised performance with Luciano Pavarotti at the 1998 GRAMMY® Awards.
For his Concord Records / Starbucks Hear MusicTM debut, Zucchero & Co., the multi-platinum pop sensation delved into his deep catalog of stunning duet performances and then rearranged, reproduced, and, in some cases, resang them for a fresh, contemporary feel. The tracks include an historic recording of “Dune Mosse” with Miles Davis from 1988, and a new version of “Senza Una Donna” (Without A Woman) with Paul Young that originally topped the charts in almost every European country, as well as the U.S., when it was released in 1991. Other collaborations to make the cut for this new, “best of the best” CD include: Solomon Burke, Vanessa Carlton, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Cheb Mami, Maná, Luciano Pavarotti / Andrea Bocelli, Dolores O’Riordan, and Sting.
Zucchero and a few of his friends?Eric Clapton, Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries), Solomon Burke and Pavarotti, among them? celebrated the release of the CD last year in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Critics from the Sunday Express wrote, “The audience would have gladly partied with Zucch all night,” a sentiment no doubt often expressed in Italy where he’s widely credited with introducing his countrymen to the blues. “In Italy, rhythm & blues and soul music was not very popular in the 1960s, when I was growing up,” explains Zucchero. “Fortunately, there was an American from Memphis who was studying at the University in Bologna that lived close by to our house. He introduced me to Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and all the Stax recording artists. He played guitar, and we spent a lot of time playing together. Discovering that music was a shock to me?it was like a light. I’m Italian so I love Puccini. But I love the blues, too.”
Zucchero’s first instrument was the organ, which his local priest taught him to play in exchange for odd jobs around the church. A longing to be part of a band led him to the guitar and eventually to singing. Soon, Zucchero, whose name translates to “sugar” in Italian, started his own bands to introduce others to the wonderful music that had so inspired and excited him. At first he was dismissed by Italian record labels as having the “wrong kind of voice,” but, by the mid-1980s, he was touring and recording with such well-known musicians as Randy Jackson, David Sancious, Brian Auger, Narada Michael Walden, Corrado Rustici, Joe Cocker, Al DiMeola, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, and others too numerous to mention. In fact, Zucchero’s entire musical trajectory reads like a “Who’s Who” of the music industry? culling just 14 cuts for Zucchero & Co was a major feat and took over two-years to complete.
Miles Davis first heard Zucchero’s tune “Dune Mosse” on Italian radio while on tour. “He had never heard of me but liked the song so much that he wanted to do a duet. I was in the Maldives at the time and got a call at 4 a.m.,” explains the singer. “It was in the middle of the night so I didn’t believe them at first. It was such an honor and such an amazing opportunity. I was in a studio in New York the following week.” He continues, “When Miles arrived, he didn’t say hello, he didn’t smile. He just went into the studio where I was playing the piano, waiting and said, ‘Yeah, show me the key of the song, play the key.’ Then I tried to escape and leave him alone, and he said, ‘Where are you going, you have to stay here. I need your energy.’ So I was just sitting there and was a little bit scared. He played like an angel.”
The late blues icon John Lee Hooker is featured in one of his last recording sessions on “I Lay Down.” “I was writing this song and thought it needed a very ancient blues voice. I immediately wanted to work with John Lee Hooker, but thought it would be impossible. So we moved on,” says Zucchero. “I was recording in Sausalito, where the manager of the studio just happened to know Roy Rogers, John Lee’s guitarist. We called him and he called John Lee to ask him to listen to the song. The next day, he came to the studio in a big limo, dressed very elegantly. He was old and thin but he still played fantastically. I just let him do what he wanted. Two months later, he passed away.”
Another blues legend, B.B. King, adds his unmistakable flair to “Hey Man – Sing A Song,” and one of the fathers of soul, Solomon Burke is featured on “Diavolo In Me – A Devil In Me,” although he insisted on rewriting some of the lyrics. “Solomon said to me, ‘I can’t sing this song, I’m a Bishop now,’ and I said, ‘OK, but listen to the song before you decide,’ and then he sent me some beautiful lyrics. Instead of ‘I got a devil in me,’ he wrote, ‘go out of me devil.’ It works fantastically. He’s still dancing and he’s got the face of a child,” says Zucchero of his long-time friend.
The gospel- and opera-influenced tune, “Miserere,” was first recorded with Luciano Pavarotti in the early 1990s. This song? along with “Senza Una Donna (Without a Woman)”?are two of Zucchero’s best known and most often covered tunes. The session with Pavarotti came about after a moment of artistic high drama when the pop star threatened his friend. “I told him, ‘If you don’t do this song, I will burn the tape, because without you on it, there is no reason for it to exist,” says Zucchero. “I made a move to the fireplace and he said, ‘But I don’t know how to do this song. I have never played with a pop artist.’ I threw the tape on the fire and Luciano, not knowing this was only a copy, agreed to record the song.”
Zucchero has often been credited with discovering the now great Andrea Bocelli. The tenor was an unknown artist when the Italian superstar asked him to record the demo for “Miserere.” The song became a big hit, but with Pavarotti unavailable to perform on tour, Zucchero invited Bocelli to accompany him. “I told everyone about him. I said to PolyGram, ‘You must sign this guy,’” he recalls. “I couldn’t get anyone interested in him, so I asked my manager to help.” Bocelli is now a multi-platinum artist and one of the world’s most popular singers. Zucchero didn’t think twice, therefore, about reproducing the track for Zucchero & Co. to feature both tenors.
“A Wonderful World“ (featuring Eric Clapton), “Blue” (a song co- written by U2 front man Bono and sang with Sheryl Crow), “Pure Love” (with Dolores O’Riordan), “Muoio Per Te” (with Sting), “Like The Sun – From Out of Nowhere” (with Macy Gray and Je Beck), “Cosi Celeste” (with Algerian artist Cheb Mami, who gained fame when Sting featured him on “Desert Rose”), “Baila Morena” (with Mexican pop-rockers Maná), and a popular 1980s pop tune by The Korgis, “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime,” (with Vanessa Carlton) round out this eclectic and exciting disc. Each tune on Zucchero & Co. o ers a di erent facet of the superstar’s long and interesting musical journey, and the caliber of each artist is testament to how widely regarded and admired he is worldwide.
Perhaps most indicative of Zucchero’s not-so-underground “cult” status among music lovers is an anecdote in an article written last year in London’s Sunday Express. Sting invited Zucchero to a house party where the star-studded guest list included Peter Gabriel, Tom Hanks, and Dustin Ho man. Upon meeting the vocalist, Ho man, it is reported in the article, fell to his knees, commenced singing one of Zucchero’s songs in Italian, and finished by exclaiming, “Zucchero, you are God!” before confessing he owned all of his recordings!
Zucchero Teams with Sheryl Crow, Sting, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, and more for July 12 CD Release
For more details: 235 Park Ave South 5the Floor
New York, NY


Thorgerson: Bury the Hatchet is “Affirmative Statement about Paranoia”

June 7, 2005  |  Comments Off on Thorgerson: Bury the Hatchet is “Affirmative Statement about Paranoia”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Chicago Tribune has posted a new interview with Storm Thorgerson, the designer of The Cranberries’ Bury the Hatchet and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee album covers, not to mention a whole catalog of iconic rock covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Audioslave, The Mars Volta, etc.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Cranberries: “Bury the Hatchet” (1999)

“The band, especially the singer [Dolores O’Riordan], was interested in the desire to bury the hatchet. The cover is a diptych. It’s an affirmative statement about paranoia, and the want to stand up against nameless authority — the capitalistic rich, parents, police. But the all-seeing eye of consciousness is threatening the man, and pursues him everywhere. He can’t get away, and the eye pushes him into the corner of the picture. On the back, he’s standing and shouting at the eye to go away.”

Facts: While shooting in Monument Valley, Thorgerson nearly got busted by the Navajo police, who initially thought he was being disrespectful but later asked for his e-mail address.

Essay on “Dreams” to be Published in Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock

June 2, 2005  |  Comments Off on Essay on “Dreams” to be Published in Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

An essay on The Cranberries’ “Dreams” will be among 41 essays on Irish music published in Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock when it goes to press later this year.

Beautiful Day, published by Cork University Press, will cover the dynamic changes in Irish music from 1964 to 2004. Each year will have a feature song and 1200-word essay on that song. The Cranberries’ “Dreams” will be the highlighted song for the year 1992. Each essay will include photos from the featured artist.

Preliminary information for the book says, “This book will place representative material by a variety of artists – including U2, The Corrs, Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, and Sinéad O’Connor – in their musical, cultural and historical contexts, while also introducing a range of less well known, but no less interesting, Irish popular musicians from the 1960s down to the present. Although the style is accessible, the research is thorough, and is intended to challenge many received ideas relating to the development of Ireland during this key stage of its political and cultural history. The overall intention is to combine written text with photographs to produce an attractive book that is evocative, informative, and controversial, and that has widespread, cross-demographic appeal.” The book will also include essays on Snow Patrol, My Bloody Valentine, and The Frames.

The book is being penned by two lecturers in Irish studies, Sean Campbell from Anglia Polytechnic University and Gerry Smyth from Liverpool John Moores University.

The book’s publishers are in negotiations with Apple to include an iTunes voucher to download the songs featured in the book. For now, the book hasits own iMix in case you want to hear a sampling of the tracks early.

Beautiful Day: 40 Years of Irish Rock will be published on September 1, 2005, by Cork University Press. Zombieguide will try to have a review of the book once it’s published. You can pre-order the book for €20 (€5 less than the cover price) from the Beautiful Day site.

Source: Beautiful Day site

Sunday Mirror: Noel “Will Return with The Cranberries”

May 30, 2005  |  Comments Off on Sunday Mirror: Noel “Will Return with The Cranberries”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday, the Sunday Mirror tabloid (Eire edition) published a new interview with Noel Hogan that should warm the heart of any Cranberries fan: He insists the band will regroup, but he’s not sure when.

Noel also revealed that the Cranberries didn’t intend to start doing solo projects until they had finished their uncompleted sixth album. However, with a number of personal issues, including the illness of Dolores’s mother- in-law, the band decided to take a break earlier than planned.

Here’s the full article:


CRANBERRIES guitarist Noel Hogan said the band WILL be back – but not until they have finished their own solo work.

Millionaire Noel – who wrote some of the band’s biggest hits including Linger and Dreams – has just released a new album with his Mono Band.

But he insists that some day he will reunite with his band members and make more Cranberries music.

He said: “We went into the studio almost three years ago and we had started to demo the next album.

“We only had about four or five tracks done when Dolores’s mother-in-law became ill and she had to go back to Canada for a while.

“There was no real rush to get another album out – we weren’t under any real obligations to anyone to get one done.

“We had originally planned to take a break and do our own projects after another album but because of the circumstances we decided to just go and do what we wanted there and then.

“We will see what happens down the road and we haven’t given ourselves any time frame as everyone wanted the time and space to do their own projects properly.

“But definitely at some point we will pick up the phone to each other and say that it’s time to regroup.”

Dolores O’Riordan is working on a solo album which is scheduled for release next month [Editor’s note: this should say “next year,” not “next month”] and Fergal Lawler is also working on his on projects.

Noel said: “Obviously I see Mike as he’s my brother and he’s been helping me out with my live shows by playing in my band.

“I still speak to Ferg and Dolores the odd time on the phone but it’s not like it used to be when we were practically living in each other’s pockets for years.”

Already Mono Band are in demand in America and Noel admits that being in The Cranberries has helped his solo project take off.

But he also has a lot to live up to which is making the 33-year- old very nervous.

Noel said: “There has been a lot of interest in the album in America – we’ve already done a few gigs out there and a few of the tracks have been picked up by radio.

“Being in The Cranberries has opened doors for Mono Band – it has made us much easier than if we were fresh out of the box.”

Noel still lives in Limerick with his wife Catherine and children Sophie, five, and Rachel, four.

He said: “I think it is possible to have an international music career and still be based in Ireland.

“In many ways if I hadn’t stayed in Ireland my personality and everything would have changed and I would have lost the whole idea of what it is to be in a band.”

The Sunday Mirror is also giving away tickets to Mono Band’s gig at Whelan’s at the Budrising Festival. Here’s how to enter:

NOEL Hogan’s Mono Band is just one of the acts that play the BudRising Dublin City Festival from June 1-7.

BudRising will bring music lovers seven days and nights of inspirational sounds in 23 indoor and outdoor venues across Dublin city centre.

Beck, The Las, Jimmy Cliff, Dizzee Rascal, Echo And The Bunnymen and Noel Hogan from the Cranberries’ new outfit Mono Band are just some of the great acts that will be playing.

The BudRising Festival Club at the POD will kick off proceedings at 6pm every evening with a FREE BBQ and end the party with serious dancing shenanigans once the gigs are over.

For more information see

We have three pairs of tickets to give away to one lucky reader who will get to see The Las, Jimmy Cliff and Dizzee Rascal at the festival.

Simply call or text us with your answer to the following question, plus your name and contact details.

Q: Which famous multi-million selling band is Noel Hogan a member of?

Is it:


You can e-mail your answer to with name address and telephone number or text answer to 086 055 5657 To arrive before midday Tues 31


CALLS cost standard rate. One winner will be randomly selected, after the closing date, from all correct entries received. Usual MGN competition rules apply.

More Mono Band news soon!

Source: Sunday Mirror (Eire edition)

Starbucks to Sell “Zucchero & Co.” Nationwide in US

May 26, 2005  |  Comments Off on Starbucks to Sell “Zucchero & Co.” Nationwide in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Starbucks Co ee and Concord Records yesterday announced a non- exclusive agreement to sell “Zucchero & Co.” at over 4,400 Starbucks stores in North America when it releases on July 12, in addition to the normal music retail outlets.

“Zucchero & Co.” was released worldwide in 2004 as “Zu & Co.” and has already sold more than a million copies. The CD contains Zucchero and Dolores O’Riordan’s duet, “Pure Love.”

The partnership could mean big sales for “Zucchero & Co.,” which is being marketed as a jazz album in the US. The last Starbucks partnership was for Ray Charles’s Grammy Award-winning “Genius Loves Company.” Charles’s album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in March of this year and has sold over 3 million copies in the US alone — 745,000 of which were sold in Starbucks stores.

Smells like good news brewing.

Source: Billboard

Cranberries Scale Down Curtain Call

May 25, 2005  |  Comments Off on Cranberries Scale Down Curtain Call  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

An article published today by Ireland’s Sunday Business Post reveals, unsurprisingly, that The Cranberries scaled down their self-owned management business, Curtain Call Ltd., at the end of 2003.

Curtain Call shrank in size, from €119,000 in tangible assets in 2002, to€28,000 at the end of 2003. Additionally, the company sustained a loss of€700,000, with retained losses of €1.3 million.

Notes filed with the financial reports confirm that the band intended to “take a break from recording, touring and related activities to facilitate individual band members to pursue solo projects.” As a result, the reports note, “the company’s activities are considerably less than in the past.”

Despite the losses, the company’s four shareholders — Dolores O’Riordan, Fergal Lawler, and Noel and Mike Hogan — will continue to support the company financially. The four shareholders “have confirmed that they will continue to provide the company with the financial support necessary for it to meet its obligations.”

The reports also show that Artwest, a separate company owned by Dolores O’Riordan, received €75,000 from Curtain Call. O’Riordan herself received €21,000 for studio rental costs. Curtain Call also owes €118,000 to their self-owned touring company, All Around Touring.

Source: Sunday Business Post

Fergal Lawler Sells Dublin Home

May 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Fergal Lawler Sells Dublin Home  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

If you’re wondering what Fergal’s been up to lately, he’s just pocked a modest €895,000 and is moving back to Limerick full-time, the Sunday Tribune reports.

The Lawlers have arranged to sell their Dublin home in the Ranelagh area, just a short walk away from Dublin’s town center. The house has been on the market since March. Until recently, the Lawlers rented out the red brick house, and are instead living in their home in the Cratloe area in Limerick.

If you’re curious, there are photos and a lengthy description at the Mannon Auctioneers website. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Source: Sunday Tribune

Listen to Noel’s Interview on Untitled with David O’Doherty

May 22, 2005  |  Comments Off on Listen to Noel’s Interview on Untitled with David O’Doherty  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

There’s another interview with Noel on Untitled with David O’Doherty. The interview is available as MP3s, so download them and keep ’em forever.

In the interview, Noel describes why The Cranberries’ effort to record their sixth album didn’t come together:

“Just before I started this, we were getting ready to go in and do the fourth or fifth album [sic]… or one of those. Nobody was really in the mood to do it. We did some demos.”

David O’Doherty buts in, “You can do that when you’ve sold 36 million albums. Let’s just leave it for a few years…”

Noel agrees, “Yeah, it got a bit like that. Everbody kinda wanted to do other things, away from The Cranberries for awhile. So we just decided, hey, lets do that. Let’s go off and spend whatever amount of time you need and see where it’s at then in a few years. We didn’t give ourselves a year, or five years, or ten. We just said, when we feel like it again. So that’s where it is, it’s just kinda left hanging there.”

Later, O’Doherty asks, “Did you ever sing?”

Noel’s response? “Oh God no! In the bathroom, and that’s just about it. It’s bad.”

Zombieguide will have a full lineup of all of Mono Band’s promo work, which we will post tomorrow.

Source: Untitled with David O’Doherty

“Zu & Co.” to Finally Release in US

May 9, 2005  |  Comments Off on “Zu & Co.” to Finally Release in US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Zucchero’s duets CD “Zu & Co.,” which was released a year ago in most parts of the world, will finally be released in the US on July 12 by Concord Records, according to Universal Music Distribution.

The CD contains Dolores O’Riordan and Zucchero’s duet of “Pure Love.” The CD also contains duets with Miles Davis, Vanessa Carlton, John Lee Hooker, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ronan Keating, and Paul Young, among others. No word yet if the US release will have any changes from the international release.

For much more on “Zu & Co.,” check the news archives.

Source: Exclusive

Noel’s Message to the Cranberries Fan Community

May 9, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel’s Message to the Cranberries Fan Community  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In response to an article published a week ago by the The People, Noel Hogan wrote in to Zombieguide to say that he was misquoted and that more skewings of his words may pop up over the next few weeks as he does promo in support of his solo outfit, Mono Band.

Here is the email in full:

Hi Alex.
How are things? I am just getting back to normal after the long flight home, I did not see the article in The People, but by the looks of things I have been misquoted. I never said, there was no plans to get back together, I did say, there were no plans to get back together at the moment.
Also I never said that The Cranberries ‘PREVENTED ME EXPLORING” this is not true. I am doing this now because this is where my head is at now, we in the band always explored any kind of music we were into at that time. It true that right now the kind of music I am doing, is the kind I am interested in right now. This may change again in time.
I hope this clears things up a bit, this kind of thing may happen a lot over the next few weeks as I do a lot more press.
Take care.

P.S. If you can have a look at this weeks HOT PRESS.

There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.

We’ll have more of Noel’s ongoing press interviews (hopefully with 53% less misquotings) over the next few weeks as they happen!

Source: Exclusive

Noel: No Plans for Cranberries Reunion

May 2, 2005  |  Comments Off on Noel: No Plans for Cranberries Reunion  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a thoroughly disappointing article published yesterday by Ireland’s The People, Noel Hogan told the paper that there are no plans for The Cranberries to get back together.

“We haven’t talked about it at all and there are certainly no plans to give it another go or get back together again,” he said.

“The way it was with The Cranberries was that the three lads just got on with it and let Dolores do the rock ‘n’ roll thing. She was the public image of the band and that’s the way we preferred it.”

Rather, he said, Mono Band is the band that he “always wanted to do,” but his commitments with The Cranberries prevented him from exploring that avenue.

“I was always into computers and wanted to work with them to make music instead of just using guitars and traditional instruments. I’d always been tinkering away at home creating new sounds and Mono Band came from that.”

Despite heavily making the rounds to promote Mono Band, Noel told the paper that Limerick is still his home and that he has no plans to move out. “It’s a vibrant place to live and it has so much going for it.”

Click here to read Noel’s response to this article. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Source: The People

Dolores O’Riordan in Collaboration with Graham Hopkins

April 28, 2005  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan in Collaboration with Graham Hopkins  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Former Therapy? drummer Graham Hopkins is collaborating with Dolores O’Riordan on her solo album, which is coming “soon” according to one of his other collaboraters. Hopkins will be playing drums on O’Riordan’s solo album.

Hopkins has played percussion on several big Irish albums, including those of The Frames and Gemma Hayes. His collaborations are so numerous that talk show host David O’Doherty teased him, “You’re probably the most thanked person after God in liner notes in the world with the amount of records that you play on.” Hopkins added that in between live gigs with his band Halite, “I’m drumming with various people doing bits and that and just generally having fun.”

This is the first news of Dolores in the studio in Ireland. Most of the past news came out of her sessions at Metalworks Studios in Toronto.

Source: Paula Toledo

Statue of Hogans’ Ancestor to be Erected in Downtown Limerick

April 24, 2005  |  Comments Off on Statue of Hogans’ Ancestor to be Erected in Downtown Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A statue commemorating Michael Hogan, a noted Limerick poet and ancestor of brothers Noel and Mike Hogan, is set to be built in the middle of the city, today’s Limerick Post reports.

An American decendent, Peter Hogan of Savannah, Georgia, donated over 10,000 Euro for a statue of Hogan, popularly known as the Bard of Thomond, to be erected in the city’s Castle Plaza, outside of King John’s Castle.

Hogan, who died in 1899, did not get much recognition — or wealth — for his work during his lifetime. It was not until 1924, 25 years after his death, that his Lays and Legends of Thomond was put into hardback edition.

In 1999, Noel and Mike Hogan funded a reprint of Lays and Legends of Thomond almost entirely out of their own pockets. Though Michael Hogan had no children of his own, the Hogan brothers are indirect decendents of the poet.

You can read the full article over at the Limerick Post. Thanks to an Irish fan for the tip.

Source: Limerick Post

Storm Thorgerson: Navajos Almost Confiscated Bury the Hatchet Art

April 19, 2005  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson: Navajos Almost Confiscated Bury the Hatchet Art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In a new interview in promotion of his ongoing exhibition world tour, Storm Thorgerson revealed for the first time that a Navajo guard demanded to confiscate all of the film containing Bury the Hatchet’s cover art during the photo shoot — only to find out that it was a joke.

Thorgerson admitted to Fmagazine that he and his crew were trespassing on Native American reservation grounds in Monument Valley, Utah, to photograph the cover for Bury the Hatchet.

“So what did I have here in Monument Valley? I had an eye and a naked man. We were filming in what are the sacred lands of the Navajo Indians and out of nowhere in this big, wide-open space, a Navajo appears in a truck. He jumps out of the truck, a big huge guy, broad rather than tall, with incredibly jet-black hair and he walks over. We’re all going, ‘Oh my God, what is this, what’s happening?’ He comes over, puts his hand on my shoulder, and says, ‘I confiscate all your film and your props.’”

“He just appeared out of nowhere and he was built like a brick house. He had no neck at all, it just went from his head to his huge body,” he recalled.

Thorgerson, who said he’s never had his equipment confiscated, said, “For one moment, I was utterly terrified.”

“Then he burst out laughing and we start swapping e-mail addresses. We couldn’t believe it! It was absolutely hysterical.”

“You always worry as a photographer if they’ll take away your camera and confiscate your film. Then you’ll come back empty handed. Coming back empty handed is a very difficult to say to the client. If you say, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t have the shot,’ then it doesn’t sound very good. Most clients are very unimpressed. It’s easy to fail. It’s easy not to do it. So to not come back with a picture is like a cardinal sin. You always have to come back with something. If the stuff has been taken by police — or in this case, a Navajo — what are you going to say? Will the band ever believe you anyway? So when you get home, and you tell the band, they go, “Oh yeah right! Pull the other one! Are you fucking kidding? You must be mad! I’m not going to believe that!”

Thorgerson also got the chance to talk about the making of the Wake Up and Smell the Coffee cover: “We built a tower and put 100 gym balls on top of the tower. It has a tilting ramp. We’d bounce them off the tower and onto the beach. It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic, just the way I had imagined it. They all bounced like crazy.”

You can listen to them both at Fmagazine (Oct. issue) or download the audio clips for Bury the Hatchet and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee here.

Thorgerson’s US exhibition tour kicks off in Chicago on May 12.

Source: Fmagazine

Storm Thorgerson US Exhibition Opens in Chicago May 12th

April 10, 2005  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson US Exhibition Opens in Chicago May 12th  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The 2005-2006 “Taken by Storm” US tour of the art of Storm Thorgerson will officially kick off on May 12, 2005, at Chicago’s Inspire Fine Art. Thorgerson, who designed some of the most iconic album covers in rock history, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, created the covers for The Cranberries’ Bury the Hatchet, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and Beneath the Skin: Live in Paris.

The US tour will be a continuation of the premiere exhibition in London that took place on September 21, 2004.

The Chicago exhibit will run from May 6th – June 5th, with the official opening night on May 12th. There will also be an “Experience the Storm” event on May 13th, and a fan club night on the 20th.

For those on the west coast, the “Taken by Storm” exhibit will be moving to Los Angeles (Glendale), CA, from July 31st – October 9th. The exhibit will be part of the larger “Art in Music” exhibition at the Forest Lawn Museum.

For more information on the upcoming US exhibitions, check for the latest information. You can also purchase prints from the site, including the 19′′ x 19′′ Bury the Hatchet print, limited edition of 125. The tour will be sponsored by and promoted by Media Bitch, who generously donated our “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” artist’s proof giveaway last fall.


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