Demo MP3 of “Ordinary Day” posted online

April 16, 2007  |  Comments Off on Demo MP3 of “Ordinary Day” posted online  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Brickfish, the site hosting a challenge to create a web banner for the Are You Listening? pre-order campaign, has (inadvertently?) posted what appears to be a demo version of Dolores O’Riordan’s current single “Ordinary Day.”

The vocals a nearly the same as the version being released as a single, but the instrumentals are completely different and a bit unpolished.

You can listen to the demo streaming on Brickfish, or download the MP3 directly at this address.

[ALL LINKS NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Thanks to Litsa for finding this gem!

Japanese acetates for “AYL?” out; 2 B-sides planned

April 15, 2007  |  Comments Off on Japanese acetates for “AYL?” out; 2 B-sides planned  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Promotional acetate CDs for Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming Are You Listening? have been distributed in Japan. It appears that BMI Japan will be handling the distribution of the CD in Japan.

According to the promo’s liner notes, there are expected to be 2 bonus tracks on the Japanese release, but have not yet been announced.

Dolores to be at Victoria Mary Clarke book launch

April 11, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores to be at Victoria Mary Clarke book launch  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Today’s Irish Independent reports that Dolores O’Riordan is among the guests expected at tonight’s launch of Victoria Mary Clarke’s new book Angels in Disguise at Vicar Street in Dublin.

Among the expected guests are Dolores O’Riordan, Jim Sheridan, Sinead O’Connor, Gavin Friday, artist Guggi, and Clarke’s husband-to-be Shane MacGowan.

“Shane will be singing and hopefully some other special guests,” Clarke told People yesterday. “JP Dunleavy will be making a speech and there will be a few DJs playing.”

Photos + Setlist: Dolores O’Riordan @ The Hospital

April 11, 2007  |  Comments Off on Photos + Setlist: Dolores O’Riordan @ The Hospital  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

It’s taken a few weeks, but Japanese site BARKS: Global Music Reporter has some great photos and a report from Dolores O’Riordan’s press-only gig at The Hospital in London on March 22.

Here’s a translated clip of the review:

It was delightful to hear some Cranberries hits like “Linger” and “Dreams” live, which made us feel strangely sweet. Her current songs “Ordinary Day” and “Angel Fire” match her previous work in being simple and strightforward.

And here’s the setlist from the night’s gig:

1. Loser
2. Angel Fire
3. In The Ghetto (Elvis Presley)
4. Linger (Cranberries)
5. hen We Were Young
6. Ordinary Day
7. Apple Of My Eye
8. Dreams (Cranberries)

Many more interview videos online

April 7, 2007  |  Comments Off on Many more interview videos online  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

There are more new interviews with Dolores O’Riordan online, courtesy of YouTube.

The first is from public television service Fast Focus. This is a meaty 5-minute clip with interviews meshed together with footage from The Cranberries. Best of all, there are several behind-the-scenes shots during the filming of the “Ordinary Day” video in Prague.

You can watch the YouTube version below or download the high quality WMV format video from Fast Focus’s site.

 

The next is a clip from MTV Italy’s “Flash” from April 2nd, filmed off of a TV screen, courtesy of Mattia over at the Cranberries Discography.

[LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

And last, we have a rather sad clip of a couple who traveled from Poland, but couldn’t get into Dolores’s press-only gig at The Hospital in London. We’re sorry guys. We feel for you.

[LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

El Periódico de Catalunya interview translation

April 7, 2007  |  Comments Off on El Periódico de Catalunya interview translation  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Thanks to Gonzo, here is an English translation of the interview that appeared in El Periódico de Catalunya last week:

“You can be a pop singer and a mother of four”

O’Riordan, Ready to start her Tour in Barcelona on 29th May.
JUAN FERNÁNDEZ
MADRID

– Was the decision of starting a solo career taken previous to The Cranberries’ dissolution?
– No. That period ended because we all finished a phase in our lives we did not want to go back. In my case, I needed to stop and have a normal life back again. No contract deals, Tours or anybody on my shoulders, just me taking care of my kids.

– Then, why are you back?
– Because singing is my thing. It’s what I do and I enjoy doing. All the rest of it, a glamorous life, fame, etc are just things you have to deal with.

– The ideal life would be as a pop star, living a normal life…

– That is not an ideal, it’s simply impossible but at least that is my plan. You can be a pop singer and a mother of four kids, go pick them up from school like all mums do, I do it. ¿Why not?

– Did you ever think of reuniting with The Cranberries again?
– My intuition told me now it was the time to go solo. The challenge is bigger but all the decisions are made by me.

– Introduce your music to me. Will Cranberries fans like it?
– By the reactions I have observed, I do think so. I would say my work now is more experimental, more open, daring. I never saw myself capable of doing such personal & dark songs with the band.

–Will it be a heavy shadow, your past as a Cranberries member when introducing yourself to new audiences,?
–No, ’cause it’s something I feel very proud of. It’s part of my life. With out the Cranberries I wouldn’t be here talking to you today.

–How do you face this challenge personally?
–I feel more mature. Being a mother of four kids, having a partner for 13 years and surviving a pop band makes you a wiser person. At last I have learned not to struggle myself.

Also thanks to Chema and don_8 for their input!

Video: Dolores arrives in Poland

April 5, 2007  |  Comments Off on Video: Dolores arrives in Poland  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Strona Cranberries has put up a short clip from Polish news program Teleexpress of Dolores O’Riordan arriving at the Warsaw airport on Monday. Dolores is in Poland this week to do promo for Are You Listening?

[LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

On-the-road photos on DoloresORiordan.ie

April 4, 2007  |  Comments Off on On-the-road photos on DoloresORiordan.ie  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s Official Site has posted a great gallery of miscellaneous snapshots of Dolores’s promo tour across Europe over the last few weeks. Included are shots of Dolores on France’s Taratata TV and RTL Radio shows, plus some others.

More videos of Dolores on Ultimate-Guitar.com

April 4, 2007  |  Comments Off on More videos of Dolores on Ultimate-Guitar.com  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

There are more interview videos of Dolores O’Riordan online at ultimate-guitar.com. The videos are taken from the same source as the ones posted yesterday on underground.com.au

Here are some quotes from the videos:

“Well there wasn’t any great obstacle, but what happens is as we all get older we acquire children, and we require life and priorities beyond just working all the time. And I suppose having spent 14 years in the ‘berries, and always…I’d have a baby and then the baby is about three or four months, I’d go back to rehearsal and then I’d go back to touring, back to the studio. But for the first time in my life I really wanted to step completely away from the music industry and the idea of being an entertainer. After the Greatest Hits from The (Cran)berries came out it seemed like the right time to just stop and just spend time with my children and just be a mother — a really normal mother, and in that sense I mean I didn’t want a housekeeper and I didn’t want a nanny. My mother helps me mind my kids all the time, so we tried to keep things very real in the house, you know?”

 

“My mother in law she was diagnosed with cancer, and in 2003 I moved to Canada with my husband, to the forest. And basically I had no helpers or anything, and I was just a full-time mother and I really enjoyed that experience. And through that experience of spending four years at home with my family, I wrote all these songs for this record. So they’re just about very human, day-to-day things.”

Thanks to CanadianLeprechaun for the find.

Sanctuary to cut back US label on June 30

April 4, 2007  |  Comments Off on Sanctuary to cut back US label on June 30  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Billboard reports that Sanctuary Records will be closing down major operations for its US record label shortly after the release of Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening?

One source told Billboard that for new releases, particularly for Dolores’s album: “It is important to do the right things for albums like those. But then everyone who deals with front-line will be leaving at various times over the new few months.”

UK executives arrived in New York last Thursday to personally deliver the news that major parts of the US branch of the company would be closing on June 30. It appears that Dolores O’Riordan’s album will be one of the last released by the US branch of the company. The company will maintain a back catalog operation in the US.

The closing of the US division of Sanctuary Records is one of a long list of expenses that the company is cutting. Sanctuary Records has lost large portions of its market value in the last 2 years.

Dolores to perform at Concerto del Primo Maggio

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores to perform at Concerto del Primo Maggio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Rockol reports that Dolores O’Riordan will be performing at Italy’s Concerto del Primo Maggio festival in Rome on May 1st. This will be her first large scale solo performance, ahead of the “official” kickoff of the European Tour in Barcelona on May 29th.

Dolores will be the International Guest Star for the festival, and the concert is broadcasted on TV nationwide in Italy.

Thanks to Alessio for the tip.

Video: Dolores O’Riordan arrives in Poland

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on Video: Dolores O’Riordan arrives in Poland  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has arrived in Warsaw, Poland, to do promotion in support of Are You Listening? Polish TV news program Teleexpress has some footage of Dolores arriving at the airport in Warsaw, which you can watch at the link below (skip ahead to the 10:45 mark):

[VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

(Note the site seems to be blocking users who are not in Teleexpress’s viewing region.)

Thanks to cran of Strona Cranberries for the news.

MTV Turkey: Dolores O’Riordan Artist of the Week

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on MTV Turkey: Dolores O’Riordan Artist of the Week  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

MTV Türkiye has chosen Dolores O’Riordan as “Artist of the Week” for this week. You can find a biography on the MTV Türkiye website and MTV Türkiye is running the “Ordinary Day” video as an exclusive in the country.

Thanks to cranberriERman for the news.

“Ordinary Day” taking off on US radio

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” taking off on US radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Even though Dolores O’Riordan’s “Ordinary Day” has not yet officially “gone for adds” on US radio, it’s already gaining momentum on US stations and raising eyebrows.

This week, the track has “Jump!” status on AAA radio formata, which means that it has had at least 20 more plays than the week before. Stations that are currently playing the Dolores’s new single include WRLT-FM Nashville, KTCZ-FM Minneapolis, WXRT-FM Chicago, and XM Cafe (XM channel 45).

“Ordinary Day” will be officially added to US radio on April 16.

Thanks to Jr for the news.

“Today” (Singapore) reviews “Are You Listening?”

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Today” (Singapore) reviews “Are You Listening?”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Singapore’s Today newspaper has one of the first print reviews of Dolores O’Riordan’s debut solo album Are You Listening? They give the album a 3/5.

You can grab a PDF of today’s paper by going here

Dolores O’ Riordan – Are You Listening?
By Zul Othmanzul

Rating: 3 out of 5

FORMER Cranberries singer Dolores O’ Riordan has kept a low profile since the band split up in 2003.

That and the fact this album is her solo debut is sure to attract some interest: After all, The Cranberries won acclaim early on for their ability to craft hypnotising tunes.

Then again, O’ Riordan also tended to leave fans boggled as to how a wee Irish lass could resort to yodelling to get the musical message across, most notably on their 1994 hit Zombie.

Not surprisingly, Are You Listening displays many of the O’ Riordan hallmarks.

The crunching quasi heavy metal riffs and over-the-top vocal delivery are here, but as the bulk of songs are better than average this ends up being a minor distraction.

Video interview with Dolores at undercover.com.au

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on Video interview with Dolores at undercover.com.au  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Undercover has a video interview and report on Are You Listening?

[VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

“After the Greatest Hits came out with the ‘Berries, it seemed like the right time to just stop and spend time with my kids, to be a mother, a really normal mother. In that sense, I meant I didn’t want a housekeeper, and I didn’t want a nanny. My mother helps me mind my kids all the time. We tried to keep things very real in the house,” she said.

El Periódico de Catalunya interviews Dolores

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on El Periódico de Catalunya interviews Dolores  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

El Periódico de Catalunya published a Q&A-style interview with Dolores in the March 31st issue of their print newspaper. If someone would be kind enough to do an English translation, please send it to me or post it in the forums.

The interview is also available in Catalan after the jump.

Dolores O’Riordan : “Se puede ser cantante pop y madre de cuatro hijos como yo”
JUAN FERNÁNDEZ MADRID

–¿La decisión de iniciar una carrera en solitario es previa a la disolución de Cranberries?

–No. Aquello terminó porque todos completamos una etapa que no queríamos volver a vivir. En mi caso, necesitaba parar y volver a tener una vida normal. Sin contratos, giras ni nadie pendiente de mi, sino yo pendiente de mis hijos.

–¿Entonces, por qué vuelve?

–Porque mi oficio es cantar. Es lo que sé hacer y lo que me gusta. Lo otro, el glamour, la fama, es algo que hay que soportar.

–Lo ideal sería ser una estrella pop y poder tener una vida normal.

–No es un ideal, es algo posible. Al menos, ése es mi plan. Se puede ser cantante pop y madre de cuatro hijos, e ir a recogerlos al colegio en chándal como una madre más, como hago yo. ¿Por qué no?

–¿Nunca se planteó volver con toda la banda?

–Mi intuición me decía que ahora era el momento de jugármela en solitario. El reto es mayor, pero las decisiones solo dependen de mi.

–Presénteme su música. ¿Gustará al fan de Cranberries?

–Por las reacciones que he observado, creo que sí. Digamos que ahora mi trabajo es más experimental, más abierto, más atrevido. Con Cranberries nunca me vi capaz de hacer canciones tan personales y oscuras como las de este álbum.

–¿Pesará demasiado la sombra de Cranberries en su tarjeta de presentación?

–No, porque es algo de lo que me siento muy orgullosa. Forma parte de mi vida. Sin Cranberries no estaría aquí hoy hablando con usted.

–¿Personalmente cómo encara este reto?

–Me siento con madurez. Ser madre de cuatro hijos, tener una relación de pareja de 13 años y sobrevivir al éxito de una banda de pop te hace una persona más sabia. Al fin he aprendido a no luchar contra mí.

Catalan version:

Dolores O’Riordan : “Es pot ser cantant pop i mare de quatre fills com jo”
JUAN FERNÁNDEZ MADRID

–¿La decisió d’iniciar una carrera en solitari és prèvia a la dissolució de Cranberries?

–No. Allò va acabar perquè tots vam completar una etapa que no volíem tornar a viure. En el meu cas, necessitava parar i tornar a tenir una vida normal. Sense contractes, gires ni ningú pendent de mi, sinó jo pendent dels meus fills.

–¿Llavors, per què torna?

–Perquè el meu ofici és cantar. És el que sé fer i el que m’agrada. La resta, el glamur, la fama, és una cosa que s’ha de suportar.

–L’ideal seria ser una estrella pop i poder tenir una vida normal.

–Això no és cap ideal, és possible. Almenys, aquest és el meu pla. Es pot ser cantant pop i alhora mare de quatre fills, i anar a recollir-los al col.legi en xandall com una mare més, com faig jo. ¿Per què no?

–¿No es va plantejar mai tornar amb tota la banda?

–La meva intuïció em deia que ara era el moment de jugar-me-la en solitari. El repte és més gran, però les decisions només depenen de mi.

–Presenti’m la seva música. ¿Agradarà al fan de Cranberries?

–Per les reaccions que he observat, crec que sí. Diguem que ara el meu treball és més experimental, més obert, més atrevit. Amb Cranberries no em vaig veure mai capaç de fer cançons tan personals i fosques com les d’aquest àlbum.

–¿Pesarà massa l’ombra de Cranberries en la seva targeta de presentació?

–No, perquè me’n sento molt orgullosa. Forma part de la meva vida. Sense Cranberries avui no seria aquí parlant amb vostè.

–¿Personalment com encara aquest repte?

–Em sento amb maduresa. Ser mare de quatre fills, tenir una relació de parella de 13 anys i sobreviure a l’èxit d’una banda de pop et fa una persona més sàvia. Per fi he après a no lluitar contra mi.

Breed 77 to release Latino-metal “Zombie” cover

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on Breed 77 to release Latino-metal “Zombie” cover  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Gibraltar-based band Breed 77 will be releasing a “Latino metal” cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” as a bonus track for the digital download of their new album Look at Me Now, to be released on April 23.

According to the UK’s FAME Magazine, who have heard the cover…

Look At Me Now is released April 23, and on the digital bundle contains a never heard before “Latino-metal” version of the Cranberries classic hit, Zombie, which is totally out of this world. Usually a track of this calibre should have a label stating, “Do Not Cover”, placed upon it, but Breed 77 has produced a track, up there with the original itself.

Scans: Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “XL”

April 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on Scans: Dolores O’Riordan on cover of “XL”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan makes her first magazine cover appearance in many years on the April 2007 issue of Italy’s XL magazine.

Dolores talks about a number of topics in the interview: Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Pope Benedict (whom she calls “Benny”), and even touches on abortion.

Thanks to irishsoul, CORDELL and Lore for the scans!

Update: Dolores on cover of “XL” magazine (Italy)

March 31, 2007  |  Comments Off on Update: Dolores on cover of “XL” magazine (Italy)  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan will be the covergirl for the April 2nd issue of Italian magazine XL.

According to Pubblicita:

The singer tells XL the details of the personal crisis that gave her the will to go away from the spotlight in order to dedicate herself to her family, her humanitarian engagement, the di culty of being a rockstar, her relationship with faith and her “rebirth” thanks to her passion for music.

Thanks to CORDELL for the pic.

“Ordinary Day” B-sides, single formats announced

March 31, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” B-sides, single formats announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Without You” and “Forever” will be the titles of the B-sides that accompany the single release of “Ordinary Day” next month.

These 2 song titles first surfaced last August among a list of 7 titles that Dolores recorded at Toronto’s Metalworks Studios. Among those 7, “Playground” is the only one that does not yet have release plans. (”Vadim’s Theme” appears to be an alternate title for the Evilenko theme “Angels Go to Heaven.”)

“Ordinary Day” will be released in 2 formats on April 30th in the UK: a 3-track CD single and a limited edition 7″ EP.

The CD single will include:

* 1. Ordinary Day
* 2. Without You
* 3. Ordinary Day [Video]

While the 7″ will include:

* 1. Ordinary Day
* 2. Forever

HMV has started taking orders for both the CD single and the 7″.

Thanks to Alex for the news.

Dolores O’Riordan U.S. July tour dates announced!

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan U.S. July tour dates announced!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

From the official site:

NEW USA & CANADA TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!

7TH JULY – TORONTO, ON* – THE PHOENIX
9TH JULY – BOSTON,MA – AVALON BALLROOM
10TH JULY – NEW YORK,NY – IRVING PLAZA
12TH JULY – WASHINGTON, D.C. – 9:30 CLUB
13TH JULY – PHILADELPHIA, PA – THEATER OF LIVING ARTS
15TH JULY – CHICAGO IL – HOUSE OF BLUES
17TH JULY – DENVER, CO – GOTHIC THEATER
19TH JULY – WEST HOLLYWOOD,CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
20TH JULY – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – THE FILLMORE
22ND JULY – SEATTLE, WA – SHOWBOX SHOWROOM & LOUNGE
23RD JULY – VANCOUVER,BC* – COMMODORE BALLROOM
*Preorder not avaialble in Canada but ticket presale includes these dates.

You can get early access to the ticket presale by participating in the Are You Listening? pre-sale campaign. [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE] 

Pre-order “AYL?,” get T-shirt and downloads

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Pre-order “AYL?,” get T-shirt and downloads  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sanctuary Records today announced a pre-order campagin for Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening?, offering T-shirts and bonus downloads to U.S. fans to put in their order for the new album.

In addition, Sanctuary Records is offering a free MP3 download of the new single “Ordinary Day,” regardless of whether you preorder or not.

Sanctuary’s $19.99 package offers the CD album to your door on release day, a special T-shirt limited only to this sale, an immediate free download of “Black Widow,” an advance full album download on May 7th, and access to ticket presales.

Sanctuary is also offering an affordable $9.99 package with includes the CD (a steal for the CD alone) and download goodies.

(Take note that there’s an additional $6 shipping charge on top of these.)

You can check out the special pre-order page at http://dolores.sanctuaryrecords.com/

doloresoriordan.ie

Dolores in San Francisco July 20; Tix tomorrow

March 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores in San Francisco July 20; Tix tomorrow  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The first confirmed date for Dolores O’Riordan’s summer tour of North America has been posted. According to Ticketmaster, she will play the Fillmore in San Francisco on July 20th.

Tickets ($35) go on sale from Ticketmaster tomorrow at 10:00 AM!

Thanks to Exxon for the news.

“Ordinary Day” goes to US radio on April 16

March 27, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” goes to US radio on April 16  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The reason Billboard was concerned about “Ordinary Day” not getting airplay in the US is simply because the song hasn’t yet been added to US radio playlists.

“Ordinary Day” is “going for adds” on US stations on April 16th. The song is being categorized as “Triple A” format (major artists), so it by all means should get some mainstream attention.
Thanks to Jr for the news.

Source: FMQB

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