Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2002

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

Now, the 10th edition of the Christmas Concert in 2002.
Before the show Dolores met the Pope John Paul II: here’s a short interview (link no longer available) from current.com where she tells about it.

At this show Dolores sang an orchestral version of “Linger” and two Christmas songs, “Adeste Fideles” and “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)”, the latter with various artists.

Christmas before time: Concerto di Natale 2001

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

As announced earlier this week, today we’re celebrating “Christmas before time”.
There will be updates on CW with Dolores’ performances at the Christmas Concerts from 2001 to 2006.

Let’s start with the 9th edition of those “Concerto di Natale”, it was in 2001 in Vatican and it was Dolores’ very first participation to such concerts. She performed 4 songs: An orchestral version of “Analyse” and 3 Christmas classics, “Little Drummer Boy“(with Westlife), “Panis Angelicus” and “Silent Night‘ (with various artists).

Christmas before time, next Sunday…

December 21, 2012  |  Comments Off on Christmas before time, next Sunday…  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dear ‘berries fans,
Now that we all survived this end-of-the-world-day, we’re very happy to announce that next Sunday -Dec 23rd- will be “Christmas Before Time” on Cranberries World!

All day long, we’ll update the site adding information about Dolores performances to the Christmas Concerts in Vatican or in Monte-Carlo from 2001 to 2006. Song List and Promo Performances sections will be updated. Stay tuned…

“South Dakota” OST to be released next year

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

Film director Bruce Isacson confirmed that a soundtrack from the movie “South Dakota” will be released in 2013 and all 4 songs from Dolores O’ Riordan will be included.
This means the original versions of “Apple Of My Eye” and “Stupid” along with new solo versions of “Dreams” and “Empty”.

Bruce Isacson explains:

Dolores went back into the studio and recorded a new version of “Dreams” and “Empty”.  We feel the new recordings have more passion than the original, that comes from her maturity and greater experience since the original recording

South Dakota film director Bruce Isacson

As for the musical score segment that Dolores contributed, it does not have a proper title, although it is referred as the “Subway Scene”.

Dolores at the “Teen Screen”

Remember that you can contribute money via Kickstarter to help Isacson distribute the movie. Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. Your pledges will help them raise the P&A Budget (Prints and Advertising Materials).

“South Dakota” screened for 1,000 teenage girls from 17 Los Angeles County high schools

Source: Bruce Isacson

“South Dakota” THE MOVIE to be released with new music from Dolores

December 20, 2012  |  Comments Off on “South Dakota” THE MOVIE to be released with new music from Dolores  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

“South Dakota”, a docufiction movie about teenage pregnancy and abortion, will finally see a national release in the USA in October 2013… with some new music from Dolores!

Filmmaker Bruce Isacson confirmed to Cranberries World that 4 songs by Dolores will be featured in the movie: original versions of “Stupid” and “Apple Of My Eye” and brand new versions of The Cranberries’ “Empty” and “Dreams”, for which Dolores went back into studio to record them.

Dolores also contributed to the movie score told Isacson:

Dolores scored one of our sequences in the film, and she is credited as one of the film’s composers. Dolores and her husband Don Burton have been extremely supportive of our important film!  I am so thankful for their continued encouragement.

The “South Dakota” movie project was first announced in 2009. The movie portrays two dramatic stories about unplanned pregnancies along with sound bites of passionate pro choice and pro life advocates. Film director explains:

I found that so many of the women, when they go into this crisis of an unwanted pregnancy, they don’t have enough information so they can arrive at an intelligent decision or what course of action to take. And that’s why I made the film. You know, I stayed neutral. I didn’t want to manipulate my audience with my own point of view

Check out below the movie trailer featuring a message from the Director and some footage from a screening back in 2009 in which you can see Dolores.
Note that the versions of “Dreams” and “Empty” in this footage are the 1993 and 1994 album versions, not the new ones.

Official trailer & a personal word from the director

“South Dakota” swept major awards at the 2010 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival including Best Screenplay and Best Director.
You can follow the South Dakota movie project on Facebook.
You can also contribute money to help Isacson distribute the movie via Kickstarter. Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. Your pledges will help them raise the P&A Budget (Prints and Advertising Materials).

Source: Bruce Isacson

Dolores will NOT be at the Concerto di natale

November 30, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dolores name was taken off the official Concerto di natale website.
Her presence is no longer confirmed.

Confirmed: Dolores to perform at the Christmas Concert in Italy

November 22, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O' Riordan

The official site of the Concerto Di Natale just confirmed Dolores’ participation in the Italian Christmas Concert next December as reported before. The annual concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.

Source: Concertodinatale.it

Ode To My Family: “I can’t sing it anymore”

November 22, 2012  |  Comments Off on Ode To My Family: “I can’t sing it anymore”  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Dolores briefly talked about the death of her father and her bereavement in a French article from Brest’s newspaper “Télégramme“.

I experienced a personal tragedy that affected me a lot. The last months of my father’s were very stressful. It took me many months before I could recover from his death. I needed to stay with my family and my children. I feel better today, I can now look at his picture. I now realize that I have to live without him…

She later told that she can’t sing “Ode to My Family” for now because it makes her think of her father. “I hope to be able to sing it back one day, but for now, it’s too soon”.

Thanks to Sara for the info.

Dolores to perform at the annual Italian Christmas Concert?

November 19, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dolores O’ Riordan might perform at the 20th Concerto Di Natale next December according to Radio Italia (radioitalia.it). The concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.

Dolores’ presence is not confirmed yet.

Dolores was part of the 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 editions where she performed her own material (both Cranberries and solo songs) and Christmas classics.

Cranberries and Dolores fan communities are now closed

June 8, 2012  |  20 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Sad day for The Cranberries fan community: both the group and Dolores’ official fan community sites have been closed today. Last month a spokeperson from the band team informed fans that both communities would close in June as the band decided to only use Facebook for communication with/between fans.

Few weeks earlier Noel Hogan also closed his Twitter account. Noel was the only band member to interact with fans on the internet and pass on some useful information about the band performances and reactions.

Let’s hope that the band will use their Facebook account more frequently to inform and interact with fans when they get back to work in October. From 1998 to 2003, Fergal (and sometimes other members of the band) wrote some messages to fans while touring and recording albums. Those messages, originally posted on the band’s website, can still be found here.

You can also access other fan forum on the web:
Cranberries-fan (English)
Pretty Dolores (French)
I Still Dream (Italian)

Could Dolores possibly be moving back to Ireland?

May 20, 2012  |  4 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

According to a recent article published in the Sunday World, Dolores O’ Riordan lost out on a mansion located in Malahide, North County Dublin.
Whether this information -which is surprising considering that Dolores has often explained she’s really enjoying her life in Canada- is real or not, one could imagine that The Cranberries singer would like to return full time to Ireland in order to get closer to her family after the loss of her father.

Dolores’ mansion in Malahide


Now a word about today’s new rumor…

You probably all know that yesterday a My Fox article reported that Dolores was spotted in several Minneapolis bars drinking “both before and after the cancelled show” whereas there is absolutely no proof of this statement that was originally made by several disappointed and angry fans.

Information currently circulating about the band and Dolores on the web are to be ‘taken with a grain of salt’ especially as the band hasn’t released any statement yet on the last cancellations of US shows. Let’s thus be careful and wait for official news.

Dolores wishes good luck to reality show singer

March 19, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dolores sent a Good Luck video to one of the female finalists of the French-Canadian reality television singing competition series Star Académie.

In the short video, Dolores invited Andréanne A. at The Cranberries’ show in Montréal on May 8th where the young singer will have a chance to meet the whole band afterwards.

Dolores “Good luck” message sent from Melbourne

Andréanne often sings The Cranberries 90’s hit single “Zombie” during her shows. The folk-oriented singer, who sang her own composition on Sunday night, did not win the women’s final.

‘Live in Paris 2010’ re-released on iTunes

February 8, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

The audio recording of the Zénith show (Paris) taped in March 2010 was re-released worldwide today on iTunes. The digital album includes live versions of 18 Cranberries past hits and of 3 solo songs from O’ Riordan. This show was first made available as 3-CD set through Concert Live after the Paris show, then on the EMI label.

Source: iTunes

“Stop Me” on the Canadian iTunes deluxe edition

February 8, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Bonus track “Stop Me” will be included on the Canadian iTunes deluxe edition which will be released on February 28. The track was first recorded for O’ Riordan’s “No Baggage” album but was not used on the record or as bonus material. The Cranberries recorded it again in Toronto last year.

Since a short preview of “Stop Me” was put online during the recording sessions of No Baggage, the up-beat song became a fan favorite.

Dolores in studio during the “No Baggage” sessions (2009) 

Dolores on RTÉ Radio

January 15, 2012  |  Comments Off on Dolores on RTÉ Radio  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Dolores O’ Riordan chatted with RTÉ 2fm host Ryan Tubridy last Friday. The Cranberries singer talked about the new single “Tomorrow”, her kids, living in Canada, and the recent death of her father. She also spoke about touring in the USA and South America eventually.

You can download the podcast here.

Thanks to Cassie from the cranberries.me community for the info.

Pro-Life website tries to make O’ Riordan an anti-abortion model

January 6, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

In an article entitled “Five Pro-Life Women Celebrities Worthy of Your Support“, pro-life website lifenews.com credits an anti-abortion statement to Dolores O’ Riordan and distorts “The Icles Melts” lyrics meaning. It looks like the author relied on some random blog to support her article.

(((((((As for “The Icicle Melts”, it is commonly known that the song is about the murder of two-year old Jamie Bulger by two minors in Liverpool, back in the early 90’s.)))))))))

Although The Cranberries’ lead singer made a comment on abortion that could be interpreted as anti-abortion back in the mid 90’s, she more recently told The Los Angeles Times in 2009 that she “prefers not to disclose how she feels”. As a matter of fact, O’ Riordan associated herself to “South Dakota”, a movie that “presents interviews with experts on those questions with opposing views about a woman’s right to choose“.

KBCO offers “Ordinary Day” and “Dreams” to fans

December 8, 2011  |  Comments Off on KBCO offers “Ordinary Day” and “Dreams” to fans  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

After posting back acoustic versions of “Analyse” and “Linger” on their website last October, the good people from Colorado-based KBCO radio station are now giving the fans a chance to hear back Dolores O’ Riordan’s “Ordinary Day” as well as her solo rendition of “Dreams” in acoustic format.

The performance, which was recorded on the 17th of July 2007 at the KBCO Studio C, was posted back today on the radio station website. O’ Riordan also gives a short interview between the two songs, talking about her time off before she recorded her first solo album, Are You Listening? and her contribution to the Adam Sandler’s movie Click.

Thanks to Cranfandy who brought up the existence of this performance, posted a few years earlier on the KBCO site.

Source: KBCO.com

Rare 2007 acoustic show by O’ Riordan hits the Web

November 3, 2011  |  Comments Off on Rare 2007 acoustic show by O’ Riordan hits the Web  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Charlottesville-based radio station The Corner (WCNR, 106.1) uploaded on its website today a pretty interesting acoustic show Dolores O’ Riordan performed on December 3, 2007 making this a rare chance to hear some of The Cranberries classics and O’ Riordan solo material in an unplugged style.

This eleven-track performance, recorded at the Gravity Lounge during a free Holiday benefit show, is one of the most generous of her 2007 American promo tour. That night, O’ Riordan not only gave the crowd up-tempo acoustic versions of “Free to Decide” and “Dreams” – rarely played that way –, but also three tracks from her first solo album Are You Listening?. To this date, it is the highest attendance in the history of the venue.

Even though she was struggling with a bad cold, O’ Riordan did not miss an occasion to chat with the crowd, talking about her kids, Christmas and the 90’s, laughing at herself for not being able to do math in her head and for not remembering in which year “Free to Decide” was released (she initially said 1993!), and joking about Steve DiMarchi looking for a wife.

A big THANKS to Brad Savage from 106.1 FM The Corner for answering to this request from The Cranberries Press. You can listen to the show in a streaming format and download the mp3 file at The Corner Lounge Listening Room. (link no longer available)

Track list
1. Linger
2. Ode to My Family
3. Ordinary Day
4. Animal Instinct
5. Zombie
6. Free to Decide
7. When You’re Gone
8. Loser
9. When We Were Young
10. Shattered
11. Dreams

How much do we love these acoustic sets, uh?

Source: 1061thecorner.com

Where to watch The Pope performance?

December 23, 2001  |  Comments Off on Where to watch The Pope performance?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

If you’re like us freaks here at Zombieguide, you’re pulling your hair out trying to figure out where exactly on TV, etc, you can watch the IX Concerto di Vaticano in Natale, where Dolores performed four songs for Pope John Paul II. Unfortunately, it seems that North American viewers (along with much of the rest of the world) has been largely excluded from its broadcast, despite, according to the BBC, that it will be broadcasted to over 200 million people.

All of the media outlets that we know of to be carrying the concert are based in Europe. Here are the ones that will be airing the concert, all on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day:

Television:
Tara Digital (UK)
TVE La 2 (Spain)
Gran Vía (Spain)
Canale5 (Italy)
KTO (France) (Thanks to Dan)

Radio:
RTL 102.5 (Italy)

If you know of any television, satellite, or radio station that will be broadcasting the Christmas Concert at the Vatican (especially in North America!), please email us.

Partial Source: Cranberries of Prat

Dolores meets Pope John Paul II – photos

December 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores meets Pope John Paul II – photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

The Associated Press has begun circulating more incredible photos from Dolores O’Riordan’s performance for Pope John Paul II last Saturday. One of the pictures, seen below, is a powerful one of Dolores’s hand reaching out to the Pope’s, taken from the press conference last Friday (December 14th). Also seen are another performance photo, as well as a shot of the 67-piece orchestra that played on the Pope Paul VI Hall.

Source: AP

Pope performance: First images, new info

December 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on Pope performance: First images, new info  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

The Italian news agency Ansa has posted two photos from Dolores’s performance for Pope John Paul II on Saturday evening.

Also, we have some more details from Friday’s press conference. Apparently, Dolores got the chance to meet the Pope for the engagement prior to the press conference, and that she was “deeply moved” to have met him.

Thanks to Francesca for the info.

Source: Ansa

Dolores performs 4 songs at Vatican

December 17, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores performs 4 songs at Vatican  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

The Cranberries Official Website has updated with some brief news of Dolores’s performance at the Vatican.

Dolores in fact performed four songs for Pope John Paul II, two in addition to the two she was scheduled to play. They were, namely:

1. Analyse
2. Panis Angelicus
3. Little Drummer Boy
4. Silent Night

The four songs were played with a 67-piece orchestra that accompanied all of the artists performing, which included Terence Trent D’Arby, Westlife and Russell Watson among many others. It is uncertain if all four songs will be broadcasted during the Chirstmas Eve worldwide broadcast.

The Cranberries Official Website has also updated with a few more European tour dates for next spring, spanning Germany, Norway, France, and other countries.

Source: The Cranberries Official Website

Dolores performs for The Pope!

December 16, 2001  |  Comments Off on Dolores performs for The Pope!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O' Riordan

As planned, The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan performed solo last night for Pope John Paul II last night in the Vatican as part of the annual Vatican Christmas concert, which is now in its 19th installment. The show is part of a charity to build new churches around Rome. The concert was filmed, and, according to the BBC, will be broadcasted to well over 200 million people around the world. Dolores was slated to play two songs, “Analyse” and “Panis Angelicus”.

Irish popstars Westlife were added to the billing at the last minute, and met the Pope in a private audience with him. A press conference was held on Friday, which Dolores attended in a lovely violet dress. She told the press that she was honored to have been invited to the prestigious performance. You can click here to watch a video of the press conference, but Dolores does not make an appearance in the video.

“They asked for Dolores personally, they wanted her to appear on her own. The invitation was accepted,” said Dolores’s husband, Don Burton, prior to the press conference.

In addition to the broadcast on the Italian channel Canal 5, the show will also be on the Italian radio station RTL 102.5, and on TV on Tara Digital in the UK (Christmas Day). The concert will also be on several other channels throughout the globe.

We should have much more news about the concert soon, so check back, and be sure to check your local listings for the broadcast around December 24th.

Sources: BBC, KW Musica, Irish Examiner

The Cranberries Press