About the rumors…

March 6, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Rumors  have been spreading around about Dolores health for a few days now, since Zacatecas Festival canceled The Cranberries gig originally scheduled for March 25th.

Our fansite has chosen not to contribute to the rumors and not to put a name on whatever possible reason the gig was cancelled.  Remember that the band has not announced anything about this, so we can only presume that these are speculations. We would also like to point out that some statements by the Zacatecas representatives include some inaccurate information about Dolores’ previous health condition. The only known health problem that Dolores suffered from over the last few years was some vocal cord nodules.

The current rumor could be a simple misunderstanding.

Whether or not Dolores is afflicted by a health problem, we feel that she should be the one announcing it publicly if she wants to, not some concert promoter. We feel that the last days’ statements were inappropriate.

The CW Team

BREAKING NEWS: Zacatecas festival cancels Cranberries gig

March 4, 2013  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Zacatecas festival announced that The Cranberries will not attend their festival according to DireccionesZac. The band had not confirmed its presence to this festival nor decline it on their official website.

Last week, the Zacatecas festival included The Cranberries on their official program.

Let’s hope that everything is alright with the band and that their silence is only due to some [well-deserve] time off, even though everyone misses them already.

Thanks to Cranberries Mexico for the news.

“Live 2012-London Edition” in store today in the UK

March 4, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Concert Live’s CD release of The Cranberries London 2012 concert is now available in UK music shops and web vendors.

The show was previously available to purchase in CD format exclusively on the Concert Live website since October. It was also released digitally last December.

Now available in UK shops and other vendors

Windmill master tapes might be Universal-Island’s property

March 2, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Master tapes recorded at the Windmill Lane Studios might be Universal and Island’s record property, as the record label probably paid for the recording sessions back then.

Tony Perrey from Windmill Lane Studios was interviewed today on RTE radio and explained that in many cases, records labels have the rights on these master tapes. No words on The Cranberries in this interview though…

You can listen to the interview HERE.

Thanks to the Dave Fanning Archives for the info.

20 years ago: Everybody else was doing it… and so did they!

March 2, 2013  |  Comments Off on 20 years ago: Everybody else was doing it… and so did they!  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ debut album turns 20 this week-end… and sounds as fresh as if it was recorded yesterday! Released on March 1, 1993 in Europe and March 2nd in North America, “Everybody Else Is Doing  It, So Why Can’t We?” was recorded at the mythical Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland

Last Thursday, we learned that the mater tapes of this album, which could include possible outtakes and unreleased tracks, are facing destruction as Windmill Lane Studios appealed to musicians who have worked there to collect them before next May or else they’ll be destroyed.

The Cranberries began the recording of their first album in January 1992 with Pearse Gilmore who previously worked with them on their Xeric label material. However, the band was not happy with the results and the work was scrapped. “Unhappy with the results – Gilmore had cluttered the mixes with dance beats and industrial-style guitar – and barely on speaking term with each other, the band scrapped the tracks and fired Gilmore” (Rolling Stone Magazine, March 23, 1995, page 60). After hiring a new manager, the band started working again on the album, this time with producer Stephen Street.

Everybody Else… peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on this chart for 130 weeks (more than 2 years!). After a rough start in the UK, the album reached #1 of Album Charts and stayed in chart for 86 weeks. The album sold almost 8 millions copies worldwide, making it the second best selling Cranberries album after “No Need To Argue”.

The album was reissued in 2002 with its singles’ b-sides as bonus tracks.
Check out our Everybody Else… album page for more details about this record.

Also, two nice recent reviews of the album, one written last year and the other just a few days ago. They look back at the album which became a 90’s classic:

The Cranberries master tapes face destruction

February 28, 2013  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Time is actually ticking out!!
Legendary Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin has issued an appeal to musicians who have worked there to collect their master tapes, among them some of The Cranberries recordings, or else they’ll be destroyed.

Some of the old tapes, including work by The Cranberries, on display at Windmill Lane Studios

“We’re appealing to any artists who’ve worked here using two-inch multitrack tapes to come in and reclaim them because we’re in the process of disposing of these tapes” Ian Brady of Pulse told RTÉ Ten. Windmill is now owned by Pulse Recording College.

The Cranberries recorded “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?“, “To The Faithful Departed“, “Wake Up and Smell The Coffee” and part of “Bury The Hatchet” at Windmill Lane studios. Who said everything?

Many of the tapes are either demos, master tape back-ups or discarded takes. Windmill Lane Studios will start to destroy the unclaimed tapes on May 7th.

Let’s hope that the band sees this and reclaims their tapes to save them for posterity! Wouldn’t it be nice to have some alternate takes or unreleased tracks just in time to celebrate “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” 20th anniversary this year?


rte.ie

Source: rte.ie

Confirmed: The Cranberries in Zacatecas this March

February 22, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will performed their first concert in Mexican soil since 2010 next March!
The official Facebook page of the Festival Cultural Zacatecas confirmed the rumor yesterday. The band will be at the Plaza De Armas in Zacatecas, Mexico on Monday, March 25th. This will be a free event.

The Cranberries are on break right now since the last show of the European Tour in Montbéliard, France last December.

The Cranberries to tour in Mexico next March (?)

February 21, 2013  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to tour in Mexico next March (?)  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Rumor spread over the internet today that The Cranberries will be part of the Festival Cultural Zacatecas 2013, next March. This year’s program supposedly leaked on social networks today and The Cranberries are said to be part of the March 25th show at Plaza de Armas.

The official 2013 Festival line-up should be released tomorrow.

Thanks to Cranberries Mexico for the info.

Source: Lo Que Es No Tener que Hacer

The Cranberries mentioned on “Family Guy” cartoon series

February 12, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

In this quiet period of time in Cranberries-land, here’s a fun tidbit of information: The Cranberries were briefly mentioned on last Sunday’s episode of hit cartoon series “Family Guy”.

The Cranberries were mentioned among tons of other bands as being part of the soundtrack of a fake Valentine’s Day movie staring the cast of Family Guy. But don’t look forward to hear The Cranberries on any Family Guy soundtrack as this was just a joke, Family-Guy style!

The Cranberries Credit (on the right side)


Thanks to Richard for this piece of info!

“Fire & Soul” is the third single… in Russia

January 27, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

It looks like some of the local labels distributing The Cranberries’ new album didn’t give up on a promotion of “Roses” in some regions. Ten months after the album release, “Fire & Soul” becomes the third promo single in Russia.
According to TopHitRu.com (a website that officially provides new promo singles for Russian radio stations and aggregates an information about the rotation of every single on Russian radios), “Fire & Soul” was made available for broadcasting on Russian radio stations on December 5, 2012. Since then it was played on 32 stations (for example, “Tomorow” was played on 44 stations). Full statistics of the track’s rotation is available here. (link no longer available)

Two previous promo singles from “Roses” released in Russia (Tomorrow and Show Me) were aimed for the rock radio stations, but never got much attention. Unlike them, “Fire & Soul” is aimed for the radios playing in CHR format (Contemporary Hit Radio) which means that, maybe, the local distributor is trying to showcase a different side of The Cranberries’ talent.

“Roses” is distributed by Soyuz Music in Russia. The album peaked at #24 on the Russian charts.

“Fire & Soul” joins other songs from “Roses” released as promo singles in different regions. Last spring “Raining In My Heart” was chosen as the second single in Italy and Ireland (and maybe other countries?) and “Waiting In Walthamstow” was released as promo single in the United Kingdom last summer. “Show Me” also got some airplay in the United States, Greece, Poland and Russia. And, of course, “Tomorrow” was the first official single released in many countries all over the world.

If you’ve heard The Cranberries’ songs from “Roses” in your country, let us know in the comments!

The official community closed again (?)

January 25, 2013  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries official community is not accessible since yesterday.
Technical problem or second shut down in less than a year?

The community website first closed last June after the band went on a summer break due to Dolores health problems. The site was put back online in September, few weeks before the band’s European tour. It is unknown if this accessibility problem is due to the a technical problem or if the band decided to shut down the site once again. The community did not seem to recover from the first shut down as few people joined the discussion forum since September. Is this the end, time will tell…

Thanks to Javi for the info.

“Live 2012” to be re-released in March

January 20, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

Just like the “Live in Paris 2010”, the London show will get a wide commercial CD release. Originally the show which took place at The Hammersmith Appolo on October 2, 2012 was available for order only on the Concert Live website as a special limited CD-set release. In December 2012 the show got a digital release and was made available for download on iTunes and other digital music stores.

London Live 2012 re-release

You can pre-order the “Live 2012” CD-set re-release for £12.84 on Amazon.co.uk or other retailers.
Release date: March 5, 2013

Happy Christmas and a Merry… New Year!

December 24, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

CW would like to wish its readers a… Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year! Or is it the other way around?! 😛

The Cranberries – “Doors and Windows”

Dolores in 2008

12-12-12

December 12, 2012  |  4 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Happy roadies day to all The Cranberries fans in the world… one-two one-two one-two  😉
Special wink to Declan and Murt!

For those who don’t get it, that’s usually what all the roadies of the world say to test a mic before a show.

Cranberries World video: “Ode To My Family” in Montbéliard

December 11, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Here comes -out of the blue- the song that no one requested. How could that have happened when we knew Dolores couldn’t sing it anymore? Get ready for our video of “Ode To My Family” recorded in Montbéliard, France.

One of us was lucky enough to catch sight of the setlist a few minutes before the lights were turned off, hence the fact we were prepared to capture what would necessarily be the highlight of the show. If some of you were moved by “Roses” in Luxembourg or Paris, get your tissues ready cause this was even more poignant! As you all know now, this was the one and only time Ode was performed on this European tour, simply because it was the last show of the European tour.

Recorded from the seated area in the back of the venue and close to the center, this view appears to be quite perfect. Feel free to share it, steal it, download it or whatever you want… ENJOY!

“Ode To My Family” – Montbéliard – December 9, 2012

Cranberries World video: “Waltzing Back” in Beauvais

December 10, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Here comes another requested song, “Waltzing Back” live at Elispace in Beauvais, France for the penultimate concert of the European tour. Recorded from the very front row almost dead center.

“Waltzing Back” – Beauvais – December 8, 2012

Last show of the European Roses Tour: Montbéliard

December 10, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

What a show, dear ‘Berries friends, what a show!
For their last concert of the European Roses Tour, The Cranberries surprised their fans playing “Ode To My Family” for the one and sole time on the whole tour, whereas Dolores seemed not too keen on playing it because of the recent death of her father a year ago. An intense and very emotional moment which we tried to capture in video and should post as soon as possible (just like the band, we need a little break 😉 ).

SETLIST:
Analyse
Animal Instinct
How
Just My Imagination
Ode To My Family
Linger
Free To Decide
Sunday
Fire & Soul
Tomorrow
Desperate Andy
I Can’t Be With You
Interlude
Conduct
Waltzing Back
Show Me
Ridiculous Thoughts
Salvation
Zombie
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No Need To Argue
Schizophrenic Playboy (which replaced You And Me and Promises)
Dreams

Although Dolores spat several times on stage, explaining she was very sick, the band did and amazing and beautiful performance. Dolores didn’t miss the opportunity to thank everyone who made this tour true such as the fans who she said they’ll miss, while telling the audience that this was their last show after a 32-date tour. She also gave away a couple of gifts to thank some fans who followed the band around.

Below our first photos off our Twitter account:

Snowy Montbéliard… & so cold (in Ireland France)

Outfit #1

Outfit #2

Concert Live disappoints several fans

December 7, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Many of those who were waiting impatiently for their Caen 2-CD set from Concert Live got a sour surprise in their mailbox this week.

Unlike specified on their website, Concert Live sent their e-customers the 3-disk set, which was previously available at the Caen concert. This edition does not include any information (name of the venue, date, tracklist), as it was burned and packaged right after the Caen gig for on-site customers. Internet buyers received that 3-disk set, but with the encore already burnt on CD 2, leaving the third disk unused and irrelevant in this CD set.

Several fans who attended the Caen show had already bought that 3-CD set and payed another 20 pounds for the 2-CD set… but got another copy of the 3-CD set instead.

Contacted on this matter, Concert Live indicated that “2-Disc versions with a tracklist are only available 6 months after the tour is finished”, an information contradictory with the product description on their website and the London CD set.

For the London show, most e-customers received the 2-CD set with credit information and track list printed on the sleeve. Some other buyers randomly received the 3-CD set though!! Some other fans did not mind the mix up as the musical content was much important than the artwork for them.

As for the digital edition of the London show available on iTunes and Amazon since December 3, some fans reported that the audio files were not edited and that the CD fade-in/fade-out were also on the digital files.

So, what’s next for The Cranberries?

December 2, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

With the European tour ending in a few days, many are wondering what The Cranberries will do next..
While no confirmed plans have been announced, there are a few hints out there, saying that the band could continue touring sometime in 2013. At several concerts in France, Dolores finished up the show with a “see you next year”. Also, a French concert promotion agency, Pression Live (which is not involved with the band in the current tour) posted on Facebook last Thursday a weird message with a link to a video from the Sanremo Festival:

They were on tour in Europe for the last few months.
It would be a shame to deny yourself of them.
Here they are, live!

Also, the band did not stop by Latin America where there is a large active fan base nor the western part of North America last Spring, on their short North Eastern American tour. Could a second American Tour be up the sleeve too?

To be continued…

Cranberries World video: “Put Me Down” in Nantes

December 1, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

As requested, and a little late, here is our video recorded in Nantes.
We thought this version of “Put Me Down” was quite interesting as Dolores plays with harmonics, lowering her voice tone so that it fits Johanna’s voice.

“Put Me Down” – Nantes – November 24, 2012

Cranberries World video: “Empty” in Lille

November 28, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Back from Lille tonight where we identified 3 highlights of the show:

  • “Sunday”, a song rarely played on this leg and tonight was the 3rd time on the whole European tour so far (premiere was in Bucharest). We’re sorry we didn’t record the song as we didn’t see this one coming.
  • “Empty”, just like Sunday this one has not been played a lot on this this tour (premiere in Madrid). See our video below.
  • Promises” requested by a few fans in the front row and which has only be played on request on this tour (premiere in Barcelona).

“Empty” – Lille 2012

Cranberries World video: “Schizophrenic Playboys” in Brest

November 27, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Terrible weather but a great show in Brest, France. One of our team member chose to film “Schizophrenic Playboys” shot from the front row dead center, can’t be closer! Hope you’ll like it.

Schizophrenic Playboys – Brest 2012

Cranberries World videos: “Roses” + “You And Me” in Paris

November 26, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

There you go! 2 songs in 1 recorded at Le Zénith in Paris yesterday. As you now know The Cranberries made a rather special and unusual encore for the first death anniversary of Dolores’ father.
My fellow fans on French forum “Pretty Dolores” also contributed in making this encore special by giving people in the front rows 200 roses to hold in the air.

Here is the video for you to enjoy. Our apologies if this video was not shot from the front row this time, we wanted a more global view to make sure we’d see the roses. No close ups then, plus it’s a bit dark as the lights were turned down on these two songs. Let’s hope we’ll find other videos shot by people closer to the stage soon so to see the whole scene better.

“Roses” & “You And Me” – Paris 2012 – 1st death anniversary of Dolores’ father

In the meantime, let me thank all of you, especially those who came up with this idea and planned everything with me, those who helped me financially, those who spent such a long time taking every single thorn out with me while queuing, those who gave the roses away to people surrounding them, the roadie who helped us in terms of organization (you rock, man!), and all those who participated, holding roses in the air.

Thank you ALL 🙂
Camille

Paris, a concert to remember

November 26, 2012  |  6 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

What a special show tonight in a sold out Zénith in Paris. As you may know, this show took place on the 1st death anniversary of Dolores’ father.
As a consequence The Cranberries played a very unusual show starting with the “Analyse” setlist but dedicated most of the encore to this anniversary.

The band thus returned a darkened stage after “Zombie” with a bunch of red roses on a table and a candle. Dolores explained the situation and dedicated “Roses” (the song) to her father. She then told the crowd how funnily her son -Taylor- has the very same eyes as her father, which led the band to start playing “You & Me” and skipping “Schizophrenic Playboys” for the first time on this tour.

A beautiful moment which was emphasized by a happening organized by French fans members of the forum “Pretty Dolores” led by Camille. They once again successfully managed to ask the audience in the first rows to hold almost two hundreds white roses in the air to pay homage to the band, the Roses album & tour, as well as Dolores’ family.

We tried to film these songs from the back to see the whole atmosphere so if good enough we will upload them asap otherwise no doubt there will be good ones on YouTube soon. In the meantime enjoy our few pics which we didn’t manage to post live on Twitter because of a bad connection, as well as the setlist.

Last thing, the concert was NOT recorded for a DVD as originally planned.

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.

The Cranberries Press