Mix 98.5 has posted some great photos taken from The Cranberries performance at Boston’s “Holiday Hoedown” at the Fleet Center earlier this month. Check ’em out below!
Source: Mix 98.5
So this may not be news (ok, fine, it’s anti-news), but we know you’d be interested in seeing it anyway. Zombieguide has dug up a bit of an antiquity — an article from the October 26, 1991 issue of “Melody Maker”. The Cranberries are featured on the front of the issue with the caption, “Flying Sauces! The Cranberries take off”, and has one of the earliest interviews with the band printed, promoting their “first single”, “Uncertain”. It’s a rare glimpse at the young band (when they all aged about 19), and has a most interesting description of Dolores’s humble kitchen.
(Webmasters: These scans are exclusive, so please do not take them without giving proper credit to Zombieguide.com)
(No longer available, see CW Magazines section for this issue)
MCA Records has issued and sent promotional discs for “Time is Ticking Out” to American radio outlets this week. The disc contains the same two tracks as its European counterpart, namely:
1. Time is Ticking Out (Album Version)
2. Time is Ticking Out (Marius de Vries Remix Edit)
It looks like the art department over at MCA was a bit on the lazy side for this one — the CD (which has no cover art) contains the same design as the “Analyse” promo.
The Cranberries’s new video “Time is Ticking Out” will premiere in the United States early next month on Oxygen, on the premiere episode of the second series of “Daily Remix”. The half-hour show is “dedicated to music from every genre”. The Cranberries performed for Oxygen earlier this fall during their US promo tour, and perhaps they’ll become a semi-frequent staple for the women’s network.
The premiere episode of “Daily Remix”‘s second series, which will air the “TITO” video, broadcasts on January 7, 2002 at 10:30PM.
Source: Press Release
Zombieguide has received the first word of the tracklistings for the upcoming “Time is Ticking Out” single.
1. Time Is Ticking Out (Album version)
2. Loud And Clear (Live at Vicar Street, November 11th, 2000)
1. Time is Ticking Out (Album version)
2. Time is Ticking Out Remix (Marius De Vries Long Version)
3. Shattered (Live at Vicar Street, November 11th, 2000)
4. Analyse (video)
We still don’t have a firm release date for the single, but judging from the relevance of this information, it should be quite soon.
Thanks to Electric Blue for the info.
MCA has released a 3-track promo CD in Germany of the three different mixes of “Analyse”, including the elusive “Oceanic Long Version”. The CD also has some unique art; although it has the same photo as the common “Analyse” single, it does not include the Thorgerson-induced red spots found on the previous promo.
The tracklisting is:
1. Analyse (Oceanic Radio Edit)
2. Analyse (Oceanic Long Version)
3. Analyse (Album Version)
Check out some scans of the art and CD, below.
Edge 102 has posted performance photos from last week in Toronto, where The Cranberries played three songs live on the air and participated in an interview. Zombieguide staffer Tara is in one of these shots, though I suppose she’ll have to show me which one. Although, she should be sharing her own exclusive photos sometime soon, so check back. For now, click below…
Source: Edge 102
In an interview taken two weeks ago for Navegalia.com, The Cranberries revealed that they’ve been practicing heavily and that next spring, eager fans will be in store for a few surprises in the Wake Up and Smell the Coffee 2002 World Tour.
Q: Next March you’re coming to perform in Spain. What will your concerts be like?
A: We expect to really surprise the public. We’ve been rehearsing for three weeks and we’ve decided to include alot of old songs because it’s been awhile since we’ve played them and we want to bring them back.
Another question revealed some new information about the oft-speculated “greatest hits” compilation (of which the Crans released a promo version of earlier this year, titled “Preserved”).
Q: After five discs, have you planned to release a compilation?
A: Yes, we think we’ll do it around this time next year (2002).
For the full interview, click here. (Link no longer available)
Thanks to INNER for the tip.
People often say that its not always the best experience seeing your favorite band at a festival because not everyone is “into” that band. I think now that that theory has just been thrown out the window just before my very eyes. When Dolores walked off the stage, my throat was raw, my palms were anxiously sore, but I’m convinced it was one of the best experiences of my life. If The Cranberries’s performance at the Mistletoe Meltdown wasn’t the “best” experience I think I’ve had, anyone would be hard-pressed to come up with something better.
The lead singer for Five for Fighting was on first, with a skimpy 3-song acoustic setlist (At first I was worried each band would be limited to three songs). Then came American Hi-Fi with a pretty good (although blaring) rock set, while the lead singer even mingled with the crowd on the last song, putting most people on the floor on their feet.
Then, one of Mix 96.5’s radio personalities came on, declaring, “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cranberries!” A cheer rang out, the first chords to “Zombie” hummed over my ecstatic cries of “I LOVE YOU DOLORESSS~~~!!! YOU ARE MY GODDESS~~~!!!!!!”, and immediately, everyone on the floor level jumped to their feet, and most stayed there for the full 8-song set. As for those folks in the bleachers — well, most of them didn’t stand once during the entire show, even when Better Then Ezra tried to verbally pry them out of their seats with a crowbar.
The setlist was:
3. Time is Ticking Out
6. Free to Decide
7. I Really Hope
A “tight” setlist, as one person described it, but a good one. This is one of the very few concerts I can call to memory where the Crans have started a set with “Zombie”, but it’s an incredibly good idea. The crowd was in it from the beginning, and the energy lasted until “Dreams”.
“Salvation” rocked the house, and “Linger” had the crowd’s lips moving to the lyrics.
I was particularly pleased to hear “I Really Hope” for the first time live, and I really hope (yes, pun intended) that it becomes a staple of the setlist — it’s completely killer live! When I got the chance to speak to Fergal, I told him that it was a great addition, with his humble reply being, “We’re still working on that one.”
“Dreams” was the usual icing on the cake for the short show, and I think everybody was left wanting a little more. But hey, that’s what world tours are for, right? Of course, for myself, the show was small beans compared to what followed…
Do you have a review or even a setlist from a recent concert? Email it to us.
After some humbly-accepted Zombieguide compliments, Fergal and I got the chance to chat, sign anything Chris and I could pull out of our pockets (including the “soiled napkin” !!), and take photos (which we’ll have shortly!).
First was the staple “What did you think of the show? Was it good?”, which I responded with an emphatic “It was awesome!” I also complimented the addition of “I Really Hope” to the setlist, to which he responded, “We’re still working on that one.”
Next I asked him if the band had contemplated choosing their next single to follow “Time is Ticking Out”. He said that they might possibly choose “Never Grow Old”, but that they are also considering “I Really Hope” or “This is the Day” as the third single to “Wake Up”. Singles, though, he said are really “hard to choose”.
Next came the subject of their DVD “Beneath the Skin”, released in January. Fergal conveyed that the band was not happy with the final product, which has had some notorious loading complaints. I myself told him of my own experiences with PlayStation2 incompatibility. Apparently, the menu and loading problems are universal, and the band may have all of the DVD discs recalled in the near future. He correctly stated that Image did a poor treatment of the programming, and that the band will find a different company to reissue the disc in 2002.
After the autographs, he was disappointed that he had nothing on the bus to give me. However, he told me that if I wrote down my address, he’d mail some stuff over to me, including — get this — a copy of “Watercircle”! And while we were on rare early material, Paul spoke up about the elusive “Uncertain” video. Fergal was somewhat surprised to find that a copy hadn’t surfaced, even though the early attempt was “kind of embarassing”. He said then though that he would try his best to have it soon on the official site.
“I really appreciate it,” he told me as we said our goodbyes, and thus ended quite possibly the best night of my life.
As we posted here earlier, Zombieguide editor Cranguy made the pilgrimage yesterday to Baltimore, MD, to the Mistletoe Meltdown 2001. Sure, the concert was incredible beyond description, but that wasn’t the ambrosia of the night. Pictures, setlist, all the good stuff is coming soon.
Weeks before the event, I had planned to meet Paul (aka “YeatsGrave”), an internet veteran of all things Cranberries. The plans somewhat fell apart, but I had told him approximately where I was sitting, and by stroke of luck, he found us.
Several bands after The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette was in the midst of her gig, after a tedious and buzz-killing hour-long setup. It was then that Paul rushed over to me, yelling as best as he could over the speakers, something about, “If you want an autograph…”. I really didn’t know where he was going with that, but I grabbed my coat and followed. We went back near where he was sitting, very close to the mixing area.
Step #1: First Encounter With Angry School Bus
Behind the flimsy barricade stood a starkly familiar face that I caught with several eye scans. It was Fergal! He stood beside Russel Burton, the band’s backup keyboardist. I took a slow step toward the railing, when a chunky, intimidating woman in a yellow event shirt (who I mistaked for a school bus for a second), yelled with a blunt grunt, “No walking through here!”. I point at Fergal, and she jiggled her head from side to side in a commanding, “NO!”
Step #2: Negotiate with Angry School Bus
I walked away disappointed, but not beaten. I looked back and saw the creature had returned to her aluminum chair. She stared at me. I walked back towards her. “Can I please get an autograph from The Cranberries’s drummer?!” I pleaded. Once again, the growling, “No!” Nazis. *sigh* But I know she was only doing her job. At this point, I was carefully choosing two options: Performing an illegal act by passing a school bus while it is showing its bright red “STOP” lights or go back to my seat and wait for a better time. I wisely chose the second.
Step #3: Waiting in the Rain
I said to my friend Chris (who will have his own impressions up here soon), “As soon as her set’s over, we’re running back there!” Begrudgingly, I looked back impatiently while Alanis shrieked on stage. Finally, I looked back and Fergal was gone. So much for that plan.
So her set was over. I walked back stealthfully past the mixing area once again. He was definitely gone. Odds are, he was still in the arena, however. Now another two options: Carpe diem or watch a band I care none about. I knew that there was no re-admission when I walked out the door, but that was fine. Things were getting repetitive.
As I started walking out, Paul and his significant other caught up. I asked them if they wanted to try to catch them, but when they realized they wouldn’t be able to get back in, they hesitated, and so we said what I thought would be our final goodbye.
So Chris and I stood for a half hour in the drizzling rain, among an angry hoarde of Alanis junkies. Poor Chris. Didn’t even have sleeves on his fleece. After a few minutes, Paul and his boyfriend changed their minds and met up with us. And so we waited and waited.
Step #4: Desperate Yelling
Finally, a few figures appeared, walking out of the underground entrance. Paul began yelling, “Cranberries!! Wohoo!! Yeah!!” while my eyes were still focusing on the dark shadows.
“You guys want some autographs?” yelled one of the band’s backups. “YES!! PLEASE!! AUTOGRAPH!! SIGN!! FERGAL!!” I yelled desperately, waving my poor, unfortunate, wrinkled-by-excitement “Uncertain” EP in the air. They gave a hearty laugh. The door to the immense tour bus opened. They stepped on, and the engine started.
Step #5: Final Desperation (Warning: Kids, do not try this at home)
I stood silently, prepared to have my fragile, flabby heart snapped in two. Paul, who met Fergal at the sound mixer with no 2-ton encounters, was already content. “That is coooold!” he told me with emphatic sympathy.
I ran alongside the bus, with another flimsy barrier between me and my goal. At the front, I found the only window not tinted and shut with blinds — the driver’s window. I leaned over the barrier, hoping that he would recognize the band’s first commercial release, or even more so, my frantic pointing and my “air signature”. He looked at me and laughed. Minutes later, a roadie came to the front of the bus, enjoying a “beverage”. He also stared at me, holding his cup with one hand, and a hopeless, sarcastic thumbs-up given with with other.
At this point, I was the personification of desperation. I was down on my knees, holding Uncertain between my begging palms. Finally, Chris got the most stupid yet brilliant idea of a lifetime. “I got an idea!!” he told me, “Give me your Sharpie!”. He pulled a soiled napkin out of his pocket, thanks to the overpriced “Super Dogs” at the concession stand. He unfolded it, and wrote, “ZOMBIE GUIDE.COM” and held it up to the window, joining me on my knees, his knees in a puddle, whilst Alanis junkies began gathering around us for some second-hand excitement.
Success: “Oh Lordie!”
Could they be so heartless? I was bound to find out. I saw some heads inside turn around, and I hoped for the best. A figure approached the front and I recognized him as Fergal! Without thinking I ran to the back of the bus, thinking that he would meet me where I was standing when they boarded. I looked back and saw Fergal standing at the rail.
He held out his hand and I ecstatically shook it. “Hi, I’m Alex,” I said with an insuppressible grin.
“You’re not Alex from Zombieguide, are you?”
“Oh Lordie!” he said, “Zombieguide’s awesome!”
The Cranberries are teaming up with Canada’s biggest coffee shop, Second Cup, for promotion of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. Clever, no?
Those that act quickly and order the album during the promotion are specially rewarded. You can order the album through Second Cup’s website, by clicking on a link to HMV, and order “Wake Up”. The first hundred to do so receive a bonus — “Preserved — The Story So Far” promo Greatest Hits CD, starting Monday, December 10th.
ChartAttack has a great suggestion for all you fans out there, who no doubt already have the album. Buy the album, give it away as a Christmas gift, and keep the promo for yourself!
The Cranberries stopped into the Edge 102 Studios in Toronto, Canada, earlier today to play a short 3-song acoustic set, as well as a live interview, particularly on the band’s views about the September 11th tragedies.
The band played the following three songs acoustically:
2. Ode to My Family
Most remarkable was Dolores and Fergal’s personal account of when she first learned of the attacks. “We were actually in Stockholm on September 11th,” narrated Fergal. “We were in the middle of doing some press interviews and the people from the record company came in and just said, ‘My God, turn on CNN, you won’t believe it!’. And that was when the first plane crashed, and then we saw the second one happening and said, ‘Oh my God!’. Horrific.”
Dolores added, “My first instinct was, ‘Go straight home, mind your babies, God knows what’s happening here in the world’, so basically we had to follow our hearts, so we went home, and stayed with our families until things settled down a little bit more.”
The band did regret that they had to cancel much of their promo plans in the interim, but felt that they had made the right decision. “At the end of the day, I totally doffed my career, but [my children] are small, so it’s good to be there.”
Even more significant was that Dolores, for the first time ever, discussed some of the songs she has written since the recording of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, and even more importantly, since the terrorist attacks.
Dolores conveyed, “There’s been a couple of songs actually that have definitely been affected or influenced by what happened, you know? So hopefully you’ll see those kinds of things next year. As I said, I didn’t want to kind of run out, jumping on stage singing all that stuff, which is the one route one can take, but I just personally felt safer at home and just felt that’s where we should be. So if you get inspired to write lovely songs or whatever, then good, you know, whatever.”
Perhaps we can look forward to new, more pessimistic songs? Dolores’s reference to “next year” is also an interesting one, perhaps suggesting that the band will add new songs to the “Wake Up” World Tour setlist. Or perhaps, a new album is sooner than we expect.
We reported awhile back of a 10-track UK “Wake Up” promo which included a brand new remix of “Linger”. We have some more information on the new mix.
The new mix is done by Dave Basconbe, rather than the recent “Analyse” and “TITO” mixes, done by Marius de Vries. The mix still does not have a proper title, but it is very likely that will we see it on a future release.
Zombieguide has obtained some brand new information from an Italian Universal Music mailing list, mostly regarding Italy.
First is the exact setlist for The Cranberries performance at the Concerto di Vaticano in Natale, where the band will be playing in front of Pope John Paul II. The band will be playing two songs:
2. Panis Angelicus
The concert, though will be performed on December 15th, will be broadcasted on Christmas Eve, December 24th, on Canale 5.
The newsletter will have a web-based component at www.cranberriesitalia.it by the end of the week. When the site launches, it will be holding a contest for five fans to meet The Cranberries prior to the Vatican concert. In addition, fans can email firstname.lastname@example.org with interview questions, which will be asked to Dolores and hosted on the website as part of the occasion.
Lastly, the newsletter announces two Italian world tour dates for next year, namely:
March 10, 2002 Bologna, Italy
April 5, 2002 Milano, Italy
Major thanks to Francesca for the news.
As a valediction to the end of The Cranberries eTeam, the MCA-run group has posted a gift to all those that participated — the first still from the upcoming video “Time is Ticking Out”. As stated on the official site, the video has a very “Wizard of Oz”-esque feel. Ready to check it out? Look below!
Source: Cranberries eTeam
The Spanish multimedia outlet Terra has posted a 4-minute video from Tuesday’s press conference in Madrid. The video is heavily dubbed in Castilian Spanish, so English-speaking readers probably won’t benefit much from the audio. Interestingly enough, Dolores’s voice is dubbed by Laura Ceballos, the band’s Spanish PR manager, who can be found in the liner notes of “Wake Up”. Check out Terra Real Video streaming for the press conference video. (Link no longer available)
Here’s some trivia for you… during the press conference, the band had quite an elaborate stage set for the presentation. One of the larger items on stage? The brass bed on the cover of “Wake Up”! Sure doesn’t beat the famous “Couch”, though.
Thanks to Aaron Ros of the Official Spanish Cranberries Fanclub for the news tip. We will have more media from the Madrid press conference in the coming days!
Next week, The Crans will be getting yet more broadcast time in Europe, compliments of “Sol Música Portugal”. The channel will be broadcasting a special program with the band on December 8th at 20:00 (local time). The show will feature an interview, video clips, and some live songs.
Source: Cranberries PT
Pollstar has posted four new German tour dates and venues for the European leg of the “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” 2002 World Tour. The four dates span from February until May, giving German fans several opportunities to see the band. The complete European itinerary currently stands as:
Sun 02/17/02 Copenhagen, DEN Vega Musikkenshus
Thu 02/21/02 Berlin, GER Columbiahalle
Fri 02/22/02 Dusseldorf, GER Philipshalle
Wed 03/13/02 Madrid, SPA Palacio Vista Alegre
Fri 03/15/02 Barcelona, SPA Palau Sant Jordi
Sat 03/16/02 San Sebastian, SPA Velodromo de Anoeta
Sun 03/31/02 Frankfurt, GER Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst
Wed 04/03/02 Stuttgart, GER Beethovensaal
MCA Records has sent promo CDs for “Time is Ticking Out” to Spanish radio stations, with some wickedly cool cover art, compliments of the band’s photographer, Andy Earl. The CD has the same tracklisting as the German version, but with the obvious improvement in cover art (First “Analyse” and now this. Germany seems to be cheated lately out of good promo art, don’t you think?)
1. Time is Ticking Out (Single Version)
2. Time is Ticking Out (The Marius de Vries Remix)