“OH LORDIE” WE MET FERGAL! Part 2

December 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on “OH LORDIE” WE MET FERGAL! Part 2  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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.

Source: Exclusive

“OH LORDIE” WE MET FERGAL! Part 1

December 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on “OH LORDIE” WE MET FERGAL! Part 1  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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?”
“Yeah!”
“Oh Lordie!” he said, “Zombieguide’s awesome!”

Source: Exclusive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crans join “Second Cup” for album promotion

December 6, 2001  |  Comments Off on Crans join “Second Cup” for album promotion  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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!

Source: ChartAttack

Sept.11 attacks influence new Cranberries songs

December 6, 2001  |  Comments Off on Sept.11 attacks influence new Cranberries songs  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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:
1. Analyse
2. Ode to My Family
3. Linger

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.

Source: Exclusive

Fresh info on “Linger” remix

December 5, 2001  |  Comments Off on Fresh info on “Linger” remix  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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.

Source: Exclusive

Another exclusive Press Conference photo

December 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on Another exclusive Press Conference photo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Here’s another photo from last Tuesday’s press conference in Madrid, a Zombieguide exclusive!
Thanks to Aaron Ros of the Official Spanish Cranberries Fanclub for the pic!
We will have more photos & media from the Madrid press conference shortly.

Source: Exclusive

Press Conference “Bed” photo

December 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on Press Conference “Bed” photo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Here’s another photo from last Tuesday’s press conference in Madrid, taken from MCA Records.
We will have more photos & media from the Madrid press conference coming shortly!

Source: MCA Records

Exclusive: Italian Tour info

December 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on Exclusive: Italian Tour info  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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:

1. Analyse
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 info@cranberriesitalia.it 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.

Source: Exclusive

Exclusive Press Conference photo

December 2, 2001  |  Comments Off on Exclusive Press Conference photo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Here’s another photo from Tuesday’s press conference in Madrid, a Zombieguide exclusive!
Thanks to Aaron Ros of the Official Spanish Cranberries Fanclub for the pic!
We will have more photos & media from the Madrid press conference coming shortly.

Source: Exclusive

First screen from “TITO” video

December 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on First screen from “TITO” video  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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

Press Conference video footage

December 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on Press Conference video footage  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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!

Source: Terra

Special to air on “Sol Música Portugal”

December 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on Special to air on “Sol Música Portugal”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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

German 2002 tour dates announced

November 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on German 2002 tour dates announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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

Source: Pollstar

Free poster in “Top Music”

November 30, 2001  |  Comments Off on Free poster in “Top Music”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Spanish revista “Top Music” has a free double-page poster of The Cranberries in its November 2001 issue. The shot is the band’s “green field” shot, which you can see next to last on the left column of pictures on the mag’s cover.

Source: Exclusive

“TITO” Spanish promo CD released

November 29, 2001  |  Comments Off on “TITO” Spanish promo CD released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

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)

Source: Exclusive

French Cranberries Windows XP promos distributed

November 29, 2001  |  Comments Off on French Cranberries Windows XP promos distributed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s been over two months since we heard of The Cranberries Windows XP ad campaign, but we now have our first piece of it. At a very recent Microsoft convention in France, 1-track sampler audio CD’s have been distributed for free with the song “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”. The CD is by Universal Music E-Compil and is sponsored by both Microsoft and Compaq.

Judging that the original news was generated from Universal France and that the promo CDs are French, the campaign apparently is for France only. As for the US? Well, we get to listen to Madonna’s “Ray of Light” over. And over. Again.

Source: Exclusive

Press conference images

November 29, 2001  |  Comments Off on Press conference images  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We have some of the first images from Tuesday’s Movistar Activa press conference where the band officially announced three tour dates for March of next year. We’ll have more images from the conference shortly, so keep it here!

Source: The pretty Cranberries

“Adorable” interview scans

November 29, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Adorable” interview scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The French-Canadian magazine “Adorable” has an exclusive interview with The Cranberries this month (and some not-so-exclusive Andy Earl photos).
Check out the scans…

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

New Spanish interview airs tonight

November 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on New Spanish interview airs tonight  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new Spanish interview, recorded with the band yesterday, airs tonight on the show “El Informal” on the channel Telecino.

A newspaper clip from “El País” (below) summarizes the show saying, “Félix Álvarez interviews the four members of the Irish group The Cranberries (in the image), that are, after two years of absence, launching their latest record, Wake Up and Smell The Coffee”

The band is also in several Spanish papers today, recapping yesterday’s press conference. The papers include “El Mundo”, “El Periódico” and “20 Minutos – Barcelona” (which even includes a photo — if someone can get us a scan, send it!)

Source: Cranberries of Prat

Crans record “Musica Sí” Christmas mini-concert

November 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Crans record “Musica Sí” Christmas mini-concert  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As planned, The Cranberries pre-recorded a mini-concert in Barcelona on Monday of this week for the show “Musica Sí”. The band played a total of four songs for the show, with the setlist being:

1. Analyse
2. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
3. Zombie
4. Time Is Ticking Out

Noel was in fact at the performance, which may suggest that he has decided to be present for the December US radio performance tour.

The webmasters of The Cranberries of Prat were lucky enough not only to be at the show, not only to sit in the front row, not only to get an autograph, not only to get some memorobilia, but to have a short conversation with Dolores during the soundcheck.

However, the recording did not go smoothly — which is all too reminicent of the 1999 “Musica Sí” performance (where first-hand accounts said that at times, the crowd actually boo’ed the band!). Most of the crowd was filler — only 11 of the 300-some-odd attendees were actual Cranberries fans. There were multiple sound problems including small, low-grade speakers, and a system which Cranberres of Prat described as “horrible” and “fatal”. After some uncomfortable exchanges of words between the band and the director, it seemed that the band was prepared to leave, without finishing the concert. However, the band did decide to finish the show, though it may have ended on a sour note.

The “Musica Sí” performance of “Analyse” will air in about two weeks, while the full set will be aired later for a special Chirstmas broadcast.

Source: Cranberries of Prat

“TITO” promo CDs released!

November 27, 2001  |  Comments Off on “TITO” promo CDs released!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MCA Records has released promo CDs this week for the second single of “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, “Time is Ticking Out”. Below we see the 2- track German version of the promo, which includes black and white art of the “desert” scene seen on the front of the International version of the album.

Tracks for the German version are:

1. Time is Ticking Out (Single Version)
2. Time is Ticking Out (Marius de Vries Mix)

We should be seeing other versions of the single in the coming days, so be sure to check back soon.

Source: Exclusive

FHM interview scans

November 27, 2001  |  Comments Off on FHM interview scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French magazine FHM has not one, but two interviews with The Cranberries in their December 2001 issue, plus a review of “Wake Up” (which received 3 stars). Below are some scans of the mag, with another new shot of the band.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader, No Need To Argue

New 2002 tour date announced, new merchandise

November 27, 2001  |  Comments Off on New 2002 tour date announced, new merchandise  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official Cranberries Website has updated today, announcing another new 2002 “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” World Tour date for Denmark:

Feb 17, 2002 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega

Also, if you check out the “Shopping” section, there is new “Wake Up” merchandise to be purchased, including (among the most interesting items) a bath robe $90 US, heat-changing “Wake Up” coffee mug (very appropriate!) $25 US and a “Time is Ticking Out” alarm clock $40 US!

Visit the section for more including stress balls, a travel thermos, posters, and more.

Source: The Official Cranberries Website

The Cranberries nominated for NRJ Awards 2002

November 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries nominated for NRJ Awards 2002  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are among several bands nominated for the NRJ Music Awards 2002, one of the most prestigious awards shows in France; Dolores and Don appeared at the awards show last year to present the award for “Best French Album”. You can vote by clicking here (Link no longer available), but note that you’ll need to register, and the page is in French. If you get lost, you can use AltaVista’s free translation or email Danny Kronstrom (Cranberries Tape Trader webmaster) for assistance.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

Band to be featured on “L’intégrale”

November 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on Band to be featured on “L’intégrale”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will be featured next month on the French channel MCM on the show “L’intégrale”. The feature will be showing all the band’s music videos from the first album to the present. Those who get the channel can watch for it on December 12th at 1:15PM local time.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

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