To put an end to the boobs controversy

November 2, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Other News

Two days ago CW reported about some gossiping on differents forums and between fans attending the current tour, whether Dolores had breasts enlargement or not.
We would like to remind you that we did/do not pass any judgement on Dolores appearance, nor condemn the use of plastic surgery. Every person should be free to use such methods if they want to with no fear of being judged by others. Remember though that no one confirmed that Dolores actually had this kind of surgery.

The CW Team felt that this was important to briefly address this topic, as a footnote in our last article, since it was widely discussed between fans.

Now back to celebrate The Cranberries’ music and performances! 😉

The European Leg so far…

October 31, 2012  |  23 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Today The Cranberries are playing at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Roma for the 3rd and last show in beautiful Italy. Italians fans do love The Cranberries & there is no doubt The Cranberries do love Italy. The whole band arrived in Roma yesterday and had a day off there after 2 great shows in Padova and Milano.

Roma is the 11th show of a tour that counts 33 shows, meaning one third of the European Leg of the Roses Tour 2012 has now been played which enabled fans to notice a regular pattern in setlists change from one night to another. Besides the London show which was the premiere (and a premiere is never too representative) one can identify 2 setlists, the first one starting with “Just My Imagination” and the other one with “Analyse”.
These 2 setlist greatly differ in terms of dynamic and of length. If the Analyse set contains 25 or 26 songs, only 20 or 21 songs are featured in the other set!
As a consequence, don’t be too surprised if ever you get to read really good reviews (from the media, we’re not speaking about fans here) from a concert whereas that on the following evening tends to contrast.

If some fans do identify the setlists by speaking of the “energetic & long” one and the “slow and short” one, we, meaning Cranberries World, do not think things are this black and white.
Having seen a couple of shows, we can say both shows feature amazing and rare songs as well as beautiful moments. What stroke us the most was mainly the discrepancy in terms of song number.

Things are not frozen though, the running order is never exactly the same and some old rarities do pop up surprisingly sometimes to our greatest delight. Plus consider there are still a lot of dates to come, the band can always refine its choices at all times.
The Cranberries are in great shape and appear to be still amazing performers. The 3 boys play goddamn well and the still blond Dolores changes her clothes 3 times a show, most of the time for beautiful dresses exclusively on this tour. Dolores’ vocal cord nodule seems to be an old story now as her voice has been particularly good since the beginning of the tour. One may note Russell Burton’s amazing performance on keyboard on the “Interlude” which is an instrumental version of “Shattered” as well as Johanna Cranitch’s (recently hired this year) great back vocals. The Roses Tour is thus going pretty well!

Finally, let’s just mention briefly the topic we’ve been trying to avoid for a while as we don’t want to turn into a tabloid website 😉
Doubt is raising among the fans and people start gossiping about it, so here we go: whether or not our favourite singer has had breast surgery recently, this we do not know, but it does look like her breast’s bigger now when looking at random close up pictures. Keep in mind it does not necessarily imply surgery though, who knows if this is not just all about getting older, gaining a little weight or whatever…

Anyways!

Happy Halloween everyone, and let’s see if the band will surprise us tonight on this special evening as mentioned on an Italian article. (article no longer available)

New greatest hits: “Dreams The Collection”

October 15, 2012  |  9 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

This October Spectrum Audio UK (Universal’s division) will release a new greatest hits compilation from The Cranberries. The CD entitled “Dreams: The Collection features classic The Cranberries hits (Zombie, Linger, Dreams, Salvation, etc.) and some non-single songs (No Need To Argue, Dreaming My Dreams, Daffodil Lament).

Tracklist:

1. Dreams
2. Linger
3. Zombie
4. Ode To My Family
5. I Can’t Be With You
6. Ridiculous Thoughts
7. No Need To Argue
8. Dreaming My Dreams
9. Daffodil Lament
10. Salvation
11. Free To Decide
12. When You’re Gone
13. Hollywood
14. Promises
15. Animal Instinct
16. Just My Imagination
17. You And Me
18. Analyse
19. Time Is Ticking Out
20. This Is The Day

“Dreams: The Collection” is scheduled to be released on October 15 or October 23 according to different retailers. Strangely enough, this release coincides with the start of the new tour and with the 20th anniversary of the single “Dreams.”

Dreams The Collection: front and back covers

Let’s also note that Universal recently re-released “Icon” (another greatest hits compilation) originally released in 2010 but now featuring more songs and different artwork.

Zürich concert changes venue

October 13, 2012  |  Comments Off on Zürich concert changes venue  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ Zürich concert, which was set to take place at the Hallenstadion on November 7th, will change venue. The show will now take place at Volkshaus still on November 7th at 8:00 pm

Zürich’s show now at Volkshaus

Thanks to Schizophrenic Lu for the info.

The Cranberries to record new music after current tour (?)

October 13, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

According to Romanian website RevistaFelicia.ro, The Cranberries are to work on songs for album #7 after a the current European leg of the Roses tour… and record them in Bulgaria.

“I expect a busy schedule until December, then again take a break to focus on the next album. Some of the recordings will take place in a studio in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria.” reported the website (in Romanian).

Earlier this year, Noel said that they had already started to write new songs for the next album.

A closer look at the “Roses Tour” merchandising

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

Here is a closer look at The Cranberries merchandising offered at the venues this year.
All pictures taken at Hammersmith Apollo in London, 1st show of the European tour.

Merch – General view

“Roses Tour 2012” – White Ladies T-Shirt  (“not ladies” also available)

“Rose” Black T-Shirt (Ladies also available) + “Logo” Cap

“Rose” White T-Shirt (Ladies also available) + “Logo” Cap

“Silhouettes and Logo” – Black Hoodie

“Rose” – Mug

“Band photo” – Mug

“London Hammersmith Apollo” – Live 3-CD set

No close-up pictures for now but distinguishable on general view:
– “Roses Tour 2012” White T-Shirt (not ladies)
– “Rose” – Black Ladies T-Shirt
– “Rose” – White Ladies T-Shirt
– “Rose” – Black Tote Bag
– 3 different packs of badges (3 badges each pack)

You can also buy most of this merchandising on The Cranberries Official Webstore by clicking here. (link no longer available)

“Twenty One” relives…

October 6, 2012  |  10 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

At the Madrid show The Cranberries revived “Twenty One”, another long forgotten “No Need to Argue” track for the fans to enjoy!

Twenty One – Madrid 2012

For the first 3 shows of the European leg of the Roses Tour, The Cranberries brought back on each show a track they did not perform in a long time (“No Need to Argue” in London, “Not Sorry” in Barcelona)… for the greatest pleasure of the fans.

“Analyse”, “Animal Instinct”, “How”, “Empty” and “Put Me Down” were also back on the setlist, while “Fire & Soul”, “Dreaming My Dreams” and “Still Can’t…” were out.

Empty – Madrid 2012

Which “oldie” do you think the band will revive next?

Surprising setlist in Barcelona

October 5, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries continued to surprise fans with their setlist tonight in Barcelona. Catalans were up for a treat tonight… after “No Need to Argue” in London Tuesday, the band revived “Not Sorry”, another song which was not played in a long time

“Not Sorry” – Barcelona 2012

The band also included back “Desperate Andy” and “Promises”. There was also some major changes to the setlist order, starting off the night with “Just My Imagination”, “When You’re Gone” and “Losing My Mind”.

The Crans also performed a total of 6 songs from “Roses”, more than on any other show since the release of the album.

Here’s the complete Barcelona setlist:

Just My Imagination
When You’re Gone
Losing My Mind
Linger
Free to Decide
Ordinary Day
Dreaming My Dreams
Tomorrow
Still Can’t…
Desperate Andy
I Can’t Be With You
Animal Instinct Shattered (instrumental)
Conduct
Fire & Soul
Not Sorry
Show Me
Ridiculous Thoughts
Salvation
Zombie
————–
Schizophrenic Playboys
The Journey No Need to Argue
Promises
Dreams

 

Thanks to Fanberries and Albert for the setlist info!

Concert Live re-releases 3 “Reunion Tour” concerts

October 4, 2012  |  Comments Off on Concert Live re-releases 3 “Reunion Tour” concerts  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Concert Live, which brought us live recordings from 9 European venues of the “Reunion Tour 2010”, is releasing 3 remastered Limited Edition 2-CD sets of the London, Paris and Milano concerts. Each set are numbered 1 to 100. You can buy them on the Live Concert website £15 each, £25 for two. (no longer available)

Live 2010 Limited Edition 100 copies

Concert Live also released a 3-CD set of this week’s London show. The Caen (France) concert, which will take place next month, will also get the live treatment. Both shows are/will be available on the Live Concert website for £20 each.

Band changes setlist; Dolores, her hair color!

October 2, 2012  |  4 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries started the European leg of their “Roses Tour” tonight at the Hammersmith Apollo in London with some surprises for fans.

 A newly blond Dolores tonight in London

The show started with the lastest album opener “Conduct”. The band played a total of 5 tracks from the “Roses” album including “Fire & Soul” for the first time ever. Other songs from the album are “Tomorrow”, “Losing My Mind” and “Schizophrenic Playboys”. “Show Me” was included on the setlist next to “The Journey” but for unknown reason was not played.

“Fire & Soul” – London 2012

“Losing My Mind” – London 2012

The greatest surprise of the night was nonetheless than the title track from the second album “No Need to Argue”. The band have not played this song since… a very long time. Let’s hope for more surprises like this along the tour!

“No Need To Argue” – London 2012

Two songs from Dolores’ solo albums were included, “Ordinary Day” and “The Journey”. The Cranberries also played an instrumental version of “Shattered” between “I Can’t Be With You” and “Waltzing Back” as Dolores took time backstage for a wardrobe change.

Concert Live recorded the audio of tonight’s show and sold a 3-CD set on site at the end. For the others, you can buy a 2-CD set directly on their website (the encore will be included on CD2, unlike if you bought it on-site). The band will release a second live audio recording next month (Caen, France).

London setlist:

Conduct
Linger
You And Me
Ordinary Day
Tomorrow
Just My Imagination
Dreaming My Dreams
Still Can’t…
Losing my mind
When You’re Gone
ICBWY
Shattered (Instrumental)
Waltzing back
Fire & Soul
Free To Decide
Schizophrenic Playboys
Ridiculous thoughts
Salvation
Zombie
————
No Need to Argue
The Journey
Dreams

 

Thanks to Fanberries and Stéphane (from Pretty Dolores) for confirmation of the setlist.

Twenty years of “Dreams”

September 29, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries first single, “Dreams”, was released 20 years ago on this day. In celebration of this anniversary, here are some memorable (an less memorable -Dario G, really?!-) versions of this classic.

1991 – Dave Fanning Session

 

1992 – First video version

 

1993 – Second video version

 

1993 – Third video version

 

1994 – Live at London Astoria II

 

1994 – Faye Wong – Dream Lover – Cantonese cover

 

1994 – Live at Woodstock ’94

 

1999 – Beneath The Skin DVD – Paris

 

2000 – Dario G feat. Ingfrid Straumstøyl – Dream to Me

 

2007 – Dolores O’ Riordan solo – acoustic version 

Romanian show gets cool promotion

September 28, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

Here’s some pretty cool video from București (Bucharest), Romania, showing really huge screens with the advertisement of The Cranberries gig which will take place at Romexpo Pavilionul Central on October 11th.

The Cranberries on giant screen in București

If you have any nice banners or other ad for The Cranberries concerts in your city, let us know.

London and Caen shows to be recorded

September 27, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Concert Live, who brought us a series of live CDs in 2010, will offer new recordings of our favorite band this autumn. The London, England (Oct. 2) and Caen, France (Nov. 10) shows will be available at the venue and on the internet afterwards. You can preorder your copy on the Concert Live website.

Each CD-set is priced at £20.00. It will be a 3-CD set if you buy at the venue (3rd CD delivered blank for the encore to burn yourself afterwards) or a 2-CD set if you buy online (encore included on CD 2).

Live 2012 – CD artwork

In 2010, Concert Live and The Cranberries offered fans a series of 9 recordings taken from some European venues of the “Reunion Tour” (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon, Milano, Bercelona, Madrid, Nantes). The Paris show was also released in music stores and on iTunes afterwards while many songs (not all) of the Madrid show were included on this year “Roses Special Edition”.

Let’s hope that the band has a few surprises for theses shows (more songs from Roses, a couple of oldies which have not been played in a long time, a new song, a cover song…) for the fans to have a completely different live-CD experience from the 2010 series.

Beograd show changes venue

September 25, 2012  |  Comments Off on Beograd show changes venue  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ show in Beograd (Belgrade) on December 4th will no longer take place at Beogradska Arena as planned.
According to the arena’s website the show will now take place at the Hala Sportova due to the presentation of the 2012 European Women’s Handball Championship at the Beogradska Arena.

Thanks to Nexberry for the info!

The Cranberries start rehearsing for upcoming tour

September 25, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are in London to rehearse for their upcoming European leg of the “Roses Tour”.
The band will perform its first concert since May at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on October 2nd. They will tour throughout Europe until December 9th.

Rehearsals in London – Photo credit: Noel Hogan Public Facebook

The Cranberries official fan community just reopened

September 22, 2012  |  6 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

Great news for the fans: The Cranberries Official Community site reopened today.
Both the band’s and Dolores’ fan communities closed in June and, according to a spokeperson from the band team, The Cranberries originally planned to use their Facebook page for communication with fans. But it seems like the band members or their management changed their mind and now fans can communicate with each other again using the good old way. Will it last forever… time will tell.
It should be noted that Dolores’ fan community remains closed.

Niall Quinn talks about The Cranberries

September 9, 2012  |  Comments Off on Niall Quinn talks about The Cranberries  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

In an interview on BCR 92.6’s “The Lookout”, Niall Quinn (The Cranberry Saw Us first lead singer) talked about his short time with the band in the late 80’s/early 90’s and how he was accidentally involved with Dolores meeting the 3 boys.

I don’t know who was auditioning who because nobody knew anything about each other. We played some of the songs from what had been The Cranberry Saw Us at that time and she sang a couple of Sinead O’ Connor songs. We were jaw-dropping at her voice, because it was obviously very good.

Niall also talked about his new solo project “Theme Tune Boy”, his former band “The Hitchers” and the music scene in Limerick.

Listen to the interview on the BC Radio’s website (no longer available)
Select September 7th show.
Niall’s interview starts at 27:00

Thanks to Carmen for the info.

Vote for Angus Stone’s cover of “Dreams” now

September 3, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

As reported a few days ago, Guinness Australia is asking you to vote for your favorite Angus Stone cover, “Dreams” by The Cranberries or “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice.

The song with the most votes will be released on Arthur’s Guinness Day (September 28th), one day before Dreams 20th release date anniversary. Let’s try to celebrate this anniversary the Irish way: Listening to “Dreams” with a Guinness!

Will you vote for “Dreams” or “Blower’s Daughter” 🙂

Listen to a short sample on Guinness Australia’s FB and vote for “Dreams” by clicking the like button here.

Arthur’s Day on Guinness Australia’s Facebook

Guinness Australia to release a cover version of “Dreams”

August 30, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

On September 3rd, Guinness Australia will release on Facebook a cover version of The Cranberries first single “Dreams” recorded by Aussie singer Angus Stone.

The Australian artist was commissioned to record covers of two classic Irish tracks (“Dreams” by The Cranberries and “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice) to celebrate Arthur’s (Guinness) Day on September 28th. People will be asked to vote for their favorite cover and whichever song gets the most votes Angus will release and will donate the proceeds of the two songs to SurfAid, a charity helping to improve the health and educational opportunities of people in Indonesia.

Although Angus Stone said to prefer his Damien Rice cover, let’s try to make Dreams win! Results will be revealed on September 28th, one day before Dreams’ 20th release date anniversary. (pure coincidence!)

Check out the Guinness Australia Facebook page on September 3rd for more details.
(link no longer available)

Song of the day: “Won’t Leave No More”

August 26, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s the last day and we end this special week with the latest Mono Band track “Won’t Leave No More” featuring Fin Chambers.

Mono Band – “Won’t Leave No More”

In 2011, Noel brought Mono Band back to life by working on 5 new songs, three of them (“Waking Up all Over”, “Won’t Leave No More”, “Your Broken State”) confirmed to have been recorded with vocalist Fin Chambers. “Won’t Leave No More” was released on a charity compilation entitled “Life Support” in April 2012. “Life Support” is a compilation of exclusive tracks from some of the Ireland’s finest artists in aid of the Pieta House, a suicide and self-harm crisis centre located in Limerick.

Fin Chambers

Fin Chambers is the former lead singer of Irish band Woodstar. In 2005, he contributed two songs with Mono Band: “Release” (Mono Band album) and “She’s So Blue” (a free download track available on Mono Band’s official website at the time).

The CD version of “Life Support” is available on Delphi label while the digital version can be found on Band Camp.

Song of the day: “Black Hair”

August 25, 2012  |  Comments Off on Song of the day: “Black Hair”  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s pick is none other than “Black Hair” featuring Richard Walters.
(OK, this one is kind of an Arkitekt song)

Arkitekt – “Black Hair”

The “Black Hair” demo was first posted as a Mono Band song on the Mono Band MySpace page in February 2006. It was later offered for purchase on Indiestore in June 2006, also as a Mono Band track. The final version, produced by Bernard Butler, was released in October 2007 on Arkitekt’s “Black Hair” EP.

Richard Walters and Noel Hogan

In 2011, Richard Walters released a new version of the track on his second album “Pacing”. Richard Walters was the main Mono Band/Arkitekt contributor over the years. In 2007, Noel and him continued working together under the band name Arkitekt, which was more guitar-oriented and less electronica. Two years later, Walters released his first solo album “The Animal” then “Pacing” in 2011 and the “Young Trees” EP later that same year. Richard is about to release a new album “Regret Less” which is now available as a pre-release on pledgemusic.com.

Song of the day: “Hollow Man”

August 24, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Hollow Man” featuring Nicolas Leroux.

Mono Band – “Hollow Man”

The song, which was also registered to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers database (ASCAP) as “No Crisis Allowed”, is the only Nicolas Leroux track on the Mono Band album, although the French singer and songwriter is known to have work on a second track.

Nicolas Leroux

Nicolas Leroux was the lead singer of French band Overhead, which released “Silent Witness” in 2002. The French vocalist also pursue his singing career as The Fugitive Kind.

“Harder Than You Think” exclusive 40-second audio clip revealed

August 24, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

The mystery is over: here is an exclusive 40-second audio clip of Mono Band’s never-before-heard-of track called “Harder Than You Think” and featuring a brand new collaborator, Evi Vine. The audio clip, kindly offered by Noel himself for Cranberries World’s “Mono Band Week”, is the second of two unreleased tracks which are being revealed to fans for the first time ever!

Note that CW does not have the whole track!

Mono Band – “Harder Than You Think”

Few information about this collaboration have been revealed yet. It is unclear whether this song was part of the 2005 Mono Band album recordings or one of the new track Noel has worked on. (Evi confirmed that the track was recorded “a long time ago”.)

Evi Vine

Evi Vine is a singer/songwriter emerging from the UK’s underground music scene. Her debut album “…And So The Morning Comes” was released in April 2011.

Song of the day: “Miss P”

August 23, 2012  |  Comments Off on Song of the day: “Miss P”  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Miss P” featuring Alexandra Hamnede. The song was produced by Noel Hogan, Matt Vaughan and Stephen Street. Also remixed by Steve Hillier and Ming & FS.

Mono Band – “Miss P”

Swedish singer Alexandra Hamnede co-wrote four songs on the 2005 “Mono Band” album, more than any other artists featured on this album. Throughout her career she has done a considerable amount of studio work, both as a lead and backup singer. She will be featured on one track (“Seriously”) on Afterlife’s new album “The White Island” to be released in September.

Alexandra Hamnede

You can buy the “Run Wild” CD-single (which also features the original version and Steve Hillier mix of “Miss P”) and the “Mono Band” album from the Gohan Records website. Both releases are also available as a digital download on the Gohan Records website and on most iTunes stores. Both remixes of “Miss P” are available on the iTunes version of Mono Band’s “Remixes“album.

Song of the day: “Crazy”

August 22, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Mono Band

In celebration of the “Mono Band Week”, Cranberries World features a Mono Band song every day of this special week. Today’s song is none other than “Crazy” featuring Kate Havnevik.

Mono Band – “Crazy”

The song is one of the highlight of the 2005 “Mono Band” album according to many reviews. A demo version of the song was released as a free download on Kate Havnevik’s website in April 2006. The song was also performed live by Alexandra Hamnede on several Mono Band shows.


Kate Havnevik

Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik performed with acts such as Röyksopp (“Only This Moment”) before releasing her first solo album “Melankton” in 2006. The first part of her follow up album “You” was released earlier this year while the second part is set to hit the stores this autumn.

The 2005 Mono Band album, which features “Crazy” can be ordered on the Gohan Records website. The release is also available as a digital download on the Gohan Records website and on most iTunes stores.

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