Dolores definitely not coming back to “The Voice of Ireland”

August 7, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

According to the article entitled “The Voice could have new a line-up of coaches with none yet signed up for new series” published by the Irish Mirror yesterday, Dolores O’ Riordan is definitely not coming back to the TV show “The Voice of Ireland”.

Well, even if we already had clues about it and even if it still hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, it seems quite clear that Dolores is not returning for another season next year unless producers would like to spring a surprise… with those kind of TV shows you never know!


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2 rare and unreleased new pictures

August 4, 2014  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

Fanberries just added 2 great rare pictures on Facebook, thanks to him for these 2 gems!
First one was taken in Cork Ireland at Sir Henry’s on June 1, 1991 and originally appeared online on Dailyedge.ie’s website inside an article about the legendary venue and some of its memorabilia. It is unclear whether this show is one of the last under the name The Cranberry Saw Us or one of the first (maybe the first) under the name The Cranberry’s.

Dolores and Fergal at Sir Henry’s – June 1, 1991

The second picture is quite recent in comparison. This is not really a picture as it is usually understood but one from the official guestbook of the concert’s venue (Auditorio Nacional) signed by Dolores on September 2, 2007 in Ciudad de México (Mexico City).

Official guestbook – Ciudad de México – Sept.2, 2007

We don’t see that kind of information too often as generally it is not supposed to be public. For example another guestbook we have here on CW comes from the very last show (to this day) of The Cranberries and is signed by all 4 band members.

O’Riordan’s collaborator brain-teases fans

August 3, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Eric Alexandrakis, who is currently collaborating with Dolores O’ Riordan, left a “fill-in-the-blank” message yesterday on Facebook regarding their upcoming music projects:

Alright alright, you’ve twisted our arms. Dolores O’Riordan and I are working on three projects together. One is a ___u__a__ for an ___i_____ _i__, the other is a collab for the __e____, and the third is a _e___ for a multimedia project and traveling exhibit. I hope that clears things up;)

Anyone resolved the puzzle?
Thanks to Litsa for the info.

Sinéad O’Connor to take over Dolores on “The Voice”

July 22, 2014  |  Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor to take over Dolores on “The Voice”  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

As mentioned in most of the main Irish newspapers last week, a source close to Dolores announced that she should not take part to the RTÉ talent contest next year.

Although she was “credited with breathing a fresh lease of life into the show” and said several times that she enjoyed the experience, it seems the lengthy journey back and forth from Canada was a too hard to endure every week.

Let us remind you that the singer is also expected to release a third solo album this winter and probably tour in 2015.

Producers are now casting to find a new judge to replace Dolores, discussing with UK-based stars such as Una Healy or Pixie Lott, though a new name poped up yesterday in the Sunday World as Kathryn Thomas – host of The Voice of Ireland – told journalists that, according to her, “Sinéad O’Connor would be a great replacement for Dolores“.

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As a consequence, The Independent announced this morning that O’Connor “should take over as coach on The Voice of Ireland if Dolores departs as expected“.
Quite a surprising statement as it’s hard to picture “the other Irish singer” doing such a TV show… but who knows!

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Let’s still note that Sinéad O’Connor was rumored several times to seat in the red chair in the past years, which never turned out to happen.

RIP Zombieguide

July 21, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

As some of you may have noticed, last week the most important international and unofficial website from the late 90’s and 2000’s about The Cranberries went definitely offline.

As announced in May by its webmaster Alex Kraus, the website was supposed to go offline early june but for some reason had an extended time until mid-July. Even if the site officially closed in the fall of 2007 it stayed online until last week, enabling fans to keep on checking old pages. Let’s thus hope everyone had enough time to save those precious pages for personal archive or later use.

Anyway now it is gone, so… rest in peace ZG and thank you Alex for all those great years.
Now it’s part of History in The Cranberries world.


The very last ZG homepage

Dolores O’ Riordan to produce Kellie Lewis’ first EP

May 28, 2014  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

As reported previously Dolores O’Riordan is going to help her favorite “The Voice Of Ireland” contestant Kellie Lewis with the recording of her new songs, and now, according to Kellie’s Twitter, we know that Dolores will produce her first EP.

Dolores O’ Riordan to work with Eric Alexandrakis

May 28, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to work with Eric Alexandrakis  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Eric Alexandrakis  is currently working with Dolores O’ Riordan on some new music according to his Facebook new post:

It is still unknown what kind of collaboration will take place between Dolores and Eric. Iis he producing? Is he co-writing new songs? Time will tell…

Eric Alexandrakis is a Greek singer/songwriter/composer/producer living in Miami, FL. According to his bio, he is best known for incorporating “a brand new technology invented by his long time friend, inventor Scott Moskowitz; that technology was digital watermarking […] which is now used by every company in the world that uses any form of digital exchange, from record labels, to film studios, to banks and more“.


Eric Alexandrakis

Eric also worked with Duran Duran’s John Taylor as well as William Shatner, John Malkovich, David Lynch and others. His official bio says that “he recently formed a composing collective, Electrons, which includes collaborations with the likes of Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Blondie, Scissor Sisters), Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) and Warren Cuccurullo (Missing Persons, Duran Duran), and various others“.

Eric had two Top-20 songs in the Adult Contemporary charts, “Stealing Christmas” and “Hear Comes the Snow!” both still available on digital platforms like iTunes.

Erick Alexandrakis – “Here Comes The Snow!”

Exclusive Mono Band T-Shirts on eBay

May 26, 2014  |  Comments Off on Exclusive Mono Band T-Shirts on eBay  |  by Jury  |  Mono Band

Great news for the Mono Band fans: Noel Hogan is selling some pretty cool original Mono Band t-shirts on eBay. (link no longer available)
All size Medium in both men’s and women’s.
If you ever wanted to enlarge your collection of the Cranberries-related t-shirts, here’s your chance! 😉

Mono Band T-Shirts on eBay now!

Source: Noel Hogan’s Tumblr

“Zombieguide.com” to fully go offline in June

May 21, 2014  |  12 Comments  |  by Shannon  |  Other News

Next month, the popular fansite “Zombieguide” will no longer be. Website creator and owner, Alex Kraus, will allow the site, as well as all of its archived content, to go offline in June of this year. The website was a mecca of Cranberries news and information and was home to the most active forums for fans of The Cranberries in the history of the internet.

Most fans and visitors to the website will remember that in September of 2007, “Zombieguide” became inactive when its creator was threatened with legal action by Dolores O’ Riordan’s attorney. Though the website was no longer active after the autumn of 2007, as a result of legal issues, almost all the files remained online in an archived status.

In June of 2014, these archived files will no longer be accessible. Visitors are encouraged to take this opportunity to browse through the catalog of information stored on “Zombieguide.com” before it is removed from the World Wide Web.

You can visit it through the end of May.
You may also read through the forums, also available until the end of May, at http://www.zombieguide.com/forums/

On behalf of all of us at Cranberries World, we would like to thank Alex Kraus for his creation of and years of service to “Zombieguide”.

Dolores to work on Kellie Lewis’ EP

May 5, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores to work on Kellie Lewis’ EP  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

According to a new interview with Kellie Lewis entitled “Kellie and Dolores to work together” published yesterday by the Limerick Leader, Dolores wants to help her favorite “The Voice of Ireland” contestant with the recording of her debut EP.

Dolores now wants to work with me on my original music. That wouldn’t have been possible if I had won, so I am really happy
I feel free at the moment. I feel really lucky. The be-all and end-all was getting to work with Dolores so now getting to work with her even further, after the show has finished, is my dream come true.

Kellie Lewis of Team Dolores took second place in “The Voice of Ireland” final, losing out on the top spot to Brendan McCahey from Team Bressie.

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Fellow Voice of Ireland coach, Jamelia, responds to Dolores’s take on Feminism

April 29, 2014  |  Comments Off on Fellow Voice of Ireland coach, Jamelia, responds to Dolores’s take on Feminism  |  by Shannon  |  The Voice of Ireland

Over the course of her participation in “The Voice of Ireland”, Dolores has been outspoken about her disapproval of the use of “erotic dancing” in some of the performances on the program. Dolores recently told journalist Barry Egan, in an interview for The Independent, that women “should not have to fall prey to the victimization of being some kind of sexual piece of stuff.  We are people and we should have equal rights.

Dolores also criticized fellow “The Voice of Ireland” coach, Jamelia, personally, stating that Jamelia was “intimidated by the beauty” of Team Dolores contestant, and second place finalist, Kellie Lewis.

Jamelia has now publically responded to Dolores’s comments, saying that she disagrees with Dolores’s opinion on feminism.

I think that any woman who chooses to be unashamedly who she is, is a feminist and that goes from a stripper to a nun”, Jamelia was quoted as responding, according to Herald.ie

She went on to explain: “Being a feminist means it’s OK to be my version of a woman and that’s who I am. But everyone’s entitled to their opinion and as you know, we all have very strong ones.


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The differing viewpoints between coaches Jamelia and Dolores created banter that quickly became a hallmark for series three of “The Voice of Ireland”.

Seems that it’s time for Dolores to take a break from The Voice…

April 29, 2014  |  Comments Off on Seems that it’s time for Dolores to take a break from The Voice…  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A new interview entitled “Dolores O’Riordan: I’ve no regrets about The Voice, but I NEED a break” was published today on Sundayworld.com showing that Dolores did overall enjoy her experience on the TV show but is quite happy that it is now reaching an end

She reveals that it was all about doing something different to have a good laugh – which got her closer to Kian Egan with whom she should stay in touch – but in no way to make money nor to promote herself to a new, younger, audience.

She told the Sundayworlds that Kian Egan “is just as bonkers as me and we have the craic. I don’t have the same relationship with Jamelia and Bressie. They would be more stiff than us […] I think I will stay in touch with him but probably not with the other two.

The journalist then explains that Dolores has actually been spending most of the money she received from the production company to commute back and forth between Dublin and her home in rural Ontario. A weekly schedule which she admits was exhausting, hence the fact she was in a hurry “to fly home after the final and not have to worry about saying goodbye to my family within a day or two“.

This article also comes as a confirmation that Dolores was not willing to perform at any time on the set of The Voice: “And, no, I will not be performing at the final. I just don’t want to. I’m not there to sing. I’m there to coach“.

She even confesses that she did not like the idea of having her contestants singing some her songs too much: “One of the girls at one point wanted to sing one of The Cranberries songs but it didn’t work so we dropped it. I don’t really care if they want to do it. But if they are doing to do it, they’ll do it right” she said, laughing.

The article also contains a few anecdotes which we advise you to read…

Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke

April 27, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

In an interview on RTÉ 2fm on April 18th, Dolores O’ Riordan told Nicky Byrne that she is to collaborate with Andy Rourke (The Smiths, Morrissey).

I have written a bunch of new stuff“, told Dolores.

She also told Byrne that she’ll go to Los Angeles to meet some casting agents as she is interested to get some cameos or small roles there. For O’Riordan, her experience on The Voice was to see if she liked doing some TV. And she did.

Dolores also indicated there is no plan for a Cranberries reunion right now. “You know I just did a reunion tour a couple years ago, and then I did another album, Roses. It just started to be predictable again. It’s nice to move on, different shores, different expriences…

Dolores and ex-Westlife member Byrne also remembered about their duet in 2001 at the Vatican Christmas Concert with “Little Drummer Boy”.

You can listen to the interview on our interview section on CW.
Dolores interview starts around 1:36:00 (podcast no longer available)

Dolores: new interview on music industry & The Voice

April 27, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

Seems like Dolores doesn’t choose any journalist to speak about her old demons: Barry Egan just published a new exclusive interview this morning in the “Sunday Independent” (in print and online) entitled “You get to the point where you want to die just to get peace” in which the Limerick woman and her mother Eileen discuss about the music business pressure the singer had to handle in her career back in the 90s.

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It’s one of the first interview of this kind, with Eileen explaining how worried she was for a daughter back then: “I was very worried about her. She was unable to tell me or explain or communicate very well” adding that she once told a prominent music business executive “if anything happens to her, I will kill you.

Dolores then explains: “You get to the point where you want to die [… ] because you think that you’ll get peace when you’re dead and you can’t get any worse than you are”, thus shedding a light on the troubles she went through during the “To The Faithful Departed” era.

Once she concludes “I realise now that life isn’t about money, fame. Actually, all that crap. It’s simply love that’s important“, Dolores then talks about her experience on The Voice of Ireland, again mentioning how Jamelia and her are just the opposite, Jamelia using “sexuality to be heard or to be seen or to get attention” whereas, as a feminist, Dolores feels like they should go against “misogynistic elements” that exist “in the pop industry internationally as well as sexual inequality in Ireland“.


Dolores with her mother Eileen in Bruff, Co. Limerick – Photos: Kyran O’Brien

About “The Final” on TV tonight, Dolores says that she will be surprised if her candidate, Kellie Lewis, doesn’t win. She describes her as “as a kind of a suffragette kind of a woman. She is a feminist. She doesn’t have her boobs hanging out. I love her for that. She has self-esteem and respect. That is good for women.

So good luck to Kellie for this final step!

The Voice experience will be all over tomorrow and Dolores has already booked her flight to Canada on Monday morning…

Last but not least, as a web extra The Independent published a 7+ min. video of the interview. How great!

Dolores and her mother Eileen interviewed by Barry Egan – Web extra video!

A quick report of “The Voice of Ireland” semi-final last weekend

April 23, 2014  |  Comments Off on A quick report of “The Voice of Ireland” semi-final last weekend  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

Last weekend some members of the CW team went to “The Voice of Ireland” semi final.
It was quite an interesting show even if Dolores didn’t perform with her team as all other coaches did on the previous shows. Of course, Kellie being the only one left in the team, it would have been reduced to duet instead of a team performance, but we were secretly hoping that the 2 girls would perform “Zombie” together, which could have been quite enjoyable… well, it didn’t happen and it seems it won’t be happening either next Sunday as some unofficial sources mentioned Dolores should not be performing AT ALL on the show.

As a member of the audience, we can tell that the show was very pleasant to watch, Dolores appeared to be in a great mood and had a killer new look including great new haircut: she shaved her hair on the sides and had red highlights pretty much everywhere. She also had new rings in her ears, which made her look very rock and roll like in 1993. Great great great!!!
She arrived quite late at the Helix as she was suffering of pleurisy (as you probably noticed on TV) but it didn’t affect her good spirit as she seemed quite happy to be here and stole the show like she usually does. Who didn’t like her “I do what I want” pose during a big part of the show? She even clowned around off-camera during commercial breaks and talked to many members of the audience.

Dolores and Bressie clowning around during commercials

Dolores actively supported Kellie all along the show and was the only coach who got up to hug her candidate and wish her good luck before her performance. She also wore a crown of flowers at some point to show her some support, which apparently worked well.
Good karma!

Similarly to the previous season of “The Voice of Ireland”, the last 4 candidates should be meeting their coach in their hometown the week before the final. It seems that this special film report already took place last Monday with Kellie’s family and friends and it should be broadcast during the show next Sunday. It had to be done just before Dolores leaves Ireland to go to New York City where she should be playing a concert tonight with Zucchero.

Last but not least, good luck to Kellie.
The final round shouldn’t be easy. Indeed, it seemed quite clear at The Helix that the fight would be tough against Brendan… unless the under the radar girl Laura May or even the very outsider rocker Jamie steal the crown!

A crown made of roses to support Kellie

Dolores is suffering of pleurisy and was a bit tired

Noel’s collaboration with “Zerova”… and other Noel news

March 22, 2014  |  Comments Off on Noel’s collaboration with “Zerova”… and other Noel news  |  by Jury  |  Mono Band

As reported in January, a few years ago Noel played guitar as a “guest guitarist” on a track by Polish band Zerova. As it turns out, the track is actually called “Józiu”. It is the first single from Zerova’s album “Gombrowicz” which is going to be released this month.
Noel Hogan is credited as

Zerova – “Gombrowicz” CD

Guitar credit for Józiu goes to: Noel Hogan/The Cranberries

Watch full video below:

Zerova – “Józiu”

Also, it looks like Noel is still working on solo project(s). This is what he posted on Tumblr on March 18th:

Last week
It was a busy week, some of the new tracks came back from the vocalists. Really sounding great.
Went to LIT [Limerick Institute of Technology] for and gave a short lecture on Writing/recording.
New tracks for the City Of Culture album have been coming in, some very interesting stuff.

“The Voice of Ireland” – Team Dolores Battles: Recap

March 15, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Voice of Ireland” – Team Dolores Battles: Recap  |  by Jury  |  The Voice of Ireland

The Battle stage of “The Voice of Ireland” is over so here’s a recap of #TeamDolores performances!
The 1st battle was Nella Dwyer Vs. John Hogan Jr. performing “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.
Dolores chose John thanks to his quirky and passionate performance. Unfortunately no other coaches “stole” Nella in spite of her beautiful interpretation and unusual tone.

1st battle: Nella Dwyer Vs. John Hogan Jr

The 2nd battle was a three way battle between Peter Whitford, Anna O’ Hanlon and Thomas Kinney singing “Breakeven” by The Script. This was a very awkward and strange performance (to say the least) as other coaches noted, and Dolores chose Peter even though he had a laryngitis. Anyway, kudos to Anna and Thomas for trying their best singing this quite difficult song!

2nd battle: Peter Whitford Vs. Anna O’ Hanlon Vs. Thomas Kinney

Then a steal happened…
Impressed by her performance of Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”, Dolores stole Emma Walsh from Team Bressie.

Dolores stole Emma Walsh from Team Bressie

The 3rd battle was Sean Sunderland Vs. Mariah Butler performing “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. It was a very powerful and well-rehearsed performance. After some consideration, Dolores decided to go with Mariah who has a really powerful and beautiful voice.

3rd battle: Sean Sunderland Vs. Mariah Butler

The 4th battle was Michelle Revins Vs. Jamie Stanton performing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and… there was standing ovation at the end! Even though both guys performed so well and passionate, Dolores decided to take Michelle because she was the only person to make her cry during her first performance at the Blind Auditions. But good things happened to Jamie, too: he was stolen by Bressie!

4th battle: Michelle Revins Vs. Jamie Stanton

The last and 5th battle featured Kellie Lewis Vs. Pauric McLoughlin performing “True Colours” by Cyndi Lauper. Other coaches noted that the song choice was more suitable for the vocals of Kellie thus making Pauric a little bit uncomfortable singing this “girlish” song. Dolores chose Kellie, but Pauric – thanks to his impressive performance at the Blind Auditions! – was stolen by Kian.

5th battle: Kellie Lewis Vs. Pauric McLoughlin 

The Live shows of “The Voice of Ireland” begin this Sunday! Team Dolores has now 6 contestants:

Mariah Butler
Michelle Revins
Kellie Lewis
John Hogan Jr.
Peter Whitford
Emma Walsh (stolen from Team Bressie)

The first Live show this Sunday will feature Kellie Lewis, Michelle Revins and John Hogan Jr. from Team Dolores as well as other great contestants from other teams. Good luck, guys!

“Zombie” is back on the US iTunes charts

March 15, 2014  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” is back on the US iTunes charts  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

The biggest Cranberries hit, “Zombie”, is back on the iTunes charts… thanks to the US version of the popular talent show “The Voice”.
On the March 3 episode of “The Voice”, one of the contestants, Clarissa Serna, performed “Zombie” during the Blind Auditions.

According to the article entitled “The Voice recap: Clarissa Serna wows with Zombie performance” published by HollywoodLife.com, she “prompted an elusive four-chair turn with her haunting, original take on The Cranberries’ Zombie. Clarissa definitely made a bold song choice — and her risk paid off! Adam [Levine] said her deliciously ’90s performance made him nostalgic and it appeared he wasn’t the only one. Each one of the judges wanted Clarissa on their team, but she ultimately decided to go with her “Latina soul sister” Shakira“.

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As a result, Clarissa Serna’s performance put “Zombie” back on the iTunes charts, with the peak of #33 according to our reader Ben. (Huge thanks to Ben for the heads up!)
An article entitled “The Voice’s Clarissa Serna drives iTunes sales for Zombie” published on Headlineplanet.com is talking about that:

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It’s impossible to watch Clarissa’s performance at “The Voice” as all videos uploaded on the internet are immediately removed for copyright reasons but you can listen to her studio version below:

Clarissa Serna – “Zombie” – Studio Version

Dolores to join Zucchero on stage in New York

February 20, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores to join Zucchero on stage in New York  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O'Riordan

It seems that Dolores O’ Riordan will be joining Zucchero on stage in New York City at the Madison Square Garden on April 23rd. The Italian singer will indeed start his Americana Tour 2014 in March, though it seems only the New York City concert should include some featuring appearances under the name “Zu & Co.”

As usual, Dolores should be performing the song “Pure Love” which features on Zucchero’s album “Zu&Co.” released in 2004.

Zu & Co. – “Pure Love” – London, Royal Albert Hall (2004)

You can buy tickets from Zucchero’s official website.
Special packages are also available for Italian fans by contacting www.francorossoitalia.com via the following email address: concerti@francorossoitalia.com

Special packages advert for “Zu & Co.” in NYC

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #6

February 10, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Tonight was the sixth and very last session of The Voice of Ireland’s Blind Auditions.
For this final round, coaches were expected to complete their team with at least 10 artists to go to the next stage.

With 9 candidates, one could thus think that Dolores wouldn’t hit the button much tonight, which is not what happened as coaches are actually allowed to go up to 12 artists if they want to. Hence the fact that our “talent magnet” fought twice during this show and managed to add 2 candidates to her team.

Peter Whitford was the first talent to get through this round with Dolores.
He actually managed to have all four coaches in a spin by revisiting the Spice Girls’ song “Viva Forever”. Coaches unanimously acclaimed Peter, which, as Bressie mentioned, doesn’t happen too often but was indeed well deserved here, as shown by the standing ovation Kian gave him. They accurately described his performance as unusual due to his rich tone and the uniqueness of his voice.
While Jamelia advised Peter to “maintain his own artistic integrity and make every song his own” as he had just done during the audition, Kian went as far as stating that he was “the best artist on the show this year“.
From her part, Dolores compared the uniqueness of Peter to that of David Bowie (!!!), explaining that his voice was as characteristic of his own alternative sound as he was reminding her ultimately of himself, which is a “massive potential to do something on a global scale“.
Like Jamelia, we thus hope we’ll see Peter go very far into the competition and are VERY happy of his coach choice. Very warm welcome to you, Peter. #TeamDolores

Peter Whitford – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

With a very different genre, Anna O’ Hanlon also seduced Dolores tonight with her lovely cover of “Cry My A River” by Justin Timberlake. Funnily enough Dolores didn’t fight much for the girl at first saying her vocal style was closer to that of Jamelia, which led other coaches to laugh at her saying words like: “that’s Dolores reverse psychology” or “was that a pitch, Dolores?
Dolores eventually argued that joining her team would be a great opportunity for Anna as none of her candidates has a similar voice, she then used a secret weapon “see the ball, be the ball” to make sure she would convince the girl to join her team, bringing her to a total of 11 candidates. Welcome to you, Anna. #TeamDolores

Anna O’ Hanlon – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

So here’s the final list of all #TeamDolores candidates:
Kellie Lewis – Thomas Kinney – Sean Sunderland – Pauric McLoughlin – Mariah Butler – John Hogan Jr – Michelle Revins – Jamie Stanton – Nella Dwyer – Peter Whitford – Anna O’Hanlon

Next round will thus see team members battle against each others in groups of 2 (or 3) by singing the same song. Time to tell us who are your favorites, and who you think will fight against each other 🙂 ….
Let the battles begin!

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #4 and #5

February 3, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #4 and #5  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Dear all,
Sincere apologies for the delay in debriefing last week’s episode (#4) of “The Voice of Ireland”, we’ve been a little scarce lately and thought we should rather kill two birds with one stone tonight by reviewing the last two shows.

It’s fair to say that episodes #4 and #5 were rather centered on other coaches than Dolores as she obviously had the most on her team with 8 talents following the 3rd Blind Audition. Our favorite singer thus didn’t spin her chair much recently, although she did manage to add one candidate to her team at both shows:

Jamie Stanton made it through the 4th Blind Audition with his strong rock male voice which successfully convinced Dolores to turn for him. An interesting choice indeed which we approve here at CW as some of us, rock fans, enjoy the fact that Jamie will hopefully add “some decibels” to the TV show.

Jamie Stanton – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

As for tonight concerning episode #5, Dolores was the only one to turn for Nella Dwyer and her surprising cover of “Best Song Ever” by One Direction. Although one could question the choice of her song, her brilliant “quirky” rendering should make everyone eye-to-eye: Nella’s unique signature thumbprint indeed really is beautiful and interesting.

Nella Dwyer – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Congrats to both of them for joining #TeamDolores
Now, let’s show Dolores’ team is “la crème de la crème” as she rightfully stated!


Let us note that these last two shows saw Team Bressie growing stronger, especially with the notable performance of Brendan McCahey who covered David Bowie’s “Starman”:

Brendan McCahey – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

….as well as our major favorite Sarah Sylvia and her breathtaking performance of “Joga” by Bjork.
Although we do wish Sarah had followed her initial choice by picking Dolores (if ever you read this Sarah, what the hell crossed your mind ahah?) we do think the girl deserves a big shout-out on here as her blind audition will probably remain as one of the most mind-blowing of this whole season. Have a look:

Sarah Sylvia – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #3

January 20, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Episode #3 of “The Voice of Ireland” is now over and it appears pretty clearly that, once again, Dolores’ team is possibly the strongest.

Dolores only turned her chair around twice this evening and managed to convince both John Hogan Jr. and Michelle Revins to join her team following their stunning performance. Have a look below:

John Hogan Jr – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Michelle Revins – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

If John Hogan Jr. was unanimously applauded by the four coaches as well as the audience for his very original performance of one of his own song “Little Boy Blue”, Michelle Revins managed to catch Dolores & Kian’s attention with her dark and fascinating cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails, which made our fav coach quite emotional.

Dolores even gave a special interview during the show to describe how moved she was by Michelle’s “raw” and “beautiful” performance.
She told the girl “I felt like you actually took your hand and you put it into my chest and you pulled my heart out […] it’s so hard to express that raw pain, but you did and it was just really beautiful, raw pain that you have to experience to be able to express“.

We do hope Michelle is going to make it as far as possible in the show as we, at Cranberries World, were lucky enough to attend her blind audition and were totally blown away by the emotion she conveyed.

To come back to Dolores, she was the trending topic of tonight’s show with everyone discussing her characteristic hand movements which led Kian to wonder whether she was casting spells or not.
Her style seems to fascinate everyone as much as the TV show launched a new expression to describe Dolores’ catchy moments: #Doloresisms and even made a video about that:

#Doloresisms – “The Voice of Ireland”

This comes as a confirmation that the new coach really is on her way to becoming the darling of the public.

Third solo album: 15 tracks done & ready to record…

January 13, 2014  |  2 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A new interview entitled “Dolores O’Riordan: I’m doing The Voice because my 16 year-old son suggested it” was published today by The Independent. And title says it all. It’s pretty clear that Dolores is having quite a good laugh while working on the show as she says she’s sharing great moments with Bressie and Kian.

More strikingly, the interview sheds a light on the progress of her work on a possible third solo album. Indeed, we learn that she’s already got a bunch of new tracks and is ready to go into the process of recording:

I’ve about 15 new track done and I’m probably going to head over to Los Angeles this month and see what’s on offer.
 

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #2

January 13, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

A late debriefing on last night’s second session of Blind Auditions.
Seems that the coaches are getting a little tougher as many more contestants left empty-handed on this second night of “The Voice of Ireland”. Six of them managed to have coaches turning their chair around though, among whom Pauric McLoughlin and Mariah Butler went to #TeamDolores. Have a look:

Pauric McLoughlin – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Maria Butler – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

This week saw coaches fighting quite hard to convince candidates to pick them, especially for Mariah whose country vocals unanimously impressed the coaches (and the audience as well) with her rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. Dolores and Jamelia had to argue over who would be the best coach for her and who knew country music better so to show the young girl who was worthy of being her coach.

Mariah’s choice (who had initially told her friend she would like to join Team Jamelia) shows that Dolores keeps on imposing herself as the “talents magnet” of the show.
It appears that our favorite singer is also growing in popularity among the audience as she’s about to get the highest share of likes with her team on the official website.
Let’s all keep on supporting #TeamDolores

The Teams – Statistics

Last but not least, for those of you who’d like to attend some of the Live Shows in March & April, note that tickets are now on sale on The Helix website.

Focus on Kellie Lewis: Dolores’ reincarnation (?)

January 10, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

As you might know, last Sunday’s show saw Dolores O’Riordan convince three candidates of “The Voice of Ireland” to join her team: Kellie Lewis, Sean Sunderland and Thomas Kinney indeed chose our favorite singer to be their coach.

If the performance of the three of them was noticeably good, it seems Kelly Lewis is well on the road to become the favorite of the audience, according to the number of views she got with her stunning performance of “Running Up That Hill” (by Kate Bush) at her Blind Audition on YouTube.

Kellie Lewis – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

But that’s not all: it seems Kellie has managed to have Dolores be won over by her talent!
In the below RTÉ One interview at New Year’s Eve concert in Limerick a few days ago, Dolores was asked if she had found some talents and answered “there’s a Limerick girl, and she’s like my reincarnation” explaining that Kellie is really cool and actually got her inspiration from The Cranberries who she started to listen when she was 8.

Interview – NYE Concert 2013 (Limerick)

From her part, Kellie posted on Facebook a photo taken backstage during the Battles rehearsals featuring a very Rock n’ Roll Dolores with red highlights in her hair. Rock n’ Roll pose as well…

Kellie wrote: “On my 21st birthday, Dolores O’Riordan was coaching me through my battle song. She made my day so perfect, I actually got to spend my birthday with my musical idol. To top it off, Dolores gave me a pair of her own designer heels and a card, balloons the whole lot. There were tears and hugs! Thank you Queen D!  xxx

Dolores and Kellie – The number of the beast!

It really looks like these two are getting along well!

We strongly encourage you to follow this talented girl (especially if there are some Florence + The Machine fans among you cause she really reminds us of Ms Welch 😉 )  as she could well become the new Voice of Ireland.

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #1

January 6, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

The first session of the Blind Auditions is over and it’s pretty clear that Dolores O’ Riordan is a great addition to the show. The Irish Mirror, in an article entitled “Dolores is the real deal“, goes as far as saying that her Team is obviously going to win as her experience will enable her to accompany her talents the way everyone expect coaches to.

irishmirror.ie

One could easily notice by watching this first 1h30 series that Dolores is very picky, and most of the time she turns around the chair, she manages to have the contestant gravitate towards her without begging them to come to her team.

With 3 contestants #TeamDolores is now in pole position: Kellie, Thomas and Sean indeed chose our favourite singer as their coach. Watch their blind audition below:

Thomas Kinney – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Kellie Lewis – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Sean Sunderland – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

RTÉ announced some exclusive videos should be posted on their official YouTube channel in the upcoming days. Also, we strongly encourage to have a look at their Instagram account where they post backstage pictures of the show.

Feel free to let us know what you thought about this first episode and Dolores as a coach.
Note that you can also join us every Sunday on our Facebook page to discuss the show on live and share your feelings with other fans. Keep on supporting #TeamDolores by giving it a like on this page, she’s now doing better than #TeamJamelia

In the red chair during the show

Dolores during a pre-recorded interview for the show

“The Voice of Ireland” to premiere this Sunday

January 5, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Voice of Ireland” to premiere this Sunday  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

This is the day!
Lot of things to say…

As you might all know now, the “Blind Auditions” of “The Voice of Ireland” which were recorded from October 18th to 20th will be broadcast on Irish TV “RTÉ ONE” tonight at 6:30 PM (Irish time) and every Sunday until February 9th.
The four following shows (Feb 16th to March 9th) will be dedicated to the “Battles” phase and 7 “Live Shows” will follow after that (March 16th to April 27th).

Numerous articles can be found on the internet and in the press announcing the return of the third seasons of the TV show, and it seems Dolores is likely to become the audience’s favourite coach.
The Sun wrote “newbie Dolores O’Riordan is already riling up her rival coaches — because she keeps landing the TOP acts“.

While Jamelia told Contactmusic that “Bressie Kian and I are a bit scared of Dolores” & Bressie explained “I am quite intimidated by her and her history“. Dolores indeed likes to remind other coaches during the show that she toured worldwide and sold 45 million records.

contactmusic.com

Digging articles on the Internet, we also learn that the presenter of the show, Kathryn Thomas, used to be such a fan of The Cranberries that she once asked her granny to drive to Dolores’ house in order to get a chance to catch a glimpse of the singer.
She adds “I was quite star-struck when I first met Dolores because I was such a big fan. But she’s lovely and such a sweet person […] Jamelia wasn’t intimidated at all and Kian had met her. So it was Bressie and me trying to play it cool around her“.

herald.ie

Also, some great photos appeared in the last days, most of them in HQ.
3 photos are for the official promo and 3 others were taken during a video interview to be seen possibly in tonight’s VOI episode.

Promo pic.1

Promo pic.2

Promo pic.3

Dolores interviewed for the show

Here’s a couple of photos that some CW team members took a few days ago in Dublin.
Those “The Voice of Ireland” billboards are EVERYWHERE in the city.
Great!

Billboard – The Voice of Ireland

Another billboard near Dublin’s Spire

Now watch the last video posted on the official YouTube of the TV show announcing the first day of the Series 3:

Backstage at the Blind Auditions – First day – “The Voice of Ireland”

And last but not least, we haven’t found any live stream to watch the show live outside of Ireland yet. If you do, please feel free to post the link as a comment because it seems we won’t be able to watch it on http://www.rte.ie/player/it/live/8/ without an Irish IP… but we trust it’ll be available to download as a torrent rather quickly after the broadcast. Also keep in mind that the TV show will post some exclusive videos on their YouTube every week!

… and don’t forget to support #teamdolores by giving it a like on this page!!!

Dolores in Limerick: interviews and rehearsal

January 1, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores in Limerick: interviews and rehearsal  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O'Riordan

During her time in Limerick Dolores did some interviews for Irish TV. Dolores spoke about her hometown and her participation in “The Voice Of Ireland” show which is going to be premiered on January 5, 2014

The first interview was recorded yesterday early afternoon and broadcast just a couple of hours after on RTE News. TV report also includes images of Dolores rehearsing with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Second interview was recorded later on the evening backstage at NYE show.

RTÉ News – TV report

Interview – Backstage at NYE Concert

Dolores rehearsing yesterday in Limerick with the ICO before the NYE concert

Happy New Year everyone!

Live from Limerick City of Culture’s New Year Eve

December 31, 2013  |  Comments Off on Live from Limerick City of Culture’s New Year Eve  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Hi there,
Here is what the NYE concert stage looks like. Pretty small place!
Photos are from yesterday evening when stage was still being built.

The stage is located on Merchant’s Quay, a place surrounded by Church, Cemetery and City Hall.
Great place for sure!
Dolores should play tonight at 9:00 PM and we will try our best to live tweet from the event.
Keep in mind the concert will be broadcast on Irish TV RTÉ at 10:15 PM and thus Dolores’ show won’t be broadcast live.

Dolores in the free magazine of the city simply entitled “Limerick”

Flyer

As you can see on flyer, the Limerick radio live95fm is partnership to the event so the show may be broadcast on this radio, just a possibility, no exact info about that right now.
More soon…

Dolores to perform with the Irish Chamber Orchestra tomorrow

December 30, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’ Riordan will join the “Irish Chamber Orchestra” tomorrow December 31st for a special New Year’s Eve celebration in Limerick.


NYE poster (part of)

The Cranberries lead singer is set to play as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations. The show starts at 8:30 (Limerick time zone) and will be broadcast on Irish TV RTÉ. Dolores will perform some of The Cranberries greatest hits in an orchestra version. Quite exciting!

Fans still remember her exciting rendition of “Zombie” in 2011 with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra or the swing version of “Linger” at Concerto di Natale in 2005.

“Zombie” with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra – Warszawa 2011

Concerto di Natale to be broadcast this evening

December 24, 2013  |  4 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Remember that tonight is the broadcast of “Concerto di Natale” on TV.
The show was recorded last december 7th in Roma, Italy.
The show will be aired from 9:00 PM to midnight (local time) on Italian TV “Rai Due”.
For those of you who are not in Italy you may know that many international TV’s are partners with the event and they will broadcast the show as well.
Here is a complete list of the TV/Radio stations:

Foxtel – Australia
Phoenix Satellite TV – Hong Kong
OMNI Television – Canada
TV2 Norway – Norway
TVE – Spain
Via Film LTD – UK
Carlo Insert Ltd – Sri Lanka
ESB Educational – South Korea
VRT – Belgium
Eurokim – Bulgaria, Rep.Ceca, Romania, Croatia
Slovenska Televizna – Slovenia
RLT – Lituania
TVN – Poland
Cyprus Broadcasting – Cyprus
Tara TV – Ireland
KBC – Kenya
LBC – Lebanon
Mauritius Broadcasting – Mauritius
PT – Indosar Visual Mandiri – Indonesia

Check your TV guide for exact hours of broadcast!

And for those of you who don’t have access to any of those channels here is an internet link which should work for most of us worldwide:

Click HERE for Rai Due streaming (link no longer available)

Last, the CW team would like to wish all the readers and fans a Merry Christmas.

First teaser of “The Voice of Ireland”

December 24, 2013  |  Comments Off on First teaser of “The Voice of Ireland”  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

A video teaser with Dolores has recently appeared on Irish TV RTÉ.

“The Voice of Ireland” – Teaser

Thanks to Henggo for noticing.

New Dolores interview by Barry Egan in The Independent

December 23, 2013  |  Comments Off on New Dolores interview by Barry Egan in The Independent  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Since her last interview with Barry Egan last november in which she confessed she was sexually abused as a child, Dolores have been entering a healing process which she explains in a new interview in The Independent entitled “Dolores O’Riordan: rock star and truth-seeker

Invited to join her in Roma, Italy three weeks ago where she performed at “Concerto di Natale”, Barry Egan thus discussed this relief with her:

It does feel good to have that off the shoulders.
You can dwell on negative stuff in the past too much and then you will never grow and you will never evolve and you never embrace the future, or life. So as soon as you can you have to learn to let it go and put it in that box or whatever.
I’m in a place of great happiness. I’ve never been happier or as calm or contented in my life.

Dolores also explains she decided not to go for a therapy as “sometimes that therapy erases the memory too much… erasing the ability to write.

In Roma where she performed for “Concerto di Natale” – Photo:  Alessandro Penso

The interviews then goes on with what has enabled her to move forward with her life, with a focus on her religious reawakening as well as on her family.
Indeed, she tells Barry how Don, her husband, has always been a great support for her, bringing her joie de vivre since they first met.

He is devoted to me and I am devoted to him.
I think he is very paternal. He really has a protective thing about him. I like that. I couldn’t really do the baby thing. You know the way some men like to be babied? And they want their wife to be their mother figure? I couldn’t do that.

A wonderful interview which enables us to understand how the Rock Star has finally managed to make a happy life for herself despite the hard roads she has travelled along.

The singer is now spending Christmas with her family in Canada and, as opposed to what was stated in the Concerto di Natale program, is not expecting any new baby but is looking forward to having grandbabies in a (near?) future.

Dolores was visiting the Vatican to meet the Pope – Photo: Alessandro Penso

The Battles of “The Voice of Ireland” in a nutshell

December 22, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Better late than never, a few words on what happened last Sunday and Monday at “The Voice of Ireland”.

The coaches: Dolores, Kian, Bressie, Jamelia

According to fans who attended the shooting, it seems Dolores is still having fun taking part to this show. Although she’s the one giving candidates the most professional advices, she’s also doing many jokes which the audience seems to appreciate a lot.

Kathryn Thomas, the host of the show, told The Independent in an article entitled “Kathryn Thomas planning a family Christmas… but without her new squeeze, Padraig” that “[Dolores] loves the audience. She has had to be reminded of the rules of the show which is pretty funny“.

In another article entitled  “I’ve lost touch with The Voice winner Keith Hanley admits Jamelia“, another coach, Jamelia (who won competition last year), explained that Dolores was a great addition: “[she] is wicked. She is as mad as a box of frogs“.

As usual during the Battle phase, each team is mentored and developed by their coach plus an adviser. Dolores’ advisor is Fiachna Ó Braonáin from the band “Hothouse Flowers, a quite famous Irish band for whom The Cranberries opened shows in 1993.

Bressie, Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Dolores’ advisor), Dolores

3 coaches wand their advisors

Last but not least, from what fans reported, Dolores said that hopefully a third album would be released, though she stated she wouldn’t tour before 2015.

We strongly advice to watch the show which will air starting from January 6th on RTÉ One, every sunday 6:30 PM. Dolores really is as Rock n’ Roll at “The Voice of Ireland” as she can be on stage.
For those who can’t access to Irish TV’s, some videos will be available on the official website of the show: http://www.rte.ie/blogs/thevoice/videos/

Thanks to Cristy PS for the pics as well as Cranberries Greece

DOLORES SUPPORT CAMPAIGN: 1 DAY TO GO…

December 13, 2013  |  Comments Off on DOLORES SUPPORT CAMPAIGN: 1 DAY TO GO…  |  by Camille  |  Other News

Dear all,
Thank you so much for your contributions, we managed to gather 42% of the required amount to pay for the advert, which was really of help for us.
It seems Fundrazr allows us to keep the campaign alive for a little while, so those who want to take part in the fundraising effort can still donate money for a few days!

As for the messages, we’ll keep on posting those we receive until Saturday – 11:59 PM (GMT) so feel free to send yours to supportdolores (at) cranberriesworld.com along with your name/username and country.
If you don’t get any confirmation from us to tell your message will be posted, please do send your email again as we do answer everyone!

We’re very happy so many countries are represented, people from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay and the USA sent their support messages to Dolores.

This really is heartwarming!
Well done, guys!

“Concerto di Natale”: photos & videos

December 11, 2013  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Concerto di Natale” posted on Facebook something like 900+ photos (some of them HQ) of the event.
Below a selection of some of the best ones featuring Dolores taken during rehearsals and backstage (in leather suit) then during the show (different suit).

Also to notice, Paolo from the website Cranberries Italia (cranberriesitalia.it) who attended the show posted his own review along with some beautiful photos which you can find at the bottom of this page. (link no longer available)

And last but not least, videos of Dolores’ performance are now available on YouTube, thanks to Irishsoul! (videos no longer available)

Ciao!

SUPPORT DOLORES CAMPAIGN: THIS IS HAPPENING!

December 9, 2013  |  Comments Off on SUPPORT DOLORES CAMPAIGN: THIS IS HAPPENING!  |  by Camille  |  Other News

Dear ‘berries fans,
We’re very pleased to tell you that the advert WILL be published in the LIFE magazine this Sunday. The CW Team paid the required amount to make it happen.
Those who are willing to support our effort still have 3 days to help us by giving money on Fundrazr.

What matters most, now, is to gather as many messages as possible to encourage Dolores.
Send your support messages to supportdolores (at) cranberriesworld.com, don’t forget to include your name or username and country. They will then be published at this address:
http://cranberriesworld.com/supportdolores.

We’re giving you until SATURDAY 14TH, 11:59 PM (GMT) to send your messages!
It’s time to give back, peeps!

“Life” front cover

Dolores sang for the Pope tonight at “Concerto di Natale”

December 7, 2013  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Earlier tonight was the recording of “Concerto di Natale” in Roma, Italy which will be broadcast on Italian TV on december 24th. This is the 5th time Dolores O’ Riordan is coming to this show. Her previous appearances were in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

This year Dolores sang 4 songs:

  • Letting Go (performed live for the 1st time ever & with different lyrics according to fan Schizophrenic Lu)
  • Silent Night (duet with Elisa Toffoli)
  • Away In A Manger
  • Happy Xmas, War Is Over (All Artists together as final)

“Silent Night”, “Away In A Manger” and “Happy Xmas, War Is Over” were already performed by Dolores at some other “Concerto di Natale” through the years, so we can’t wait to see what the 2013 versions sound like.

The new Pope, Pope Franciscus, was in the audience as he is spending his first Christmas in Vatican after being elected last March. Seeing a Pope at the show hasn’t happened in quite a long time as the last Pope, Pope Benedictus Sextus Decimus didn’t like the “Concerto di Natale” very much and we have to go back to Pope Ioannes Paulus II to see a Pope attending the event.
This time again, Dolores had a special audience with the Pontiff earlier this week. Let’s remember she met Pope Ioannes Paulus II in 2001 and 2002.

“Concerto di Natale” banner – Photo: Schizophrenic Lu

SUPPORT DOLORES CAMPAIGN: TIME IS TICKING OUT

December 6, 2013  |  Comments Off on SUPPORT DOLORES CAMPAIGN: TIME IS TICKING OUT  |  by Camille  |  Other News

TIME IS TICKING OUT, GUYS!

It’s time to encourage Dolores, we’ve got 1 WEEK LEFT to act.

Send your support messages to supportdolores (at) cranberriesworld.com and tell her how important she is to you. Even a few words can be significant and will be much appreciated.
For those who are struggling with English, you can still write messages in your own language (they won’t be translated though), your contribution will still be important.

You can also contribute by giving money via Fundrazr if you want to help us buying the advert.
Let us recall you that you’re very welcome to send a message to Dolores even if you’re not contributing to the fund-raising effort!

Remember, this is your one and only opportunity to answer her call in the LIFE magazine and do something for her.
300 of you liked our post about the campaign, we should thus be able to make it all together!

Your idol is reaching out for help.
Are YOU listening to DOLORES?

PS: To all the loyal Italian fans who might be able to  have a talk with her in the upcoming days, please try not to mention it as it’d be better to let her find out by herself, cheers!

In it together 🙂

The Cranberries are still making profits

December 5, 2013  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries are still making profits  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

For those who might have doubts, an article entitled “New album comes up ‘Roses’ for The Cranberries as profits jump to €320k” and published in the Irish Examiner today reveals The Cranberries are still making money as a band.

The article is interesting but quite technical as the journalist Gordon Deegan gives fairly precise figures earned by the band’s Curtain Call Ltd in 2012, a year boosted by the album “Roses”. All four members have a 25% shareholding in Curtain Call Ltd.
Even if the revenues are not in million(s) anymore probably due to the crisis in the music industry these last years (but which artist is not impacted!) this is still a good news.

Dolores has arrived in Italy to perform at “Concerto di Natale”

December 4, 2013  |  Comments Off on Dolores has arrived in Italy to perform at “Concerto di Natale”  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores was spotted in Italy today where she’s due to perform at “Concerto di Natale” this Saturday. The photo below was taken in Città del Vaticano (Vatican City).

Dolores in Vatican City (near Rome)

An old demo recording from Noel Hogan surfaces

December 4, 2013  |  Comments Off on An old demo recording from Noel Hogan surfaces  |  by Jury  |  Mono Band

Guitarist Noel Hogan has shared his old demo recording from 2006: a song called “Roads”.
You can listen to it on Noel Hogan Production’s Soundcloud by clicking this link. (link no longer available)

The song has vocals from a long-time Noel’s collaborator, Richard Walters, and most likely was recorded for the Arkitekt project which started to take shape at that time.

It remains unclear whether this song will see the light of day or not.

Dolores O’ Riordan to sing a duet at “Concerto di Natale”

November 28, 2013  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to sing a duet at “Concerto di Natale”  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The Italian singer Elisa Toffoli just announced on Twitter that she will be singing a duet with Dolores O’ Riordan in Roma for the “Concerto di Natale” this December 7th.

 

Elisa parteciperà al “Concerto di Natale” il 7 dicembre all’Auditorium Conciliazione di Roma. Vi segnaliamo il duetto con Dolores O’ Riordan

 

Translation: Elisa will be attending the “Concerto di Natale” on December 7th at Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma. We point out the duet with Dolores O ‘Riordan

 


Elisa Toffoli / Dolores

Thanks to Irishsoul and Fanberries for the news and picture.

A GLOBAL FAN CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT DOLORES

November 25, 2013  |  Comments Off on A GLOBAL FAN CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT DOLORES  |  by Camille  |  Other News

Dear Cranberries fans,

As a community, we are bound by the same passion towards Dolores O’ Riordan because her songs are our inspiration. They have provided the soundtrack to our lives. Through good times and bad they have given us something to hold on to and helped make us stronger people.

Today is the day we have to tell Dolores how much we value this and how important she is to us!

Indeed, many of us were moved by Dolores recent expose in the major Irish newspaper “Sunday Independent” where she gave a very intimate interview with the journalist Barry Egan of that paper’s “LIFE” magazine, revealing she was sexually abused as a child.
Following this publication, numerous fans expressed a desire to show their solidarity, especially as Dolores stated « if I tell my fans that this happened to me and they still love me, that’s going to make me feel good about myself ».
Our idol is reaching out for help. This is therefore the time to tell her that our love is unconditional and will never fade.

To make this happen the Cranberries World team has decided to launch a global support project:

In partnership with the Sunday Independent’s LIFE, we’re going to publish the following half page advert in the magazine on December 15th so as to answer Dolores via the same means she herself used to confess her most intimate secrets. We believe that by acting this way, we will be demonstrating to Dolores how much we love and respect her no matter what has happened in her past.
Please note that we can guarantee Dolores will be provided with a copy of the magazine.

How can you contribute to this project?

First, you can encourage Dolores and express your love by sending your support messages together with your name/username and your country to supportdolores [at] cranberriesworld.com. Collective messages are also welcome. Please don’t be shy, show her that her revelation will in no way affect our respect or feelings towards her.
We will then publish all of your messages on http://cranberriesworld.com/supportdolores in order to show Dolores that fans from all over the world are supporting her.

Secondly, we’re asking help from all of you to finance that advert as we need to raise €2,500 for a half page in “LIFE” magazine (27x14cm). We believe this opportunity is unique, and we can only make it happen if we all contribute. Let’s tell the Irish people and the entire world that The Cranberries fans are passionate and devoted. Let’s show them how strong we are when it comes to supporting the woman who gives us so much. You can donate via the donations platform FundRazr which accepts secure payments with PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and other cards.

 

We’ve got less than 3 weeks to act, deadline for messages and fundraising is December 13th!

Thank you to all those who have supported us thus far and those who plan to support us in the near future. We know your support will be of great encouragement to Dolores and help her move forward with her life.
Thank you as well to photographer Mattia Sarzi Madidini who allowed us to use his wonderful picture of Dolores for the ad.

We’d also like to give a big shout out to Barry Egan and Eoin Healy of The Independent for the confidence and trust they have placed in us so that our ambitious project may see the light of day.

Last but not least, spread the word! Tell your Cranberries mates about our campaign.
Let’s make it huge and important, for us the fans and for Dolores.
Let’s keep the love alive.
Thank you.

Noel Hogan to give an award for charity auction (UPDATED)

November 23, 2013  |  Comments Off on Noel Hogan to give an award for charity auction (UPDATED)  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday Noel Hogan informed us on Tumblr that he was giving one of his personal award for charity auction with no more explanation.
We do not know where this “To The Faithful Departed” Argentinian Gold Award will be auctioned, let’s hope we’ll get a clue soon for those who’d like to get their hands on such a pretty rare item.


Disco de oro presented to Noel Hogan –  Argentina


UPDATE – FEBRUARY 4

The award is actually on eBay. (link no longer available)

The Burtons to return to Canada

November 16, 2013  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

In an online article entitled “Cranberries star Dolores to linger in Canada”, the “Irish Daily Star” revealed that Dolores O’ Riordan and husband Don Burton were to come back to Canada.

As you might remember, the singer and her family had decided to move back to Ireland this summer and rented a house near Dublin for a trial period but it seems her children are homesick and want to go back to Toronto.

We can thus imagine that Dolores will probably not take part in the fourth series of The Voice of Ireland next year (2014-2015).

(The “Irish Daily Star” article is no longer available)


UPDATE – NOVEMBER 18

According to the Independent.ie article published today, the journalist Barry Egan confirms the Burton family has already left to Canada explaining that Dolores & Don, their children, as well as their two dogs took a plane last Tuesday. Dolores has already planned to be back in Dublin mid-December for The Voice Battles.

It was too built up for us. Too many people and cars and it felt like being in a box
[…]
We missed the wilderness. You get used to the great outdoors.
[…]
From my window at home in Canada with the heavy snow on the trees, I can see people fishing through the ice. Doesn’t that sound enticing?
[…]
I’m looking forward to peaceful silence at last!

Dolores O’ Riordan to headline New Year’s Eve concert in Limerick

November 14, 2013  |  6 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan, Mono Band, The Cranberries

Limerick will definitely be the place to be in 2014!
The Irish city is indeed officially declared “National City of Culture” for the whole next year.

If you read Noel Hogan’s messages on Tumblr,  you may have already seen his recent posts about the “Limerick City of Culture 2014” and followed his collaborative production projects for the town.

And here comes the next step today, the Limerick Leader just announced that Dolores O’ Riordan will be performing at the first ever New Year’s Eve concert to take place in Limerick. Something quite obvious when we all know that The Cranberries are still the biggest hometown band to this day!

Immediate notice: why Dolores solo and not The Cranberries?
No answer to that yet, anyways…

If you’d like to go to the show, tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Friday) on Ticketmaster.
A crowd of up to 2,800 people will packed into Merchant’s Quay in front of City Hall for the ticket only gig.

Dolores will be joined by the Irish Chamber Orchestra for an “exclusive worldwide performance” to open Limerick’s stint as National City of Culture. Other artists are planned and names will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The show will be broadcast on Irish TV RTÉ.

Dolores praised for her courage

November 11, 2013  |  Comments Off on Dolores praised for her courage  |  by Jury  |  Other News

A new article today by the Irish Independent featuring an interview with Ellen O’ Malley-Dunlop (CEO of the Irish Rape Crisis Centre) praising Dolores O’ Riordan for her “tremendous courage” in speaking out about the childhood sexual abuse she suffered. Ms Malley-Dunlop thinks that Dolores’ admission would inspire countless victims to seek help around the country.

I think she’s shown tremendous courage and great generosity in speaking out, because when people like her talk about the terrible trauma inflicted upon them, it encourages others to come forward.

 

It is one of the most horrific crimes in our society and all the things Dolores said – like feeling ashamed, the aftermath of the trauma on her life, the lack of self-worth, the anorexia and the suicidal thoughts – they are all common feelings.

 

They are feelings that people have who have not been able to talk about the awful experiences they endured and it is never, ever the victim’s fault, particularly a child victim who is groomed.

BREAKING NEWS: Dolores sexually abused as a child

November 10, 2013  |  7 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O'Riordan

As we all noticed recently, since Dolores O’ Riordan has been taking part to the reality television singing competition “The Voice of Ireland”, Irish medias keep on digging information about her.

After revealing that she was about to launch court action against Noel Hogan about two weeks ago, the Independent.ie (as well as Irish Mirror) shed a light today on her childhood in a most unexpected interview in which she confesses that she was sexually abused as a child.

The full interview will be available in a few hours this Sunday (it’s almost 3:00 AM Irish Time right now) in the Sunday Independent’s Life Magazine. The ePaper version can already be downloaded for €2.80


Dolores on the front cover of “LIFE”

This is obviously the first time Dolores explicitly mentions such a fact:
Even though she had already spoken about the trauma she suffered from during her relationship with Mike Mahoney, the abuse she recently spoke of “started when she was 8 and continued until she was 12“, which shows this has nothing to do with the physical violence her domineering boyfriend used to impose on her.

Regarding from what we understand of the song “In The Garden off the album “Are You Listening?” released in 2007, it seems that Dolores had tried to speak indirectly about what she calls her “little dirty secret” before. Indeed, back in 2007, some of us, fans, analysed the lyrics and suggested the following lines could refer to some of her childhood memories which pointed to such a possibility:

I see her playing in the garden
I was once like her, you did this to me
I don’t remember, when this offence begun
I don’t remember, I can’t undo what’s done

The theory could never be confirmed, even though the song “Skeleton” off the album “No Baggage” released in 2009 provided more clues with lines such as:

I tried to face it
I can’t erase it
So I must face it
I must embrace it
[…]
I have wasted my time
Dwelling in the shadows from the past
[…]
In the corner of the room
I tried to face it

It seems that Dolores has been pondering over what she considers as a “skeleton” a lot recently, hence the revelation that came today. Indeed, she explains she hadn’t seen her abuser for years until she saw him at the funeral of her father two years ago, which brought back the demons of the past as she was about to start a new tour. Dolores then emphasizes the depression she went through on the 2012 world tour, saying “I worried that I might not make it through it“, some facts that created a special atmosphere at these gigs that some of us, fans, could unfortunately feel.

By opening up to her fans via this interview, Dolores hopes that she’ll be released from this trauma, hence the necessity to speak about it and justify some of the songs she wrote in order to heal and move forward.

Dolores O’ Riordan working on a 3rd solo album, new clue!

November 8, 2013  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A new homepage appeared today on the official website of the Concerto di Natale and it now includes a brief biography of Dolores. The big surprise comes from the very last line where it says she is “currently working on her long-awaited third solo album slated for 2014“.

Last month we reported the interview of Marco Mendoza where he revealed that he was working with Dolores and that there were some songs done but couldn’t really say if it was for an album, a movie or anything else. Cranberries World suggested that those songs could be for a 3rd solo album for the reasons we exposed (please re-read) and today this new small biography for the Concerto di Natale seems to go in our way even revealing that the album is for 2014!

Wait and see!


Dolores biography – Concerto di Natale’s website

Dolores O’Riordan , oltre ad essere un’artista solista acclamata dalla critica, è la cantante leader dei The Cranberries, band irlandese amata a livello internazionale. Con The Cranberries, O’Riordan ha raggiunto ottimi risultati come quattro album nella “Billboard top 20”, 8 singoli di successo mondiale, inclusi Linger e Dreams, e oltre 30 milioni di album venduti in tutto il mondo. Nel 2011, dopo oltre un decennio, la band è tornata sulle scene con Roses, il suo primo nuovo album studio. Da solista, O’Riordan ha pubblicato due album molto acclamati dalla critica, Are You Listening? (2007) e No Baggage (2009).  Inoltre è famosa per il suo contributo a colonne sonore cinematografiche, avendo collaborato tra l’altro con Angelo Badalamenti alla colonna sonora del film Evilenko. O’Riordan si è anche esibita numerose volte in Vaticano ed è madre di tre bambini. Al momento sta lavorando al suo atteso terzo album da solista, la cui uscita è prevista per il 2014

Thanks to Cranberries MEXICO for noticing!

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