Paris, a concert to remember

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confirmed: Dolores to perform at the Christmas Concert in Italy

November 22, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O' Riordan

The official site of the Concerto Di Natale just confirmed Dolores’ participation in the Italian Christmas Concert next December as reported before. The annual concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.

Source: Concertodinatale.it

Ode To My Family: “I can’t sing it anymore”

November 22, 2012  |  Comments Off on Ode To My Family: “I can’t sing it anymore”  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Dolores briefly talked about the death of her father and her bereavement in a French article from Brest’s newspaper “Télégramme“.

I experienced a personal tragedy that affected me a lot. The last months of my father’s were very stressful. It took me many months before I could recover from his death. I needed to stay with my family and my children. I feel better today, I can now look at his picture. I now realize that I have to live without him…

She later told that she can’t sing “Ode to My Family” for now because it makes her think of her father. “I hope to be able to sing it back one day, but for now, it’s too soon”.

Thanks to Sara for the info.

Cranberries World videos: “Show Me” + “Still Can’t…” in Lyon

November 21, 2012  |  4 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Back from Lyon where we attended a more intimate show than expected. Only 5000 in a 15 000 people venue. The stage was moved closer to the seated area so that we couldn’t perceive any empty space at all. Good point. Excellent band & crowd on that night, we really enjoyed the great atmosphere. As Dolores said “Lyon totally rocks”. Watch her sing “oleee oleeee oleeee oleeee”

As we were not able to properly film the night before in Clermont-Ferrand (sorry about that) we decided to film 2 songs in Lyon, so here they are:

“Show Me” – Lyon 2012

“Still Can’t…” – Lyon 2012

Last but not least, for those who wish we had filmed a song in Clermont-Ferrand, below a nice video of “Dreams” filmed by YouTube user socalo03. Many thanks to this person.

“Dreams”  Clermont-Ferrand 2012

The Cranberries don’t want to rush things

November 21, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Jury  |  The Cranberries

According to Noel’s latest interview for uaudio.com, the band wants to take its time when it comes to recording another album.

I’m not saying we want to spend another ten years writing, but we definitely don’t want to rush it. I’d rather not do that again and just take our time. Quality over quantity, you know? If it means it does take a bit longer than we should, I don’t think it’s a bad thing if you have a great result from it.

Noel is currently writing new songs for the band.

I started writing again around the beginning of this year. I actually find it easier to write when I’m traveling. On your days off you’re sitting around a hotel room anyway so it gives you something to do. I started sending stuff to Dolores around January and I’ve been writing bits and pieces.

Another Mono Band album.

There are some songs I feel aren’t really the Cranberries’ sound, so I decided I’m going to try and maybe do another Mono Band album at the same time. I’m going to try and do both, but I want to take my time doing it.

Noel also told some stories about the band’s early years and revealed lots of technical information about the way he records his songs nowadays, so if you like these kind of details read the full version of the interview.

Paris 2012 DVD (?) uncertain for sure!

November 19, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

Surprising news but nonetheless true.
From what we understood after talking to different members of The Cranberries road crew during the last couple of gigs, things have become quite complicated in the last days. It seems that the Zénith in Paris is now putting a spoke in the band’s wheel, so much that there might not be any DVD at all…

Apparently the amount of money required by the Parisian Zénith to film a concert in their venue is way above what’s reasonable.
Let’s just hope that the problem can be solved after negotiations.
We imagine you’re all as excited as us to know a new DVD could possibly be released, so let’s cross fingers and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more about this matter.

Live in London 2012 to be released digitally

November 19, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

As you all know now, The Cranberries show in London this year was recorded by Concert Live on CDs. Now the show will get a digital release on December 3rd and all the 22 live songs will be available through the iTunes and Amazon digital music stores at the price of US$ 5.99$ or £5.49 which is ridiculously low compared to the 2-CD set price (£20).

London 2012 2-CD set is still available directly on the Concert Live website (as well as Caen 2012).

Dolores to perform at the annual Italian Christmas Concert?

November 19, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Dolores O’ Riordan might perform at the 20th Concerto Di Natale next December according to Radio Italia (radioitalia.it). The concert will take place on December 15th at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Roma and is to be broadcast on Rai 2 TV on Christmas night.

Dolores’ presence is not confirmed yet.

Dolores was part of the 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 editions where she performed her own material (both Cranberries and solo songs) and Christmas classics.

Cranberries World video: “Conduct” in Grenoble

November 18, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

Back from Grenoble where we enjoyed a really good show with a very dynamic crowd. We didn’t film what we thought was the key moment of the show but “Conduct” as some of you had requested this song, we would otherwise have picked “Put Me Down” during which Dolores added some interesting vocals at the end.

“Conduct” – Grenoble 2012

Also, we’ll try to capture “Not Sorry…” on the following shows (a request again), and “Show Me” which is turning more and more captivating in time, especially as Dolores now encourages the audience to clap their hands during the verses of the song. To be continued…

“Roses” qualifies for the next Irish Meteor Awards (UPDATED)

November 16, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries latest album “Roses” is part of the 2012 albums longlist of the Meteor Choice Music Prize which will take place on March 7, 2013 in Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland. The shortlist (final nominees) will be announced on January 9, 2013.

Last Cranberries’ presence at “The Meteors” was in March 2002 when they performed “Time Is Ticking Out”, their current single at the time. Watch it again below:

“Time Is Ticking Out” – Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2002

Sources: musiclimerick.com, choicemusicprize.com


UPDATE – JANUARY 2013

The Cranberries lost… Not even on the final nominees shortlist!

2012 Shortlist

Cranberries World video: “I Can’t Be With You” in Strasbourg

November 15, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Cranberries

Yesterday The Cranberries were in Strasbourg in France.
Unfortunately the show was far from being sold out with only one third of the venue (about 2,000 people). Some security team members even told us that the show might have been cancelled in the afternoon. We don’t know whether this was the band or the tour producer’s decision.Anyway, as the show eventually took place, here is the video we filmed in the front row:

“I Can’t Be With You” – Strasbourg 2012

At the end of the show Dolores wished us all “A Merry Christmas” and added “See you next year”.
Is a new European leg planned for next year or was it just a way to say goodbye? Future will tell…

A few videos of the “Roses Tour” recorded by ourselves so far

November 13, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

As promised, all CW team members try to film one song at each show they’re attending. We choose the songs according to what we think is a key moment of the show, or on your request. Be sure our crew does its best and we can’t guarantee success every time as camera policy totally varies one venue to another. We’re rarely meeting any problem though with the compact photo camera we’re using for these videos. However please keep in mind that recording videos prevents the one who films from enjoying the show as one may thus focus more on the screen of the camera than the concert itself. No need to say that our team do want to enjoy the show first (probably like all of us).

Below are new videos as well as some old ones you may already know.

“Electric Blue” – Orléans – November 11, 2012

“Twenty One” – Antwerpen – November 4, 2012

“Astral Projections” – Esch-sur-Alzette – November 2, 2012

Interlude (Shattered instrumental)” – Toulouse – October 25, 2012

“No Need To Argue” – London – October 2, 2012

The Cranberries played “Electric Blue” tonight

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

Tonight The Cranberries offered a safe setlist to the Caen crowd (and then to the future Concert Live CD-set listeners)… until they surprised fans with a flute-playing Dolores on “Electric Blue”!!!

The band used their “Dreams-to-Salvation” setlist which includes mostly older hits from the 90’s. This setlist is similar to the one performed on most Asian/North American concerts last spring.

A few changes were made though, including “Electric Blue” on which Dolores played the flute. Earlier today, a member of the CW team who attended tonight’s show reported that fans heard from the outside of the venue the band rehearse “Electric Blue” a few times this afternoon.

“Twenty-One” was also performed while more recent material like “Show Me” and “Astral Projections” was kept out of the setlist for tonight’s recorded show.

On the bright side of life, fans who buy the CD-set will get the first professional recording of “Raining in My Heart” other than the acoustic version performed several times on last winter promo tour. Let’s hope that the future Paris DVD recording will actually happen and that more “Roses” tracks will be performed.

You can buy the 2-CD set of tonight’s show in Caen directly on the Concert Live website (the encore will be included on CD2, unlike if you bought it on-site).
Please note that CD’s of last month’s London show as well as three “Reunion Tour 2010” shows (Paris, London, Milano) are also still available online.

Caen setlist:

Dreams
Linger
When You’re Gone
Tomorrow
How
Animal Instinct
Just My Imagination
You And Me
Put Me Down
Twenty One
Analyse
Desperate Andy
I Can’t Be With You
Interlude (Shattered instrumental)
Waltzing Back
Raining In My Heart
Free To Decide
Schizophrenic Playboys
Ridiculous Thoughts
Zombie

Conduct
Losing My Mind
Electric Blue
Salvation

“Stars” compilation tops Australian iTunes charts

November 8, 2012  |  2 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

Following the performance of “Dreams” by an Australian X-Factor contestant, The Cranberries greatest hits collection “Stars” topped iTunes‘ pop album charts on November 5th. Which means Number 1. The album aslo ended up at #3 on iTunes’ overall album chart. As for today (Nov. 8), the album is at #33.

“Stars” was released 10 years ago in September 2002!

Thanks to Dosulivan for the info.

The X Factor contestant covers “Dreams”

November 7, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Jury  |  Other News

Bella Ferraro, an aspiring singer from the Australian version of the TV show The X Factor, covered The Cranberries’ classic hit “Dreams” during the last show on November 5th.

The theme of the last week’s competition was Judges’ Challenge and the song “Dreams” was chosen by Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls fame.

Bella Ferraro performing “Dreams”

According to the young singer, she grew up singing The Cranberries songs. Apparently, the judges loved her performance.

It’s interesting to mention that Ronan Keating, one of the judges and an Irishman himself, said some nice things about the song: “I love that song. I don’t know if people realize this but that is so tough to sing. That is such a tough song. Dolores is an amazing vocalist. Great Irish band, actually. Good song choice, well done!”

DVD to be filmed in Paris (?) + random news

November 5, 2012  |  16 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries are apparently set to record their next DVD at Zénith in Paris this month, according to some member of the band’s road crew. This could explain the mysterious “DVD Set List” inscription on the Luxembourg setlist sheet we reported a few days ago. The ‘berries could have practice this setlist on that night in preparation to the Paris show.

The band has not confirmed the information though. So this is, for now, still a rumor.

In 1999, the band also recorded their last DVD (Beneath the Skin) in Paris, at Bercy. Even though it will be filmed in the same city, the upcoming Zénith show should give a completely different and cosy atmosphere as this venue capacity is 7,000 compared to 17,000 at Bercy.

Cranberries World: a FAN website

Some people expressed their deception over the fact that we were getting people their hopes high and then disappointing them if the news turn out not to be true. Remember that we are only a group of fans from around the world making this website happend on our own free time. We do not have any direct, privileged contact with the band, nor represent them in any way. Our news sources consiste of what is available on the web, what is said or did at concerts and some occasional e-mails to informations sources. So please, take it for what it is, nothing more! 😉

We also would like to thank every person who are emailing us with some pieces of information to include on the site. We will include it over the next months, as the website is still under construction. These information are greatly appreciated!

Antwerpen show

Yesterday’s Antwerpen show went on in a chaotic atmosphere, according to fans attending the several shows on this tour. The venue’s sound quality was not up to standards. Due this poor sound quality, it seemed like some front-row fans were shouting more loudly than the band was playing. The band seemed to have completely lost concentration — Dolores smiling at the situation during the sad-theme “Put Me Down” and “21”–, and the surrounding crowd, annoyed and a bit sour.

Cranberries World to film key moments of upcoming shows

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

Though time for the CW French team members! It’s getting harder to get you updated with all the information about the numerous shows while we’re following the band on the road.

Also, we decided we would try to film a key moment of the shows we will be attending over the next weeks to share these times with you.

While we’re updating the Milano and Roma concerts pages, here is thus the video of The Cranberries amazing performance of “Astral Projections” last night at Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg.

“Astral Projections” – Esch-sur-Alzette 2012

Feel free to request some videos from us in the near future: our french team members should try to attend all the French venues and those at the French border.

“Astral Projections” and “Roses” back on the setlist (UPDATED)

November 2, 2012  |  14 Comments  |  by Luc  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries included back “Astral Projections” and “Roses”, two tracks from their lastest album on the Luxembourg show! That information was confirmed by one of the CW team member who attended the show. This is such great news as the Caen show recording is coming up in a few days. Let’s hope that the band will perform them on that night.

Setlist – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


UPDATE – NOVEMBER 3

Even though there is a mysterious “DVD SET LIST” inscription at the top right of the setlist sheet, Camille -who attended the Luxembourg show- confirmed that there was no cameras at the venue. So no DVD release plan for the moment…

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?

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