Dolores wrote over 30 songs for Are You Listening?

February 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores wrote over 30 songs for Are You Listening?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Static Multimedia has posted what appears to be a Sanctuary-penned synopsis of Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming solo album Are You Listening?
The press release reveals that the singer has written over 30 songs over the past five years, only 12 of which appear on the forthcoming album. This extreme sort of “boiling down” of songs seems to fit in with the direction that O’Riordan was heading when she was starting to write The Cranberries’ ill-fated sixth album in 2002.
She told Italian TV network La7 in July 2003, “We’re concentrating on writing right now, taking our time to do a really beautiful album. Even if we write 4 songs, we’ll throw 3 of them away and we’ll choose 1 [to keep]. We’ve got to be very selective to be sure that the next album is really good, because it doesn’t make sense to make an album otherwise, so we prefer to take our time, to enjoy the period of writing, and time spent at home. Then we can go out with a really great disc and a good tour.”
Also, it should be pointed out that “Apple of My Eye” appears as “Apple” in this press release.

Dolores O’Riordan 1st Solo
Iconic – Ethereal – Exquisite
Three adjectives that can be used to describe both album and artist. Sanctuary Records is thrilled to release Dolores O’Riordan’s first solo e ort, ARE YOU LISTENING? on May 15, 2007.
Taking her time after the demise of The Cranberries (who sold 40 million records worldwide), Dolores O’Riordan retreated to real life with her husband. She had three children and wrote over 30 songs. She never rushed. And when she was ready, she whittled those 30 songs down to the terrific 12 tracks that make up ARE YOU LISTENING?
A logical successor to The Cranberries, but a knowingly more mature e ort, ARE YOU LISTENING? takes the listener on a journey of the heart. From the rage of “Black Widow,” to the sweet romance of “Apple” to the joy of first single “Ordinary Day,” O’Riordan always was – and remains – one of the few vocalists that can capture emotion in a song.
It comes down to the voice. THAT voice. You know just where you were the first time you heard “Linger” or “Dreams” or “Zombie.” That power remains intact when hearing ARE YOU LISTENING? Dolores O’Riordan is one of a handful of artists who can be identified from the second they sing their first note.
Co-produced by Youth, Dan Broadbeck and Rich Chycki, ARE YOU LISTENING? is a stunning debut from an artist who really has nothing to prove but everything to share.
DOLORES O’RIORDAN – ARE YOU LISTENING?
Track Listing:
1. Ordinary Day
2. When We Were Young
3. In the Garden
4. Human Spirit
5. Loser
6. Stay With Me
7. Apple
8. Black Widow
9. October
10. Accept Things
11. Angel Fire
12. Ecstasy

Thanks to celticyodels for finding it.

Source: Static Multimedia.

Dolores O’Riordan’s European tour schedule

February 21, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan’s European tour schedule  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A few dates have been trickling in over the past few weeks, but we now have Dolores O’Riordan’s full European tour lineup:

**Tour schedule updated 02.23:**
29TH MAY – BARCELONA, SPAIN – RAZZMATAZZ
31ST MAY – MILAN, ITALY – ALCATRAZ
01ST JUNE – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – KAUFLEUTEN 03RD JUNE – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – PARADISO 05TH JUNE – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – ANCIENNE BELGIQUE 06TH JUNE – PARIS, FRANCE – BATACLAN
09TH JUNE – BERLIN, GERMANY – COLUMBIA CLUB 10TH JUNE – STOCKHOLM,SWEDEN – BERNS
11TH JUNE – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – VEGA
13TH JUNE – COLOGNE, GERMANY – GLORIA
15TH JUNE – LONDON, U.K. – KOKO CLUB

It appears that some venues still have yet to be confirmed.

In other news, the following German release dates have been confirmed:
“Ordinary Day” single on May 4th, Are You Listening? album on May 11th.

Thanks to Stéphane for the news!

Confirmed: “Are You Listening?” in US on May 15th

February 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Confirmed: “Are You Listening?” in US on May 15th  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Confirmed: A PR representative for Sanctuary Records has confirmed to Zombieguide that Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? is now scheduled to come out on May 15th in the United States.

It seems that Are You Listening? might be delayed a week in the US. An article last week on LiveDaily listed a May 15th release date. (The album was previously scheduled for May 8th in the US.)

Now, the representative running Sanctuary’s MySpace wrote in regards to Dolores’s in-the-works MySpace profile: “It should be up and running shortly! Look out for her album May 15th. Thanks!”

Thanks to Meg for the news.

Dolores O’Riordan at Amsterdam Paradiso, June 3rd

February 20, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan at Amsterdam Paradiso, June 3rd  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Amsterdam’s Paradiso is listing a Dolores O’Riordan concert scheduled there for June 3rd at 20:30 local time. Tickets will go on sale March 3rd.

This is earlier than the first-announced June 6th date in Paris, so perhaps more even earlier dates are soon to be announced.

Thanks to our tasty friend Taco for the tip.

Dolores O’Riordan at London’s Koko, June 15th

February 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan at London’s Koko, June 15th  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

UK ticket broker Ticketweb has posted a second tour date for Dolores O’Riordan’s summer tour: London at the Koko on June 15th at 7 PM. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will go on sale on Friday, February 23rd at 9 AM.

Thanks to Stéphane for the news!

Helter registers Doloresoriordan.ie

February 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on Helter registers Doloresoriordan.ie  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Helter Ltd., Dolores O’Riordan’s self-owned management company, has just registered the domain http://www.doloresoriordan.ie, presumably for use in promoting her upcoming record. The domain record was most recently updated on February 15th. There is only a generic placeholder page there currently.

Thanks to Saeed for pointing it out.

Another song title: “Watch the Stars”

February 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on Another song title: “Watch the Stars”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sanctuary Records has sent out a French press release, which includes the title of a song called “Watch the Stars,” which was not included in the recent full-album promos for Are You Listening? It could end up as a B-side — we’ll have to wait and see.

The press release also says that the 2 songs that UK-based Youth produced are “Apple of My Eye” and the first single “Ordinary Day.” Additionally, mixer Richard Chycki has updated his blog to report that he and Dolores co- produced the single. Chycki writes that Dan Brodbeck and Dolores O’Riordan co-produced most of the album.

Dolores O’Riordan
« Are You Listening? »
LE PREMIER ALBUM SOLO DE LA VOIX DES CRANBERRIES
Sortie le 7 mai 2007 sur Sequel Records / Sanctuary (distribution PIAS)
Conçu entre son Irlande natale et le Canada, sa terre d’adoption, « Are You Listening ? » marque le grand retour et les débuts solo de Dolores O’Riordan ! Enfin libérée de toutes obligations contractuelles et de ses inhibitions, après quatre ans de silence, celle que l’on a connue comme LA chanteuse du groupe irlandais The Cranberries, revient sur le devant de la scène, seule, plus envoûtante que jamais, avec un disque chargé d’émotions pures.
Très largement inspirées par les expériences personnelles de cette musicienne hors pair, les 12 chansons de ce disque traitent de sujets forts comme le cancer qui a emporté sa mère, tristement dépeint à travers la sombre métaphore de « Black Widow », ou plus heureux comme les rapports avec son mari canadien sur « Apple » ou de la naissance de Dakota, leur troisième enfant, avec « Ordinary Day ». A noter que deux de ces titres, « Apple » et « Ordinary Day », le premier single, sont produits par Youth, dont l’on a déjà pu apprécier le travail d’orfèvre avec The Verve, Embrace, Primal Scream, U2 ou Paul McCartney.
Il y a fort à parier que le scintillement crescendo des guitares rock de « In The Garden », les touches délicates et les refrains accrocheurs de « Watch The Stars » ou « Loser », ne vont pas manquer de séduire tous ceux qui ont un jour vibré pour les compositions et la voix cristalline de la chanteuse.
A noter que c’est le bassiste Marco Mendoza (Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Soul Sirkus) qui accompagnent Dolores sur disque et sur scène !
Un concert unique est d’ores et déjà annoncé
le 6 juin à Paris, au Bataclan.

Source: Metal-live

First Photos: Dolores O’Riordan In the Studio

February 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on First Photos: Dolores O’Riordan In the Studio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dan Brodbeck, who is producing and engineering Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming solo album, has posted
some photos of Dolores’s studio sessions on his personal site. [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

The photos were taken at Pulse Studios and Windmill Lane Studios (where The Cranberries recorded To the Faithful Departed and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee), both in Dublin. There are also photos of guitarist Steve Demarchi, bassist Marco Mendoza, and drummer Graham Hopkins, who are all contributing to the album.

A photo shows that for one take, the crew had to squeeze Graham Hopkins’s drum kit into a tiny voiceover booth at Windmill Lane Studios. Another photo shows Hopkins sitting at a mixing board listening to a recent take, while others are scenic pictures of Howth outside of Dublin, where Dolores now lives.

Source: Dan Brodbeck

MySpace page for Dolores O’Riordan launches

February 14, 2007  |  Comments Off on MySpace page for Dolores O’Riordan launches  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A MySpace page has launched for Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album… but there really isn’t much there yet. There’s a rough biography about Dolores’s collaborations from 2003 to the present, which should be well-known to Zombieguide readers. Of course you can get in line for the friends list, although no one’s been approved yet.

Update: Although the profile is linked to Sanctuary Records, the page says it is a fanpage at this time.

Dolores’s first concert announced for Paris, June 6th

February 13, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores’s first concert announced for Paris, June 6th  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Right alongside today’s unveiling of the cover of Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album is the announcement of the first concert, to be held June 6th at the Bataclan in Paris, France. Provided that no earlier concerts will be announced, this will be Dolores’s first full-length concert in nearly four years, her last being The Cranberries’ summer tour ender in Killarney, Ireland, on June 27, 2003.

More tour dates are sure to come soon, so we’ll have them up as soon as they’re announced.

Source: Zegut

“Are You Listening?” cover unveiled

February 13, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Are You Listening?” cover unveiled  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Ladies and gentlemen, the cover:

Thanks to many for the tip.

Source: Zegut

“Are You Listening?” tracklisting revealed

February 11, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Are You Listening?” tracklisting revealed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sequel has just sent out the first full-album promos for Dolores O’Riordan’s new album Are You Listening? The album has 12 tracks, which are…

1. Ordinary Days (4.04)
2. When We Were Young (3.23)
3. In the Garden (4.27)

4. Human Spirit (4.00)
5. Loser (2.56)
6. Stay with Me (4.01)
7. Apple of My Eye (4.42)
8. Black Widow (4.56)
9. October (4.38)
10. Accept Things (4.11)
11. Angel Fire (5.02)
12. Ectasy (5.13)

Notably absent are a number of song titles that Dolores has recorded over the past several years: “Letting Go,” “Without You,” “Forever,” “Playground,” and “Croatia.”

In related news, a full version of “Ordinary Day” has hit the internet. Maybe visiting the ZG Forums will help you find it.

Seems like tons of news is now breaking about Dolores’s album, so we’ll have the latest ASAP.

Source: Zegut

“Ordinary Day” 1st single, aired on Croatian radio

February 10, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” 1st single, aired on Croatian radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Ordinary Day” will be the title of Dolores O’Riordan’s debut solo single from her upcoming album Are You Listening? Croatian radio station Otvoreni Radio played the song on air today, a full two months ahead of the scheduled April release date.

The title “Ordinary Day” popped up on iTunes tracking software Last.fm in December along with the titles “Loser” and “Human Spirit.” It’s possible that the latter two are B-sides for the single. (Update: “Loser” and “Human Spirit” are album tracks.)

Cranberries-fan.com has a first try at transcribing the lyrics. They also have a 30-second clip of the new song that you can download on that page!

Source: Cranberries-fan

More producers, engineers for “Are You Listening?”

February 10, 2007  |  Comments Off on More producers, engineers for “Are You Listening?”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Some more names have surfaced in connection with Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming debut solo LP, “Are You Listening?” The biggest new name is UK producer Youth, best known for producing The Verve’s seven-million- selling Urban Hymns, including the anthem “Bittersweet Symphony.” Youth also produced the Dido track “Don’t Think of Me.” The Big Life Producers website states that Youth has produced and mixed tracks for the album.

Partnering on engineering and mixing for the tracks with Youth is Clive Goddard, whose long list of credits include Madonna, Paul McCartney, Moby, Placebo, Damage, Sinead O’Connor, and INXS.

The site says Youth and Goddard spent the last months of 2006 working on the album.

Youth and Goddard join an already extensive list of producers/engineers/mixers who have been working on Dolores’s solo material, including Dan Brodbeck, Richard Chycki, Tim Palmer, and Matthew Vaughan, just to name a few.

Philly Intelligencer: Cranberries among best of 90s

February 6, 2007  |  Comments Off on Philly Intelligencer: Cranberries among best of 90s  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Philadelphia’s The Intelligencer newspaper mentioned The Cranberries in a January 17 article called “Resurrecting the hits of the â€TM90s,” saying that the band — along with Counting Crows, Savage Garden, Semisonic, and R.E.M. — are among the most prolific hit-makers of the last decade. Here’s what they had to say:

Along similar lines, still haunting the airwaves, with Dolores O’Riordan’s unique smooth vocals, is The Cranberries.

The Britain based group [sic] is most often represented with its platinum hit “Linger” (Do you have to let it linger?), “Zombie” (Another heads hangs lowly, child is slowly taken/ and the violence caused such silence/ who are we mistaken?) and “Ode to My Family” (Understand the things I say/ dont turn away from me/ cause I spent half my life out there/ you wouldnt disagree).

You can read the whole thing at phillyBurbs.com

“Are You Listening?” leaked? (UPDATED)

February 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Are You Listening?” leaked? (UPDATED)  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolitsa writes on the Zombieguide Forums that a zip file has appeared on file-sharing program Emule today that purports to be a leaked copy of Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming debut solo album “Are You Listening?” The file is labeled as “Are You Listening – Dolores O’Riordan (DEC-2006).zip.” We can’t yet confirm whether the file is authentic or not, but if you have any success in downloading, please let us know in the forums!

The album on Sanctuary Records is due in stores on May 7 in the UK and May 8 in the US.

Update: Looks like the file was a fake. We’ll keep you posted any new developments.

Heart FM loses bid for Limerick radio license

January 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Heart FM loses bid for Limerick radio license  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The attempt by the Heart FM media group to win Limerick’s 10-year radio license, currently held by Live 95, has failed, as the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland announced last Monday that it would award a renewal to Live 95’s license.

The Heart FM group was funded in part by Cranberries members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler, among others. Mike Hogan was poised to become a director for the new radio station if it was approved.

Thanks to Thomas for the news.

Rare Cranberries interview from 1990 surfaces

January 30, 2007  |  Comments Off on Rare Cranberries interview from 1990 surfaces  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Niall Quinn today emailed us a very rare piece of memorabilia indeed — an August 1990 Night Times newspaper interview to promote Water Circle, The Cranberries’ first demo tape released in 1990. You’ll recall that Niall Quinn was the lead singer for The Cranberry Saw Us, the precursor to The Cranberries. Niall writes, “I was doing some archiving of my own at the weekend and came across it.”

The interview is one of the earliest (if not the earliest) known Cranberries interviews to survive. In it, Noel Hogan talks about the trouble the band went through to recruit a new singer after Quinn left to concentrate on his other band The Hitchers:

When Niall announced that he was leaving the rest of us decided straight away that we wanted to continue. He introduced us to someone who was interested but in singing but the guy messed us around and we ended up auditioning a fella called Alan who was heavily into the doomier side of The Cure. He wanted to drown all the songs in feedback and distortion, which isn’t us at all. The only good thing is that it made us realize that we need a soft, gentle voice because we’re not that heavy. That’s when we decided to advertise in Xeric [Studios] for a girl and we struck lucky straight away.

The girl who responded to that ad, of course, was Dolores O’Riordan.

We brought Niall in to sing her some of the old songs and she seemed to like them. Then she did a Sinead O’Connor number and we were all stunned, so we said, ‘Great, let’s give it a go!’

Niall says that the interviewer was probably Stuart Clark, who is now an editor for Hot Press, Ireland’s largest entertainment magazine.

Niall writes that he may also have a video of The Cranberries broadcasted on Irish TV in June 1990: “I know thereâ€TMs also a VHS cassette in my parents house that I have to get my hands on — it contains amongst other (hitchers) stuff — a very brief glimpse of The Cranberries, They Do It With Mirrors and The Hitchers all busking together (Iâ€TMm not kidding –there was about ten of us!!!). Thatâ€TMd be dated about July 1990 and was broadcast on an Irish TV show called PuirÃnÃthat Autumn. As soon as I have it digitised I’ll let you know.”

The Cranberries’ Jools Holland appearance to reair

January 27, 2007  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries’ Jools Holland appearance to reair  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ classic 1994 performance on the Jools Holland show on the BBC will re-air next weekend on German network ZDF: Theaterkanal. The band performed “Dreaming My Dreams,” while Dolores performed “No Need to Argue” with Holland on organ and a string quartet. The show that features The Cranberries, Crowded House, the Auteurs, and Aswad will air February 3rd at 23:00 local time on ZDF: Theaterkanal (schedule).

Thanks to dominestar for the tip. Screen capture taken from Cranberries Shows.

“Zombie” on last night’s episode of “The Office”

January 19, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on last night’s episode of “The Office”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ “Zombie” was used on last night’s episode of “The Office.” Andy Bernard, a character in the series, is evidently a fan of the song. If any watched the show, tell us about it in the ZG Forums.

Source: E! Online

“Zombie” quartet arrangement in “Teen Strings”

January 11, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” quartet arrangement in “Teen Strings”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The January/February 2007 issue of Teen Strings magazine carries sheet music for a string quartet arrangement of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” This version was arranged by John Reed, and it appears to be the same arrangement that Strings Magazine published in their February 2006 issue. You can view a sample PDF here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Howard Stern played “Zombie” Unplugged Monday

January 11, 2007  |  Comments Off on Howard Stern played “Zombie” Unplugged Monday  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Notorious radio shock jock Howard Stern played the live MTV Unplugged version of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” on his Sirius satellite radio show on Monday. He played the same live version last May on his show. Stern sang along with most of the song until co-host Robin Quivers told him to shut up because she was having a “good time” listening to the song without him. Artie Lange added that it was a “good tune.”

The repeat of the MTV Unplugged performance is no surprise since Stern has repeatedly professed his, er, certain fondness for Dolores O’Riordan’s short- cropped hair.

Thanks to ZG’s venerable founder John for the news.

Press release: Sanctuary signs Dolores O’Riordan

December 1, 2006  |  Comments Off on Press release: Sanctuary signs Dolores O’Riordan  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sanctuary Records has posted an o cial press release on Dolores’s signing to the label and her forthcoming solo album. (Note that the May 7 release date probably applies to Europe.)

Sanctuary signs Dolores O’Riordan for first solo outing
Sequel to release new album for former lead singer of The Cranberries
30 November 2006
Sanctuary Records, who recently reactivated and revitalised its contemporary label, Sequel, has signed the multi-talented Dolores O’Riordan for her first solo album, ‘Are You Listening?’, to Sequel.
Dolores, iconic former lead singer of The Cranberries, who sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide with the band, will be releasing the lead single from her album in late April 2007 with the album itself slated for a 7th May 2007 release. Dolores will be embarking on a world tour in support of the new album from the Summer of 2007.
Sequel, recently reactivated by Sanctuary, is focused on providing a home to contemporary artists, particularly those with an established fan base and who are looking for an alternative to the major labels. The label has recently also signed The Cooper Temple Clause and Idlewild.
Malcolm Dunbar, Head of A&R, commented on the Dolores signing:
“I’m delighted Dolores has chosen to sign to the company. This album will further establish her reputation as an exceptional songwriter and singer.”
Adding to this, Joe Cokell, Sanctuary Records Worldwide CEO said:
“Dolores is a fabulous addition to our roster of newly signed artists. The record sounds absolutely brilliant & we are very excited about the release & are confident of having worldwide success during the course of next year.”

Doloresoriordan.co.uk registered by Sanctuary

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on Doloresoriordan.co.uk registered by Sanctuary  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The domain Doloresoriordan.co.uk has been registed, presumably for use in promoting her forthcoming solo album

The domain was booked on September 28 by Antti Rantanen, who appears to be an employee of Sanctuary Records in the UK.

Currently there is nothing at the address except for a placeholder page.

ANNOUNCED: Dolores’s solo title, release date

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on ANNOUNCED: Dolores’s solo title, release date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s long-awaited solo album finally has a title and concrete release date, Billboard reports this evening.

Dolores’s debut solo album will be called Are You Listening? and will release on May 8, 2007 in the United States on Sanctuary Records. In Europe, the album will release on Sanctuary’s newly restarted sub-label, Sequel.

A yet-to-be-announced single will release in late April.

Dolores will tour in support of her debut solo album in spring and summer
of next year.

Sanctuary’s CEO Joe Cokell said in a statement last week, “We also expect to announce another very significant addition to [Sequel]’s roster as early as next week, and we look forward to having major success with these albums through 2007.”

Dolores is only the third act signed to the relaunched Sequel label, after The Cooper Temple Clause & Idlewild. According to the same statement, the Sequel label specializes “as a home for contemporary artists, particularly those who have already established a fan base and who are looking for an alternative to the major labels.”

We will have more details as they break!

Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries

November 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on Meat Loaf likes The Cranberries  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Rock legend Meat Loaf this week told York University’s student newspaper Excalibur that he likes The Cranberries.

The interviewer asked him what other food-item-named-things he likes, to which he responded a UK singer by the name of Fish and of course the Irish band with the tart but delicious name.

“Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”

November 28, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Zombie” on France’s “Star Academy”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French singer Dominique performed The Cranberries’ “Zombie” last Friday night on the French Idol-like TV show “Star Academy.” Dominique is in the running against other winners for the best weekly performances.

You can watch Dominque’s performance here at the TF1 website, which includes some rather elaborate choreography with, er, flight attendants and a giant airplane prop.

Thanks to Cyril for the news.

Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records

November 23, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores to release solo on Sanctuary Records  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has finally found a label for her forthcoming debut solo release, the Ulster Herald reports today.

Sanctuary Records will release the new record which is due in early 2007. Sanctuary’s roster includes Morrissey (formerly of The Smiths), Iron Maiden, Tegan and Sara, and Crosby & Nash. The label specializes in artists who already have established careers and solid fanbases.

Sanctuary handled the release of The Cranberries’ Beneath the Skin Ver. 2 DVD in the United States.

A source close to Dolores told Zombieguide that the album is nearly finished and that the search for a record company was the main factor in its delay.

We’ll have more details as they become available!

(Oh, and happy Thanksgiving… and don’t forget the cranberries!)

UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer

November 20, 2006  |  Comments Off on UK site profiles “No Need to Argue” designer  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

UK site Creativedesign has put up a profile of Cally, the graphic designer behind The Cranberries’ first three albums, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed. Cally recently orchestrated a total redesign of the Island offices on Kensington High Street in London. You can read about it here. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hi-Quality “Nothing Left At All” demo MP3s surface  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A fan who recently purchased The Cranberries’ first commercially-produced demo tape has made high-quality photos and MP3s of the tape available online.

While “Water Circle” was The Cranberries’ first demo tape in May 1990 (then called by the dreadful pun The Cranberry Saw Us), it was home-made and its liner art photocopied. Later that year, Xeric Records released just 300 copies of the Saw Us’s first commercially pressed tape, “Nothing Left At All” (discography entry).

Zombieguide Forums member Caputokey was lucky enough to snag the extremely rare piece off of eBay months ago and has since put up MP3s and photos on his own server.

While MP3 rips of the tape have been available for years, most of those came from low-quality bootleg copies that had circulated among fans for the past decade. The quality suffered from high nth-generation tape-to-tape copying in the tape trading community in the mid-90s. (Now there’s a story I can tell my grandkids.)

“Nothing Left At All” is the same version that appeared in CD quality on the “Uncertain” EP. “Pathetic Senses” is different from the “Uncertain” EP and features vocals from Dolores’s (allegedly aggressive) boyfriend Miko Mahoney (also did the vocals at the end of “Dreams”) and producer Pearse Gilmore, whom the band accused of making secret agreements with Island during the band’s last days at Xeric. “Shine Down,” later known as “Take My Soul Away,” is the most elusive of the three. This is by far the best recording of “Shine Down” to ever surface.

You can grab them all from this directory, courtesy of Caputokey. (LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE)


Mike opens café in Limerick

November 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Mike opens café in Limerick  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Some short biographies released in conjunction with the proposal of a new radio station for Limerick, Heart FM (read more), include some tidbits about what Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler have been up to lately.

If the radio station is approved, Mike Hogan will become a director for Heart FM. Also, Noel, Mike, and Fergal will give some hands-on input for a show called “Green Heart,” which will showcase demos and upcoming local bands.

The bio also reveals that Mike opened a café on Catherine Street in Limerick called The Sage Café earlier this year. The café opened in mid- April and seats 45-50 people. Mike has become the director of a company called TM Coffee, Ltd. (which runs the cafe), and he continues to to live and work in Limerick.

As for Fergal, his bio reveals that he “has been collaborating with other local musicians and recording at his studio in Ballymorris.”

Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license

November 18, 2006  |  Comments Off on Hogan-backed Heart FM pitches for radio license  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Heart FM, a new proposed radio station being funded by Mike and Noel Hogan that we first told you about here, gave an oral presentation on Monday to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. The Hogan brothers and Fergal Lawler are among a small group of investors who are competing to win a 10-year broadcasting license in Limerick.

In order to win approval for the station, the Heart FM backers will need to wrestle the city’s radio franchise away from the incumbent broadcaster, Live 95FM.

The Heart FM group told the BCI that if approved, the station would make a profit of €15-€20 million over 10 years. The station would also employ 36 full-time and 33 part-time staff, more than Live 95, and would open a new 5,000-sq ft office in downtown Limerick.

Live 95FM argued that it should be able to keep its existing license because of its strong track record, especially after being bought by UTV in 2002. (Coincidentally, Dolores’s brother P.J. O’Riordan was one of the previous owners of Live 95FM.)

The BCI will decide on January 22, 2007 which group will receive the new license.

You can check out some attractively designed proposal PDF documents at the BCI website. Of special interest to Cranberries fans are sections 3 and 4, which have short up-to-date biographies on Noel, Mike, and Fergal.

Sources: Irish Times, Irish Independent

Cranberries official cartoonist releases book

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries official cartoonist releases book  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Maurizio di Bona, a.k.a. theHand, who created a line of official merchandise for The Cranberries in 2003, has just released a new book that includes four pages of Cranberries caricatures.

di Bona, a longtime Cranberries fan, had put several of his Cranberries cartoons online before the band came to him and commissioned him to produce a series of illustrations for their last world tour. His new book, called Scarabocchio Ergo Sum, features works he created for the band and also more recent drawings of Dolores, Noel, Mike, and Fergal. The text is in Italian, but the spot-on caricatures are alone worth the price of admission.

You can order the new book for only $10.65 US from Lulu.com

BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale

November 15, 2006  |  Comments Off on BREAKING: Dolores to appear at Concerto di Natale  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Media reports out of Italy this morning confirm that Dolores O’Riordan will perform at the newly reorganized 2006 Concerto di Natale in Monaco, formerly called the Vatican Christmas Concert.

This year’s concert will take place on December 9, 2006, at 18:00 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tickets range in price from €150 to €1000.

The Vatican Christmas Concert ran for 13 years at the Vatican before Pope Benedict XVI cancelled it earlier this year, stating that he didn’t like pop music. This year’s concert will be moving to Monte Carlo, Monaco under a new organizer.

The annual concert is broadcast nationally on TV in Italy, but this year’s concert will be shown by Raidue instead of Mediaset.

Confirmed so far to perform are:
Gipsy Kings
Ronan Keating (of Boyzone)
Skin (of Skunk Anansie)
Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries)
Nicky Nicolai & Stefani Di Battista
Helena Hellwigg
Massimo Ranieri
Sergio Cammariere
Noa
Gigi D’Alessio
Andrea Mingardi
Sara6
Marco Masini / Umberto Tozzi
Appassionante
Benedict Gospel Choir
Summertime Gospel Choir
Les petits chanteurs de Monaco
Giancarlo Giannini

This will be Dolores’s fourth time performing at the concert — her past appearances were in 2001, 2002, and 2005.

You can read a press release over at Rockol and the o cial lineup here. We’ll have more news as it breaks. Thanks to Luca for the news!

“Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs

November 14, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Linger” #92 on MTVla’s 100 Poppiest Songs  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MTV Latin America has ranked The Cranberries’ “Linger” as one of the 100 “poppiest” songs of all time. The network chose “Linger” at #92 on last night’s “Los 100 + Pop” special. The series began yesterday and will run until November 24.

Thanks to Cristobal for the news!

Cranberries.com redesign launched

November 9, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign launched  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The redesign of The Cranberries Official Webpage has launched at http://www.cranberries.com (http://www.cranberries.ie has not yet rolled over to the new design). Not much new content, but there is a vastly improved lyrics section.

There are no official forums yet (surprise? They were promised two and a half years ago.), so instead why not join the largest and most active Cranberries forums online?

Cranberries.com redesign preview posted

November 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cranberries.com redesign preview posted  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Official Community Corporation, the Toronto-based corporation that now  runs http://www.cranberries.com today posted a preview image of the long-promised redesign of the official website.

This will be the second redesign since Official Community Corporation took control of the site in 2004. Previously, it was operated by Timeless Music, The Cranberries’ self-owned management company.

If the preview is accurate, it appears that an official discussion forum is in the works. No other new features appear on the preview layout.

Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped

November 4, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores duet with Miguel Bosé scrapped  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Spanish singer and actor Miguel Bosé told Reforma newspaper yesterday that that he had plans to record a duet with Dolores O’Riordan for his new album, but scheduling problems squashed it (also: AP report).

Dolores was to duet with him on a song called “Partisano,” but the plans stalled due to scheduling conflicts. However, Bosé said he might still be able to record the duet at a later date.

“We talked a lot about it,” Bosé said. “I was doing to do ‘Partisano’ with her, but no, after all of that, we couldn’t do it. We’ll try again some other time.”

Miguel Bosé’s upcoming CD, due in February, will contain 30 duets including Ricky Martin, Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Juanes, REM vocalist Michael Stipe, and Alaska.

Thanks to Paolo for the tip!

“God Be With You” in short film “3:16′′

October 30, 2006  |  Comments Off on “God Be With You” in short film “3:16′′  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

A listing on the Internet Movie Database reveals that Dolores O’Riordan’s 1997 solo track “God Be With You” is being used in a new short film called 3:16. The 19-minute film is directed by Jason Durdon, and it picked up a “Best Actor” award at the Estes Park Film Festival last month.

Dolores originally wrote the song for the film The Devil’s Own. Although it is technically a solo track, The Cranberries included it as a B-side on the “Just My Imagination” single and the 2002 re-release of To the Faithful Departed: The Complete Sessions.

“The Butterfly” on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace

October 12, 2006  |  Comments Off on “The Butterfly” on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

The first new Dolores O’Riordan song in nearly a year has surfaced on Angelo Badalamenti’s MySpace page.

The collaboration with Dolores and Angelo Badalamenti, who is best known for his soundtracks for David Lynch films “Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet,” is called “The Butterfly.” You can get an MP3 of the song in the previous post on this page.

This is the first new Dolores O’Riordan solo material to surface since last year’s leak of the demos “In the Garden” and “Letting Go.”

Badalamenti first discussed the song in an unpublished outtake from a Mix magazine interview earlier this year. He said,

I just finished a new song with her called “The Butterfly,” which is wonderful, that I’d like to get into a film. I’ll start showing that to some directors now. She’s a terrific talent, and she keeps sending me lyrics. We’ve never met. I work on music and send it back to her, and then once I get her key on the phone – she’ll sing to me – then I’ll do a track her, send it to her and then she’ll do the vocal. Then she sends back to me, and I do the mix here, and that’s that. That’s how we work.

You’ll recall Dolores and Badalamenti last collaborated on the haunting theme song “Angels Go to Heaven” for David Grieco’s 2004 independent film Evilenko, which is now available in the US on DVD (Zombieguide review).

No word yet on exact plans for what “The Butterfly” will be used for. Dolores told Hot Press magazine last year that she and Badalamenti are collaborating on the music for David Grieco’s next film, Secrets of Love. Whether this song will be a part of that soundtrack is unknown.
According to Grieco, the film’s plot revolves around a singer who mysteriously disappears for years and is presumed dead. Badalamenti’s MySpace page gives no further details about the song.

Rare “Linger” performance on YouTube

October 12, 2006  |  Comments Off on Rare “Linger” performance on YouTube  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A rare, previously-unseen acoustic performance of The Cranberries’ “Linger” has surfaced on YouTube. The performance was taken from MTV’s “Alternative Nation” show (US) in 1993. (MTV.com used to offer streaming interview clips from this same appearance.)

Thanks to despandy for the tip.

LEAKED: O’Riordan + Badalamenti’s “The Butterfly”

October 10, 2006  |  Comments Off on LEAKED: O’Riordan + Badalamenti’s “The Butterfly”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“The Butterfly” by Dolores O’Riordan and Angelo Badalamenti [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Storm Thorgerson in the Zombieguide Interview

October 1, 2006  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson in the Zombieguide Interview  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Even if you don’t know his name, you know his art.

Storm Thorgerson has produced some of the most instantly recognizable album covers in rock history: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, Division Bell; Led Zepplin’s Houses of the Holy; Audioslave’s self- titled; The Mars Volta’s Frances the Mute; Umphrey’s McGee’s Safety in Numbers; the list goes on and on. Of course, as you probably know, his portfolio also includes the album covers for The Cranberries’ post-crisis Bury the Hatchet, its 2001 follow-up Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Beneath the Skin live DVD, and all related singles.

Storm is kicking off a series of exhibitions of his work around the world for Fall 2006 in Long Island, NY; Cleveland, OH; Birmingham, UK; Milan, Italy; San Francisco, CA; and Bath, UK in 2007. Click here for the full itinerary of Storm Thorgerson’s ongoing exhibit dates. You can find out more and browse a number of limited edition prints made specially for this tour at theTaken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson website.

Last week, Storm gave us a rare phone interview to talk about his work with The Cranberries. (We even managed to squeeze in some chatter about Noel Hogan’s current project Mono Band.) Here’s what Storm had to say in the exclusive Zombieguide interview…

ZG: How did you get involved in working with The Cranberries? How did they approach you?

Storm: Through a friend, a business friend, whom I didn’t know very well, but they did, called Jamie. He was working also for Ian Dury and the Blockheads, which is a band I work for, and I think he recommended me. Then I went to have an interview, a chat with Dolores and Noel in Olympic Studios, I think. We got along OK, and so we chatted again later, and then I started to do designs for Bury the Hatchet.

ZG: How did the design process go for Bury the Hatchet? How did you form the ideas that went with that album?

Storm: Now you’ve got me there. That’s a very good question. I’m trying to remember. I think it had something to do with Dolores’s checkered past. I think she told me some tales. She’s had quite a tough life, Dolores. She was telling me about an old boyfriend of hers who was inclined to be a little physical. So I think it was partly related to that. It was probably related to other things that they said, because the way that I work is to submit different possibilities, and so I probably suggested about eight things to them, of which the rough for Bury the Hatchet was one. It was kind of like about paranoia. I think in the way Dolores felt that she had been in her life — and to some extent, the other guys as well — some degrees of unhappiness and undue pressure for which it was now time to shake off, “bury the hatchet” literally. To shake off old grudges, old difficulties. I don’t know if you have this expression in America, “bury the hatchet,” but I presume you do.

ZG: Yeah, we know it.

Storm: Actually, the cover design is a two-piece. So it is a before and after picture. If you like, a diptych. It comes in two parts. We made the cover as also suggested by the band as a trompe l’oeil, a trick of the eye so actually the front sort of repeated on the back so you didn’t know which way around it was. So then you’ve got the two pictures that go together.

ZG: Right. And it has the spine…

Storm: That’s right, we did a fake spine. That was quite clever, don’t you think? But very annoying because you keep trying to open the CD the wrong way. I thought it was a great idea, but it wasn’t my idea. But it was a good one and it was good for me because it meant I could flip the designs, either front or back. In the actual booklet, there’s a picture of a guy being threatened by the all-seeing eye, and on the back when you turn it around, you see he’s turning around, telling the eye to go away.

That’s the kind of nub of it at the time. You know, all these things have other bits and pieces that connect to the making of a cover, which I probably can’t remember now. They kind of coalesce to form a background out of which I make designs and then show them back to the band as roughs and then they choose. So they must have thought this was appropriate somewhere or other. It’s not always clear to me why bands choose the things they do.

ZG: At what point do you actually get a copy of the album and get to listen to it all the way through?

Storm: Pretty early on. When it was in demo form, probably, or early mixes. Because the album cover needs to be done before the record is finished. It takes longer to print an album cover than it does to press a CD. So in eect, the album cover has to be ahead of the CD, the finished item.

ZG: One of the things that Dolores said in the interviews for Bury the Hatchet was that the band did their first three albums, and they all had a picture of the band on the cover…

Storm: The sofa! (laughs) That’s right, they probably fancied a change, I suppose!

ZG: Right, and one of the things that Dolores said about Bury the Hatchet was that she thought of the first three albums as a triad, and that she wanted to form a new era. One of the things I associate with that are your designs, and so I was wondering if that was a conscious thing?

Storm: It may have been a conscious decision of theirs. Obviously it wasn’t a conscious decision of mine. I’m only a gun for hire, aren’t I? I can be hired, commissioned as a freelance designer, and design as I think appropriate for whoever asks, by and large. So I don’t often know what their agenda is, but I agree with you, I think they decided that band photos and sofas was enough. Well, they weren’t going to get them from me, so I presume they must have realized.

ZG: Your work is very distinctive. It’s very easy to, say, look at a new album cover and say right away, “Oh yeah, that’s Storm Thorgerson.”

Storm: You think so?

ZG: Very much so. Every once in awhile you put out a new–

Storm: Are you sure?

ZG: One of the reasons I say that is that you have a lot of symbols that you use in your art and sometimes those repeat from piece to piece. I’ve noticed, for example, I have your book, Eye of the Storm, and I noticed you used the theme of the eye a lot [Bury the Hatchet cover, for example] and I was wondering if there’s a particular reason you like using that symbol.

Storm: I don’t think of myself as doing that, but it’s for other people to make that distinction, I suppose. I don’t think about it, really. I do design as I feel the music or the band to be, or the title, or the combination. I think that every designer, artist, [or] photographer has recurring threads, recurring obsessions that therefore by definition may recur. But it’s not purposeful or conscious. I think I notice things in my work that reoccur, and then I think maybe I don’t. I’m not sure whether I know. I don’t have any particular thing about eyes, more than I do anything about beds or water, all of which you might say feature in my work. But girls feature in my work as well. Mountains feature in my work. Sculptures. Animals, particularly animals. I do a lot more animals more than I do eyes.

ZG: You mention beds — there’s a bed on the other album cover that you did for The Cranberries, which is Wake Up and Smell the Coee. Do you remember the design process for that album?

Storm: They were telling me that they thought the album was a return to simpler, fresher styles. A bit like “wake up, wake up” — the title of the album. So I imagined granules of coee or the “atoms” of coee going up the stairs to the bedroom, waking you up. I like the smell of coee myself. So I imagined them bouncing or riding up the stairs to wake me in my bed in the morning. Coee granules are quite small so it doesn’t really interest me. I like big things. So they turn into cranberries, and then the cranberries turn into large gym balls. You know, the kind of balls you exercise on?

ZG: That’s what I thought they looked like, but I wasn’t sure.

Storm: Well, that’s what they are. They’re supposed to be cranberries, metaphorically. So the granules of coee, or the “atoms” of coee, or the “atoms” of cranberries, or the “cranberry atoms” are coming to wake you up with the music.

ZG: Now you did an interesting thing with that album, and that is that the band released four dierent covers in dierent regions of the world. Was that a result of alternate covers?

Storm: No, apparently the Japanese like to have a dierent cover, I didn’t know why.

ZG: Yeah, they like having bonus things…

Storm: Yeah, something like that. It’s all beyond me. Record company shenanigans, I don’t know what it all means. I just tend to supply what I’m asked to supply, as long as I’m told upfront. I can’t supply all sorts of versions if I don’t know what’s going on. I need to prepare for it.

We actually shot this picture on a grass landscape and a sandy beach. But the sandy beach is much more spectacular because the balls didn’t really bounce well on grass.

ZG: You’re doing several exhibitions around the world of all your art. Why did you choose this point in your career to do something like that?

Storm: Well, no, I started about five years ago. It started about five years ago — somebody asked me to do an exhibition in Japan, so I agreed. The thing that was dierent then was that it was a graphic exhibition. The ones I do now tend to be fine art exhibitions, print exhibitions. I think it’s just what designers do, really. Musicians play gigs. This is my version of a gig. This all happened by chance, because somebody asked me. The first two exhibitions I did were in Japan. They were great! I really enjoyed those. After I did two or three there, I thought, “Hmm, that was interesting. I’ll do some more.” So that’s what we’re doing.

ZG: I guess a favorite topic that people like to ask you about is Pink Floyd. Do you ever get tired of talking about Pink Floyd and say, “I have other art that I’d like to talk about”?

Storm: I thought you were ringing me up about The Cranberries!

ZG: I was, but…

Storm: I don’t get tired, no. I did some very nice pieces with the Floyd, I think.

ZG: I think so.

Storm: I’ve no time to talk to you about that now. That’ll have to be another interview… mostly because we’re trying to wrap up some work here and get out the door… It’s what we call clocking otime here. Let me ask you a question: What’s happening to The Cranberries? Are they not together?

ZG: That’s a good question. Dolores is putting out a solo album next year. Noel has already put out his own solo album last year under the name Mono Band.

Storm: “Mono Band”? What’s it like?

ZG: It’s interesting. For his first album, he actually got several dierent vocalists to do it. One in particular, a British guy by the name of Richard Walters. Anyway, I quite like it, no surprise. It hasn’t been released in CD format outside of Ireland yet. As for the band themselves, God only knows. They said they were going on temporary hiatus for awhile, but there’s really been no news on that front.

Storm: Maybe they’ve broken up then.

ZG: De facto, they are. It’s kind of sad. [Editor’s note: extreme understatement]

Storm: Sad, really.

ZG: Well, Dolores and Noel have both said that they want to reconvene at some point. They say they’re on amicable terms so I guess nothing’s ruled out for the future.

Storm: We’ll keep our fingers crossed. OK Alex, I’m going to adjourn for now.

ZG: OK, I know you’re very busy. Thank you very much, Storm.

Storm: I’m very tired too, I’m afraid. Take care of yourself.

Special thanks to Robin and Nina at Media Bitch (we love that name, BTW) for help in arranging our interview with Storm.

Storm Thorgerson album art exhibits on tour

October 1, 2006  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson album art exhibits on tour  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer and photographer behind The Cranberries’ Bury the Hatchet and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee covers (not to mention Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and a whole lot more) will be putting his iconic artwork on tour this fall in art galleries around the world.

An Art of Pink Floyd exhibit is already ongoing at the Gifted Images Gallery in New York and will last until October 13th. Meanwhile, the largest exhibition ever of Thorgerson’s art (Pink Floyd and otherwise) will open this Thursday, October 5th, in Birmingham, UK. Check the list below for more dates.

You can find out more and browse a number of limited edition prints made specially for this tour at the Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson website.

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Abandoned Pools writes song for Dolores

September 26, 2006  |  Comments Off on Abandoned Pools writes song for Dolores  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Abandoned Pools, the alias of singer-songwriter Tommy Walter, writes on his MySpace that he has penned a song for Dolores O’Riordan called “Twilight.” He writes:

I wrote a song for Dolores O’Riordan (formerly of the Cranberries). We share a manager. I like it a lot and I think that if she doesn’t use it then I’ll release it as an AP song. It’s tentatively titled ‘Twilight’ and is in the same vein as ‘The Catalyst’.

You can listen to the song “The Catalyst” on Abandoned Pools’ MySpace.

“Stars” Re-enters Spanish Top 100 Charts

September 22, 2006  |  Comments Off on “Stars” Re-enters Spanish Top 100 Charts  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Four years after The Cranberries released their greatest hits compilation, Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002, the album unexpectedly re- entered the Spanish album charts last week.

Despite having no promotion, Stars re-entered at No. 100 for the week of September 4th-10th. Other greatest hits offerings by Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Abba, and Texas also re-entered the charts that week.

The chart re-entry suggests that the album continues to have steady sales, especially in Spain, where The Cranberries have always had a strong fan base.

Thanks to supervago for the news.

Dolores to build new recording studio in Howth home

September 19, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores to build new recording studio in Howth home  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has added plans to build a home recording studio to a list of amenities for a new home in Howth, Dublin.

In addition, she and her husband reached an amicable agreement with neighbors to go ahead with plans, according to the September 10th Irish edition of the Sunday Times.

Dolores’s original plans to build a new oceanfront home there met with privacy concerns from neighbors. Grocery chain owner Feargal Quinn in particular expressed concern that the views from the house’s third floor balcony would give a too-close-for-comfort view into his home.

O’Riordan’s architect met with Quinn to resolve this, and now Quinn fully supports the plans. In addition, Dolores plans to double the size of the house, and move it three meters north, towards nearby Ceanchor Road. Dolores now plans to add an extra 4,000 square feet to the existing 5,500- foot plans. The new features will include the home studio, guest rooms, swimming pool, gym, and sauna.

If there are any Irish visitors reading this who can get ahold of the Sept. 10th issue, it includes a picture of Dolores on the inside page of the Homes section, and we would love to have scans.

Dolores: Solo Now Slated for 2007

September 10, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores: Solo Now Slated for 2007  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan recently told a fan — while shopping for bras! — that her solo debut is now delayed until 2007.

A blogger named Beth at birdnameddinah spotted Dolores in a lingerie shop called La Senza in Dolores’s part-time home of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. According to Beth, Dolores was “TOTALLY gracious and introduced me to her daughter.”

The blog writer also managed to get an autograph. You can read the account and see the autograph over at birdnameddinah [or click here]

Dolores Will Get a €50K for All Her Pane

September 8, 2006  |  Comments Off on Dolores Will Get a €50K for All Her Pane  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan and her husband Don Burton have won a lawsuit against a Limerick window company, the UK’s The Sun reports.

The Burtons hired Four Seasons Conservatories, a company run by brothers Brian and Anthony Fitzgerald to do work in the couple’s Killmallock home before it sold in 2004. However, the job was unsatisfactory and the Burtons ended up taking the matter to court.

Now the brothers must pay 46,582 Euro ($59,000 US) to the couple, which includes a hefty 35,155 Euro in legal fees.

Anthony Fitzgerald said, “We have gone through with appeals but that is too late now. This only started out as a small amount of money originally.”

Source: The Sun (UK)

Cardigans Singer Talks About Girl-Fronted Bands

September 6, 2006  |  Comments Off on Cardigans Singer Talks About Girl-Fronted Bands  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Cardigans singer Nina Persson mentioned The Cranberries in a forum posttoday about female-fronted bands. Persson said she’s never met Dolores O’Riordan or Gwen Stefani, singers to whom she is sometimes compared. But she added that music marketers put major pressure on female band leaders to break out into solo careers, and that there seems to be a major difference in the way solo females are viewed versus women who lead bands. Here’s what she wrote:

Hello friends,

What you’re discussing here is so familiar! I think the problem is that there are still so few ladies out there. The similarity between us and No Doubt I guess is that we are bands with ladies singing, trying to keep it being a band. When it turns into big business though, companies seem to think that you need to narrow the visual part down to one person.

Women who choose to do solo efforts all the way seem to be considered a different category, I don’t understand why. I’m a fan of No Doubt and (maybe more) Gwen Stefani. And I still think that being in a band is the best schooling you get these days, if you wanna do music.

I have never met Gwen or the Cranberries girl. But I’ve met millions of sweet guys and girls in bands. Check out my MySpace-site for A Camp, that’s one way for me to hook up with people!!

Yours, Nina

Thanks to Scott for the news.

The Cranberries Press