“AYL?” Album of the Month on Fresh Radio

March 3, 2007  |  Comments Off on “AYL?” Album of the Month on Fresh Radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Greek radio station Fresh Radio 95.4 has chosen Dolores O’Riordan’s Are You Listening? as their Album of the Month for March. The station wrote that they have only heard the 5-track promo, but have based their selection on the strength of tracks like “Black Widow” and “Watch the Stars.”

Thanks to Dolitsa for the tip.

Two more new songs on Radio101!

March 2, 2007  |  Comments Off on Two more new songs on Radio101!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Croatia’s Radio101 today aired two absolutely stunning tracks named “Human Spirit” and “When We Were Young” from Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming album Are You Listening?

The forums received an unusually high volume of tra c during today’s broadcast. The DJ gave a special mention to ZG, saying, “Thanks to everyone who was with us tonight. Or, better, [Radio101] would like to say thanks to everyone around the world listening to 40 to 1 countdown, especially Zombieguide Forum. Hello guys! How is it? Big, big, big kisses and warm thoughts to you all around the world.”

“Human Spirit” is the softer of the two tracks, featuring a piano and whistle duet at the beginning that is backed by a shu ing drum droop.

“When We Were Young” is all rock and has huge potential to be a single. Especially shock-inducing are the forced trills at the end of the song that bear an unmistakable homage to the power of Sinead O’Connor’s “Troy” — quite possibly the very best we’ve heard yet from Dolores’s solo material.

At the end of the show, the DJ alluded to a song Dolores recorded on 2003’s Warwick Court demos called “Croatia”: “Hopefully Dolores won’t forget a song called ‘Croatia,’” he said.

Radio101 playing “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser”

March 2, 2007  |  Comments Off on Radio101 playing “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Radio101 of Croatia played two of Dolores O’Riordan’s new songs, “Apple of My Eye” and “Loser,” on their Top 40 countdown last week.

Radio101 is expected to play two more this hour live.
You can listen live here! [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Edit: They played “Linger” and “Dreams” to start the show. They just played “Human Spirit,” a track that has a fast-paced tin whistle and piano introduction before breaking into a more conventional rock style. One more is expected…

BackTrax: O’Riordan paved way for female singers

February 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on BackTrax: O’Riordan paved way for female singers  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

BackTrax, one of the most popular programs on the Philipino TV network Myx, yesterday named Dolores O’Riordan as one of the 16 “women who paved the way for new artists of today to create their own identity and as to serve as an inspiration as well at the same time.” The station played music videos for each artist represented, and also chose 9 Philipino women for the same title. Here’s their list of international artists:

1. TORI AMOS
2. SARAH MCLACHLAN
3. JEWEL
4. FIONA APPLE
5. ALANIS MORISSETTE
6. TRACY CHAPMAN
7. SHAWN COLVIN
8. SHIRLEY MANSON (GARBAGE)
9. DOLORES O’RIORDAN (THE CRANBERRIES)
10. SHERYL CROW
11. THE CARDIGANS
12. PORTISHEAD
13. GWEN STEFANI (NO DOUBT)
14. SINEAD O’CONNOR
15. SAVE FERRIS
16. MOONPOOLS AND CATERPILLARS

Source: Yum03ian

“Ordinary Day” #2 on Croatian radio; #10 in Lebanon

February 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” #2 on Croatian radio; #10 in Lebanon  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

“Ordinary Day” is still #1 on the listeners’ voting charts on Croatia’s largest radio station Otvoreni Radio, but the song has just moved up to #2 on the station’s airplay list — meaning that the song is the second most-played track on the station.

Meanwhile, the song is #28 as a new entry on Radio Cibona, Croatia’s 3rd largest station. You can vote to push the song up both on Otvoreni and Cibona.
In the Middle East, “Ordinary Day” is #10 on the charts on NRJ Lebanon. Thanks to DMode, Sabina, and Leandro.

Scan: “Are You Listening?” 5-track promo CD

February 28, 2007  |  Comments Off on Scan: “Are You Listening?” 5-track promo CD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Radio stations across Europe are receiving 5-track promo CDs for Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming album “Are You Listening?” No word yet on what the included tracks are, though we can assume that the first single “Ordinary Day” is one of them. If you want to take a peek at what it looks like, here it is:

Thanks to Sigma for the tip.

Source: Zegut

Another new hi-res promo photo

February 26, 2007  |  Comments Off on Another new hi-res promo photo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

OldieFreshGyal on the ZG Forums has found another one of Dolores O’Riordan’s new promo photos in generous size on the German MLK tour promotion site. Here it is:

Radio101 in Croatia playing more songs from AYL?

February 24, 2007  |  Comments Off on Radio101 in Croatia playing more songs from AYL?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sabina has written in to say that Croatian rock station Radio101 has started playing more songs from Dolores O’Riordan’s forthcoming album Are You Listening? besides the first single “Ordinary Day.”

If someone can confirm this — including which songs titles are being played — use the links below to email us and let us know!

“Ordinary Day” #1 on Croatian national radio

February 24, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” #1 on Croatian national radio  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan is “calling Croatia” in a big way this week, as her new single “Ordinary Day” has quickly jumped to #1 on Croatia’s biggest rock station, Otvoreni Radio.

Otvoreni Radio was also the first station in the world to play the single. Dolores has currently topped The Killers, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, and Timbaland.

Voting is open to everyone, and you can help keep Dolores in the #1 spot by voting here (click on her name). It’s only 1 click and very easy. You can also vote for Dolores on Radio 101 (click checkbox then “Glasaj”).

Thanks to DMode for the news.

“Ordinary Day” video recorded with Caswell Coggins

February 23, 2007  |  Comments Off on “Ordinary Day” video recorded with Caswell Coggins  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan has already recorded the music video for her debut single “Ordinary Day,” her MySpace reports.

The video was filmed in Prague by Caswell Coggins, who has also done videos for Keane and fellow Irishmen JJ72 — check out his videography here. (Speaking of videographies, visit Mattia’s excellent Cranberries Videography if you haven’t already.)

The MySpace admin writes, “Finishing touches are currently being put on it, and you can expect to see it sometime in mid-March!!”

Two new Dolores O’Riordan promo photos

February 23, 2007  |  Comments Off on Two new Dolores O’Riordan promo photos  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Sanctuary has posted two of Dolores O’Riordan’s brand new promo photos for her upcoming album, both of which come from the same photo shoot as the album’s cover. These will be used in publicity for the album around the world, and we can expect to see more in the coming weeks:

Source: Dolores O’Riordan O cial Site, MySpace

Dolores O’Riordan’s Official Website launches

February 23, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’Riordan’s Official Website launches  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s O cial Website has launched at http://www.doloresoriordan.ie — currently the site contains an updated tour date list, a clip of “Ordinary Day,” and confirmed worldwide release dates for Are You Listening?

If you still have yet to hear Dolores O’Riordan’s debut solo single “Ordinary Day,” you can now listen to it in full on her MySpace profile.

The updated tour schedule is as follows:

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

theHand interprets “Are You Listening?” cover

February 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on theHand interprets “Are You Listening?” cover  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Italian cartoonist theHand (alias Maurizio di Bona) told us in the ZG Forums that he “felt some scribble coming out” after gazing upon the cover of Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album.

theHand, you’ll recall, designed a line of o cial merchandise for The Cranberries’ last tour in 2003 and recently released a compilation book Scarabocchio Ergo Sum that includes those works.

Here’s what he came up with….

You can post feedback in the Forums!

Dolores’s MySpace launches, official bio posted

February 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on Dolores’s MySpace launches, official bio posted  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s o cial MySpace page has launched, complete with a full English biography and profile image. Needless to say, you can become a friend if you haven’t already!
The update reveals a number of tidbits about the album: First, Are You Listening? is due in Japan and Australia on May 21.
Second, Cranberries live guitarist Steve Demarchi’s brother Denny Demarchi has a number of contributions to the album, including: Keyboards, Guitars, Flute, Wind instruments, Backing vocals.
And finally, here is the brand new biography, complete with new quotes from Dolores:

Dolores O’Riordan – songstress, smoldering icon and critically acclaimed voice of The Cranberries – is back. Her first-ever solo LP Are You Listening? is released on Sanctuary Records, May 15th and features the stunning new single “Ordinary Day.” Co- produced by Youth, Dan Broadbeck and engineered by Rich Chycki, the eagerly anticipated album is a 12-track tour de force and marks her first release in four years.
Written and recorded between her homes in Canada and Dublin, the album is a striking return to form, punctuated with angular chords and that crystalline voice. Folk-tinged, electric and deftly powerful, it’s also a relentlessly melodic success. “My time after The Cranberries was a clean slate – no pressure and no contracts,” Dolores enthuses. “It was the first time in my life I was a free agent. I had no inhibitions, which is how I felt when I first started out. That’s all visible here.”
Two of the tracks – “Apple of My Eye” and the forthcoming single “Ordinary Day” – were produced by BRIT Award winner, Youth, whose previous credits include The Verve, Embrace, Primal Scream, U2 and Paul McCartney. “He certainly brought his own vision to the table and softened the tracks without a ecting their integrity or passion.”
Ultimately, the CD was a process inspired by personal experiences, both light and dark. “My mother-in-law died of cancer shortly after I left The Cranberries, which was devastating. It was like watching a beast attack from the inside out, so the song “Black Widow” is a metaphor inspired by that. At the other end of the spectrum ”Apple Of My Eye” was written about my husband and “Ordinary Day” reflects the birth of my third baby, Dakota.”
Other album highlights include the hypnotic “In the Garden,” with its shimmering guitar-rock crescendo, the delicateness of “Watch the Stars,” and “Loser,” which bristles with loops, layered vocals and an instant, razor-sharp hook. “It was a very organic, natural experience.” Dolores adds, “I play guitar and have four fantastic musicians…a great bass player, a stellar drummer and an immaculate guitarist. Once the first 7 songs were penned, we went into the studio and recorded them first. We didn’t rush it. In total, the writing and recording was a four-year period.”
“The album was an awakening for me in my life – a journey that I completed. It’s like I crossed a bridge, which is a great new plateau to be on. My life is so di erent to how it was 10 years ago and there’s a great sense of acceptance. It’s a very exciting time to be releasing music again too. Song-writing is truly coming back.”

Copenhagen venue set, ticket sale info

February 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on Copenhagen venue set, ticket sale info  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

Gaffa confirms that Dolores O’Riordan’s concert in Copenhagen will take place at the Vega on June 11th. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 on February 26 from Billetlugen.dk. If you are skilled in the Danish tongue (Google Translate won’t help us), you can read more details over at Gaffa.

Interview: New band is like “having a new boyfriend”

February 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on Interview: New band is like “having a new boyfriend”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

In an interview recorded during the soundcheck for December’s Monte Carlo Christmas Concert, Dolores O’Riordan told Italian website Music Box that having a new band to back her solo career is like having “a new boyfriend” (!)

Cranberries-fan has posted DivX videos of a very brief interview done for the Italian-based Music Box service. There are also clips of Dolores’s soundcheck of “Away in a Manger.”

Dolores, who sounds a bit under the weather in the video, said, “It’s really quite di erent [from The Cranberries]. It’s more experimental, I suppose. The whole idea was to do something di erent, try di erent things… so hopefully you’ll enjoy it.”

How does Dolores feel about being a solo artist? “It’s cool. It’s not that much di erent — you’ve still got a band playing. It’s exciting, it’s just a new experience. It’s like a new boyfriend or something.”

You can download DivX versions over at Cranberries-fan or watch YouTube versions below
[LINKS NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Universal releases Cranberries Gold Collection DVD

February 22, 2007  |  Comments Off on Universal releases Cranberries Gold Collection DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Universal Music is releasing another budget-priced “greatest hits” collection for The Cranberries in the UK, this time a DVD title called The Cranberries: The Videos, which will be part of their Gold Collection series.

The disc will release on March 5, 2007. You can preorder at Amazon UK. The MSRP is £7.99 (about $16 US) and will contain the following videos:

1. Ode To My Family [USA Radio Version]
2. Salvation
3. Just My Imagination
4. Animal Instinct 5. Dreams
6. Promises
7. Zombie
8. I Can’t Be With You
9. Free To Decide
10. Linger
11. Ridiculous Thoughts
12. When You’re Gone
13. You and Me
14. Analyse [Original Version]
15. Time Is Ticking Out
16. Stars

Thanks to many for the tip.

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

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