More “Star” impressions 3

June 13, 2002  |  Comments Off on More “Star” impressions 3  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We’ve got yet more impressions of “Star,” performed Wednesday night in Atlanta, GA, these coming courtesy of Gambit455 and (yet more from) Paul Beardsley, who attended Wednesday night’s show:

The concert in Atlanta was great!! I truly enjoyed it …every bit. She talked to the audience a great deal more than she did in 99 in Manassas, VA at the Nissan Pavilion. She apologized for not being there on the 30th. And, said thank you to the audience for coming back. She talked about the weather, mentioned how she had an ex-boyfriend from Atlanta who talked and said ‘ya’ll’. The crowd laughed. She dedicated Zombie to the Americans and said how bad terrorism is. And also mentioned she was taking her children to EuroDisney on their break after Atlanta. She called Taylor her ‘little man’. Also, Dolores’ voice was spectacular. She did wonderful … If there was an exception it had to be Time Is Ticking Out. It seemed the band was a bit off when playing that one.

 

But the new song was excellent. At the beginning, I tried to figure out if they were improvising on an old song but they weren’t…I turned to my sis and said “Oh my God…It’s a new song”. And it rocked!! It was a really great song. I loved it… Not just because I’m a Cran fan. But I enjoyed it very much. I liked the part which goes “I’ll take you just the way you are”… and the beginning starts “The stars are out tonight…” and it has a real catchy tune, like the official website says. I don’t think it sounds like When You’re Gone at all, as previously stated. At the end, Dolores stated “That’s a brand new one. We’ve never played it before”.

 

The outfits were cute. The stage was perfect. The audience loved it (especially Linger and DREAMS!! < everyone stood at dreams. It was a fantastic concert – well worth the 5 hour drive both times…hehe 🙂

 

“Gambit455@aol.com”

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“About “Star”, with all the action going on at the concert, I really couldn’t give an honest review. I was totally thrilled to be hearing new material, but without hearing the song a couple times, I can’t really say how good it was. It’s kinda like when I bought BTH and thought that I had wasted money. Now it’s one of my favorite Cranberries albums. Same with WUASTC.

 

The Concert:
“You’ll know IT”
We, my son Patrick and I, arrived at the park about 3:00 PM. The gates were wide open so we walked in and checked out my seat for the concert. I was impressed, row 7 seat 15 in the pit! We left soon after this to avoid being thrown out. After a quick trip to gas the car, I decided to scout for a good parking spot. I noticed a white van in my rear view mirror as I was driving past the rear entrance to the park. I was told later that the band had been in that vehicle. Damn! Missed them! Around 5:00 PM the soundcheck started and I heard Analyze! WOW! This was going to be good!
We met some really nice people before the show that I need to mention. Kenny was a trip in his beanie cap. And the other “10 year” fan whose name I failed to get. We had a great time discussing past and future CB hits. The entire band was AWESOME!!!!!!! Fergal appeared to be putting everything he had into his drums. He really appeared to be getting into it. Noel was on the other side of the stage from me so I didn’t get the whole effect of his performance. Mike, “DO IT MIKE!!”, was right on! He was directly in front of my seat for the entire night. Dolores was a real treat!!!! She really puts on a great show! If you’ve never seen her in person, you’re missing a real GEM! Her vocals were Outstanding! With so much going on, it’s like the whole concert was a dream. I was really rockin… Hearing “Star” was the highpoint because I’d been watching the setlists from all the past shows and had never seen a deviation anything like this! All of the songs were perfect in my opinion. It would have been a perfect night if some of the “non-rockers” hadn’t gone to security to have my son (and all the row in front of them) sit down so they could watch the show. Real Losers! EXCELLENT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
I was too slow to get a setlist, damn! But, as the crowds were ushered out, I had a stage hand retrieve a small feather that Dolores had pulled out of the green boa she was wearing during “Pretty”. I’ll place it with my ticket stub in my collection of concert memorabilia.
“I’ve been to a hell of a lot of great concerts in my days, including U2 last May, but The Cranberries in Atlanta were 100 times better than either.
“I wonder if I can find a reason to be in San Francisco next month?

 

“Pb”

Again, if you attended Wednesday night’s gig in Atlanta, please send us your full impressions of the song, including lyrics or anything else you can remember about it! In the meantime, Zombieguide will have more impressions of the song up as soon as possible.

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More “Star” impressions 2

June 13, 2002  |  Comments Off on More “Star” impressions 2  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We’ve got yet more impressions of “Star,” performed last night in Atlanta, GA, these coming courtesy of Paul Beardsley, who attended last night’s show:

“My first impression of the new song (as a Cranberries fan) were great! I knew it was something different when they started playing! But, thinking back about the song, I can’t recall anything that would make it a hit on the current charts…

 

“The concert was awesome!! I’ll try to put something together tonight about it. I tried to get a setlist but was too slow to the stage after the concert. I did manage get some pieces of the green boa ‘D’ wore during ‘Pretty’ .
More to come,
Paul B.”

Again, if you attended last night’s gig in Atlanta, please send us your full impressions of the song, including lyrics or anything else you can remember about it! In the meantime, Zombieguide will have more impressions of the song up as soon as possible.

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More “Star” impressions

June 13, 2002  |  Comments Off on More “Star” impressions  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

We’ve got more impressions of “Star,” performed last night in Atlanta, GA, these coming courtesy of Colin E. Tingle, who attended last night’s show:

“I thought the song was great! The music was good, and the lyrics are just as poetic as their other songs. I don’t know why people are so down on the song, perhaps it’s because it was the first time everyone had heard it. I found it quite good and will become a favorite, in due time.”

Again, if you attended last night’s gig in Atlanta, please send us your full impressions of the song, including lyrics or anything else you can remember about it! In the meantime, Zombieguide will have more impressions of the song up as soon as possible.

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First “Star” impressions

June 13, 2002  |  Comments Off on First “Star” impressions  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Earlier today, Zombieguide reported that the new track “Star” was played publicly for the first time last night in Atlanta, Georgia. Fans’ impressions of the song are trickling in; here’s one from Zombieguide visitor Bella, who posted her thoughts in the forum:

“It’s really not that good. She said it’s a new song, and when they started playing it, I thought it was ‘When You’re Gone.’ It’s the same ol’, same ol’.

 

“It has the whole doo-bop thing going on. And the lyrics are the worst part, “Will you be there, be my star? I never thought you’d get this far.. star, star, star”

 

“Its just like ‘When You’re Gone’…. boring.”

So there you have it — the first report isn’t so positive, but we’ll see what others have to say.
Again, if you attended last night’s gig in Atlanta, please send us your full impressions of the song, including lyrics or anything else you can remember about it! In the meantime, Zombieguide will have more impressions of the song up as soon as possible.

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“Star” performed live in Atlanta!

June 13, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Star” performed live in Atlanta!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It looks like the delayed Atlanta gig was definitely worth the wait. For the first time in several years, The Cranberries have played a previously- unreleased song on tour, according to the setlist posted on the band’s official page. The new song “Star” was sandwiched in the middle of last night’s setlist in Atlanta, Georgia between “How” and “Free to Decide.”

The band began to shy away from playing “new” songs on tour beginning with the Loud And Clear World Tour in 1999, warned by their record company (Island at the time) of bootlegging. In fact, this is the first “unreleased” track on record to be played on tour since 1995 — a time when the band would play up to six or seven “future” songs that were taken from the forthcoming “To The Faithful Departed.” Even the current Wake Up And Smell The Coffee World Tour has been fairly devoid of surprises.

It seems likely that the track will remain in the setlist for the next few gigs for all you lucky fans in Mexico and possibly Europe. Could “New York Skyline” be close behind?

If you attended last night’s gig in Atlanta, please send us your full impressions of the song, including lyrics or anything else you can remember about it! In the meantime, Zombieguide will have fans’ first impressions of the song up as soon as possible.

Source: Cranberries Official Website

Full article from “Reforma”

June 11, 2002  |  Comments Off on Full article from “Reforma”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has translated the full Fergal Lawler interview from Reforma, in which he speaks for the first time about the band’s two new songs, entitled “New York Skyline” and “Star”. Check it out below

The Cranberries dedicate a song to NY
The track will be included in their upcoming “Greatest Hits”
By ALBERTO CASTLE/ Reforma Group

 

City of Mexico (11 June 2002). – The pain that the terrorist attacks on New York, which happened on Sept. 11th of last year, has caused to The Cranberries has become a new song that the Irish band will include in a greatest hits album that will be released this autumn, revealed drummer Fergal Lawler on Monday.

 

“New York Skyline” was written three weeks ago during The Cranberries’ first performance [since the attacks] in the city of New York.

 

In a telephone conference from Puerto Rico, Lawler indicated that song in question, called “New York Skyline”, will try to show the feeling that has permeated in the Great Apple in the nine months since the attacks on the Twin Towers.

 

The musician remembered that their video clip for the track “Analyse” was recalled due to images of airplanes flying over skyscrapers and of a chalk outline of a body on the sidewalk.

 

“Honestly it’s one of the worst videos that we’ve ever done, the director didn’t get the idea of what we wanted. That video came out four weeks before the attacks, and once we saw the similarity with the attacks, we decided to recall it so that we didn’t hurt anyone in such terrible times.”

 

“‘New York Skyline’ was written three weeks ago when we had our first performance in the city since the attacks. The song speaks a little bit about how the spirit of New York is nowadays,” he said.

 

Scheduled to arrive in Mexico in two weeks with the Wake Up And Smell The Coffee World Tour (25 and 26 of June in the National Auditorium, and the 28 in the Benito Juárez Auditorium in Guadalajara), Lawler added that the compilation disc will contain all of the radio hits of their career, and in addition to “New York…”, it will include “Star,” another unpublished song.

 

According to the companion of Dolores O’Riordan (vocals), Noel Hogan (guitar) and Mike Hogan (bass), the difference between the next disc and the box of 4 albums titled “Treasures Box,” is that the box contains no previously-unreleased material.

 

“When we record an album, we usually record 19 or 20 songs and only choose 14 [for the album], so there are always excess tracks. Bury the Hatchet even took a second disc to contain all the extra songs.”

 

“Actually, the box came about so that fans could have all our songs, the published ones, the unpublished ones, and B-sides.”

Source: Reforma

New song titles revealed!!

June 11, 2002  |  Comments Off on New song titles revealed!!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has just learned that The Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler has just divulged the titles to the two new tracks currently being recorded with Stephen Street. The reported titles for the two new songs are “New York Skyline” and “Star”. The information reportedly comes from an interview given to a Mexican newspaper, while the band is currently in Puerto Rico at the moment.

Fergal noted that “New York Skyline” was written about the horrendous terrorist attacks on American soil last September — a topic which Dolores told Edge 102 late last year that she had already written some songs about.

Dolores told the Canadian station in November, “There’s been a couple of songs actually that have definitely been affected or influenced by what happened, you know? So hopefully you’ll see those kinds of things next year. As I said, I didn’t want to kind of run out, jumping on stage singing all that stuff, which is the one route one can take, but I just personally felt safer at home and just felt that’s where we should be. So if you get inspired to write lovely songs or whatever, then good, you know, whatever.”

Fergal did not give any further information about “Star” beyond its title.

The full article is in Spanish we’ll have a translation as soon as possible!

Major thanks to Ana Paola Espinoza Medina for the news.

Source: Reforma

Exclusive: “Anything” demo downloads

June 10, 2002  |  Comments Off on Exclusive: “Anything” demo downloads  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The year was 1989 and in the town of Limerick, Ireland, a novice group collectively known as “The Cranberry Saw Us,” were putting together some tracks to put down as a demo tape. The four — Niall Quinn, singer; Noel Hogan, guitarist; Mike Hogan, bassist; and Fergal Lawler, drums — were only teenagers with an average age of 16.

As the end of the year approached, however, Niall was becoming concerned about the time he invested in the band. In his mind, he was firstly and primarily a drummer for The Hitchers. He wanted to be sure that his reputation would remain that way and he wouldn’t become instead “the singer for The Cranberry Saw Us.” Mike, Noel, and Fergal were also anxious to record a demo of their new mass of songs. Niall remembers: “The lads were gung ho to book a day in Xeric Studios and record a few songs. I was a bit hesitant if only for the simple reason that I couldn’t afford it. The plan was for each of us to chip in fifty quid which would be enough to get us a day. Truthfully they may as well have been asking me to chip in fifty million. I didn’t have it and had little way of raising it. In the end I managed to scrape £25 together and that was through calling in a lot of favors.”

The band booked January 7th, 1990 at Xeric Studios and recorded their first and only demo, titled “Anything,” the title being an alluding tribute to the English guitar band Ride. The art to the demo was hand-done by Noel, who ironically misspelled “Cranberry” (as “Cranbery”).

To read more about the early ‘Sauce, visit Zombieguide’s Ultimate Bio or check out our Interview with Niall Quinn, taken this past January.

We want to take this time to thank Mr. Quinn for sending us these files to share with you! So without further delay, click below (Link no longer available) to download the full version of The Cranberry Saw Us’ first demo, “Anything” with vocals by Niall Quinn.

“Anything” Demo by The Cranberry Saw Us, 1990
1. Throw Me Down a Big Stairs (MP3, 1.8 mb)
2. How’s It Going to Bleed? (MP3, 2.8 mb)
3. Storm In a Teacup (MP3, 2.6 mb)
4. Good Morning God (MP3, 2.0 mb)

Click here to visit the Media Vault to download these archived tracks! (Link no longer available)

Additionally, we have lyrics transcribed for all of the songs, so click below(Link no longer available):

“Throw Me Down a Big Stairs” lyrics (coming soon)
“How’s It Going to Bleed?” lyrics
“Storm in a Teacup” lyrics
“Good Morning God” lyrics
(Note that the lyrics aren’t exactly right at the moment, so they will be updated as needed. If you have corrections/suggestions, email them to alex@zombieguide.com)

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“Best of MTV Unplugged” image, tracks

June 9, 2002  |  Comments Off on “Best of MTV Unplugged” image, tracks  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide reported days ago that The Cranberries are featured on a new “The Very Best of MTV Unplugged” compilation in Europe. We now have the full tracklisting and scans, thanks to Pedro Miguel Gomes Augusto of Cranberries-PT.

1. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
2. Alanis Morissette – Ironic
3. R.E.M – Losing my Religion
4. Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough
5. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
6. Page & Plant – Gallows Pole
7. Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
8. Paul Simon – Mrs Robison
9. Annie Lenox – Here Comes the Rain Again
10. Paul McCartney – Every Night
11. Rod Stewart – Tonights the Night
12. The Cranberries – Linger
13. Kd Lang – Constant Craving
14. The Corrs – What Can I Do
15. Seal – Kiss from a Rose
16. Live – Lightning Crashes
17. Noel Gallagher – Don’t Look Back in Anger
18. Sting – Walking on the Moon

Additionally, the CD will be released in the UK tomorrow, June 10th.
We’ll have more info on this CD as it arrives, so check back.

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The Cranberries to perform in Monaco late July

June 9, 2002  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to perform in Monaco late July  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

French music mega-site FNAC has begun selling tickets for a Cranberries gig in Monaco, France for July 30th and 31st at The Sporting Club.

Monaco is considered one of the most affluent areas of France, and because of it, tickets are a whopping 50,50 € (approx. $48 US) for the concert alone and 97,50 € ($92 US) for the concert and a dinner.

The date comes as the third European tour date announced for this summer. Although the official site has yet to confirm all of these dates, a summer Euro tour seems almost certain.

Thanks to Stéphane for the news.

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Crans to appear on “International Sanremo” comp

June 9, 2002  |  Comments Off on Crans to appear on “International Sanremo” comp  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ live performance of “Analyse” will be featured on the Italian release of “International Sanremo 2002” this week. The band performed the song at the annual concert back in March, which was broadcasted live nationally in Italy. The disc will be released on June 11th in Italy. Those willing enough to seek it out are recommended to import!

If anyone can get some better scans of this release, be sure to send them our way.

1. Lacrime Dalla Luna by Gianluca Grignani
2. In Your Eyes by Kylie Minogue
3. Ricomincerei by Gianni Fiorellino
4. Overprotected by Britney Spears
5. Casamia by Timoria
6. Vive el Verano by Paulina Rubio
7. Doppiamente Fragili by Anna Tatangelo
8. Only a Woman Like You by Michael Bolton
9. Il Passo Silenzioso Della Neve by Valentina Giovagnini
10. Analyse by The Cranberries
11. Tracce Di Te by Francesco Renga
12. Out of Reach by Gabrielle
13. Somethin’ Stupid by Nicole Kidman
14. Get Up! by Beverley Knight
15. Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
16. Calling by Geri Halliwell
17. Brown Skin by India Arie

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Exclusive: remastered album release dates

June 4, 2002  |  Comments Off on Exclusive: remastered album release dates  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Earlier today, Universal Music updated their Business-to-Business-only Extranet site with some new information regarding the new individual album re-releases, information which Zombieguide was able to obtain. According to the new catalogues, the remastered re-releases of “Everybody Else…” through “Bury the Hatchet” will hit store shelves in North America on July 30th. The new remastered albums are simply individual, separate releases of the four CDs found in the newly-released Treasure Box boxed set. It was originally believed that these individual releases would not be out until fall.

The new remastered albums, which contain all of the B-sides from that album’s recording, will replace the original issues of the albums, which are now out of print. Cassettes of the original releases will still be available in their original form. You read it here first on Zombieguide!

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RARE “London Underworld 1991” downloads!

June 3, 2002  |  Comments Off on RARE “London Underworld 1991” downloads!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Mediocre gear and squalid touring conditions heightened the problems and shows suffered as a result. When the band arrived in London to play their first gig after signing to Island, at The Camden Underworld, the media were not impressed. The show was crammed with industry insiders, and you could count the number of ‘normal’ punters on one hand, a sign that the band were indeed very big news in a very small world

wrote Mick Carran about the band’s performance in London on November 14, 1991.

[We were] four timid little teenagers, front person standing sideways like a statue, afraid to budge in case she tripped in fell. We weren’t performers at that stage, but it was the potential they saw

Dolores later recalled about their early live set, seen typically at the London ’91 gig.

Luckily for us, one of the “industry insiders” in London snuck a videocamera into The Camden Underground in late 1991 to capture the young band on film. As a result, the very first known Cranberries live recording was born. The video is a rarity, even among collectors — where one devoted fan reportedly paid well over $100 US to obtain an early-generation version of the video.

Apart from a scarce collection of the band’s early songs — including all four tracks of the “Uncertain” EP performed live — the bootleg contains another very desirable feature. The band performs an unknown song halfway through the gig. Dolores does introduce the song, but the audio quality is so poor that her words are not audible. It has been suggested that this is Niall Quinn’s “My Granny Drowned in a Fountain on Lourdes,” but given the quirky early The Cranberry Saw Us’ style, this is almost certainly false. The track has not appeared on any other Cranberries recording known to surface.

The Untitled track is considered one of the rarest Cranberries tracks known to exist, and Zombieguide is proud to present it in its entirety for download! (Link no longer available)

· Them (Live at The Camden Underworld, London, November 14, 1991) (MP3, 2.1 mb)
· Nothing Left At All (Live at The Camden Underworld, London, November 14, 1991) (MP3, 2.6 mb)
· Iosa (Live at The Camden Underworld, London, November 14, 1991) (MP3, 2.7 mb)
· Uncertain (Live at The Camden Underworld, London, November 14, 1991) (MP3, 2.0 mb)
· Pathetic Senses (Live at The Camden Underworld, London, November 14, 1991) (MP3, 2.3 mb)

(Please note that these are encoded at a low bitrate due to the low quality of the original source. The quality lost is negligable.)

Is this your first time hearing this untitled Cranberries song?
Post your thoughts about it on the Zombieguide Discussion Forums!
And now, below, view some exclusive images taken from the video of the early concert.

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Summer dates for Spain, France

June 2, 2002  |  Comments Off on Summer dates for Spain, France  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Several various sources in Europe have reported upcoming Cranberries tour dates on the continent, and all of the accounts match up very well.

Days ago, a newspaper in Málaga, Spain reported that the band would be playing in the city this summer. Now, with a little bit of research, it has been discovered that the tentative date for this show is July 24th, with Australian Blonde as the opening act.

French ticket site TicketNet has just posted yet another tour listing, this time for July 28th at the Theatre Antique in Vienne, France, which will be a summer festival. The site is currently selling seats at a price of 36 Euro.

In related tour news, Dolores told a sold-out crowd in Vienna, VA, last week that the band would be returning to North America in a brief period of time. “We’re not lying this time!” she joked with the crowd, as Dolores has made many such promises to audiences in the past with little follow-up. There’s no information of exactly when the band will be returning to North America after the current tour, but if MCA is smart, perhaps they’ll return this fall to promote the upcoming “greatest hits” disc.

Is another Euro tour on schedule? The Magic Eight Ball says, “Signs point to yes!”
Thanks to Stéphane for the tip.

Partial Source: Cranberries of Prat

“This Is The Day Of Barcelona” bootleg scans

June 2, 2002  |  Comments Off on “This Is The Day Of Barcelona” bootleg scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Yet another bootleg of the March 15th Barcelona, Spain gig has been released under the title “This Is The Day Of Barcelona.” Spanish site Cranberries of Prat was able to get ahold of some scans of the new boot, which is basically a variant of Barcelona 2002 and Wake Up Barcelona.

Disc 1:
1. Wake Up And Smell The Coffee
2. Zombie
3. Analyse
4. Time Is Ticking Out
5. Animal Instinct
6. You And Me
7. Ode To My Family
8. Just My Imagination
9. Loud And Clear
10. Desperate Andy
11. Pretty
12. When You’re Gone
13. I Can’t Be With You
14. Waltzing Back
15. Free To Decide
16. Salvation
17. Ridiculous Thoughts

Disc 2:
18. Promises
19. Linger
20. I Really Hope
21. This Is The Day
22. Dreams

Source: Cranberries of Prat

Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: the flashlight

June 2, 2002  |  Comments Off on Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: the flashlight  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

So you say you want another perspective on Zombieguide’s pilgrimage to Wolf Trap?  No? Too bad! Here’s more impressions of the show, this time from my amigo Chris, who attened the Meet and Greet and was my helper monkey with taking pictures, etc.

Hey everyone. I’m Chris; Alex’s friend who went to the Baltimore Mistletoe Meltdown. After coming back from Wolf Trap, let me just say one word. Wow. The whole experience was absolutely amazing. The concert was really great! The set list was especially good for someone like me with limited knowledge of songs by The Cranberries. The lighting was great, the songs were fantastic, and seeing Dolores up close dancing was pretty damn awesome. One thing that I found kind of odd however, was the lack of people standing in the crowd. I’ll note that I didn’t really stand up much until half way through, but I don’t think more than 5-10 people in the rows in front of us even stood until the final song. Dolores made many attempts to get people to stand up, even by taunting us, to no avail.

 

During some of the more electrifying songs, Alex and I, two of the probable ten people in the whole audience who had glow sticks would wave them at Dolores. During one song while we were doing so, she held out the microphone in our direction and winked. That was really awesome! As for the show, it was one of the most exciting times I’ve had in a long while.

 

However, there was an event Alex and I took part in prior to the show. This of course was the “Meet and Greet”. Around 7pm, about an hour and a half before the Meet and Greet, Alex and I experience a few looks when talking about meeting The Cranberries. We even had two ladies come up to us and freak out. I think they got the impression that Zombieguide was handing out Meet and Greets. We didn’t bother to explain it, so oh well. We then of course met board member Yusef. After some waiting around, and discovering are awesome seats (which were in the fourth row, only a couple of seats left from direct center), we met up with Yusef again, his friend, and two other ladies who had meet and greets also. We spent a good twenty minutes sitting in a nice little lobby section by the entrance to the dressing room. After Alex, Yusef, and the other two ladies talked about Cranberries stuff that I simply had no idea about, I saw Dolores lead the band in. Alex then scream “Oh My…” After Alex and Yusef and the ladies shook Dolores’s hand and gave her a hug, they moved on to talk to others. It was at this time I was standing by Dolores and we casually said “Hi” to each other. By now, most of you may think I was undeserving, but I’ll be the first one to admit it. After handing her my ticket and asking for her autograph, the nervousness kicked in and I muttered a choking “Thanks!!”

 

Most of my meet and greet was spent taking pictures for Zombieguide. It was then, that I saw Don, Dolores’s husband. I swear that for one second, I had mistaken him for wrestling superstar and legend, Hollywood Hulk Hogan. After slightly laughing to myself, I tried to get a picture of Dolores signing Alex’s poster. I was unable to do this however, as Don was always within five feet of Dolores and just gave me a blank stare. This image came to my mind, as I pondered whether of not to ask him to move please.

 

I thought it best not to ask him to move. He looked rather threatening. After Alex got all of his autographs, I handed him the camera back and then mingled with the band. Standing next to Fergal, he greeted me with a “Hi Again”. I shook his hand and apologized that we didn’t have any soiled napkins from $20 Super Dogs for him to sign. He just smiled and replied, “That’s good!”

 

After a minute or two, I went over to gather up the “swag” that we didn’t get signed, when suddenly; Don was coming after me with his flashlight!

 

All he said to me first was “Move’, while waving his flashlight around. I gave him a scared and confused look when he said again in a nicer tone, “You’re gonna have to move out of the way so you can take a picture of the band”. I suppose I am being hard on Don though. After all, what are we to him than just some snot-nosed little brats that want to get near his wife? After saying goodbye to the band, we were quickly led up to the ground floor again and back to our seats. It seemed like “meet and greets” are very nerve racking for the people in charge of protecting the band.

 

Well, that was it. I can definitely say that this was better than the Mistletoe Meltdown; however there was the lack of excitement of chasing down a bus to get a signature, as well as the time of near solitude given for a short interview. All in all, it was a great experience that I can’t wait to experience again!

 

One last word, sorry for the unprofessional pictures. My hand was shaking with nervousness like crazy; so much that I barely could hold down the button half way on the camera to focus it without taking a picture.

New French-only “TITD” promo

June 2, 2002  |  Comments Off on New French-only “TITD” promo  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

MCA France has released another version of the “This Is The Day” promo as a France-only release. The promo contains only one track, but does flaunt some variation in artwork over the previous release. The art seen on this version of the single mirrors the album cover art for “Wake Up” in Europe.

Source: Exclusive

Crans on “Very Best of Unplugged” comp

June 2, 2002  |  Comments Off on Crans on “Very Best of Unplugged” comp  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

According to a major Portuguese music news site, MTV in Portugal has released a brand new compilation earlier this week on May 27th. The disc, titled “The Very Best of MTV Unplugged,” features a variety of artists including Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Sting, The Corrs, and of course, The Cranberries. The Cranberries’ featured track is “Linger”, which was included in their Valentine’s Day 1995 performance in New York for MTV Unplugged. We’ll let you know as soon as images of the new release are available!

Source: Cranberries-PT

Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: Merchandise report

May 31, 2002  |  Comments Off on Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: Merchandise report  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Of course no concert is complete without raiding the Merchandise Booth. Take a look at some of the fine wares being offered on the current tour. Note that we’ll try to remember prices as best as we can, but some may only be approximate.

Tour Poster: $5
It’s small, granted, but the tour posters were the only venue-specific items at the show, even though I didn’t realize it right away. Each mini-poster includes the show’s city, venue, and date at the bottom, making it an ideal momento of the concert.

Glow Stick: $5
Snap it in half and get a bright fluorescent glow that lasts for several hours and can been seen from a pretty good distance. They are connectable, so you can stock up and really put on a show in the crowd. Don’t be afraid to crack it too early — ours lasted for well over 12 hours (with some refrigeration). Although surprisingly, not too many people in the audience seemed to have one. Also, beware the graphic is only a sticker so it can and does wear if you’re shaking it around a good bit (as you can see by the picture).

Laminate Lanyard: $12
Impress your friends with your pseudo-backstage pass! Simply open up the plastic, pull out the wax paper, stick in your ticket stub, and seal. But don’t expect to actually go anywhere with it — it says “NO BACKSTAGE ACCESS” directly under where the ticket goes. (Autographs not included, of course.)

T-Shirt: $25
Ok, so it’s not the most original thing in the world, but there’s nothing more classic than a concert tee. There were several designs available (only one seen above), including a tan “circles” motif and a gray athletic-type shirt with long sleeves cut short (may have been a ladies’ shirt).

Tourbook/Program: $10
One of the most worthwhile things (highly recommended) to pick up was the tourbook. There’s ten pages (front and back, including cover) filled with some great pictures, although not a whole lot of reading material. However, it’s our favorite item at the moment, so be sure to pick one up.

Sorry we couldn’t show you everything, but there are several other items worth mentioning. First is the “condom keychain” ($8) — a blue hollow keychain with a Cranberries logo, filled with, well you can figure the rest out. The backpack is small and simple, so you may not want to use it for carrying around your massive college textbooks. A hooded fleece was also available, although we admittedly didn’t get a very good look at it.

Also, one last tip: we heard on our way out that several items were sold out by the end of the show. It’s a good idea to hit the booth early, not to mention to avoid the after-show rush.

Source: Exclusive

More “Wake Up And Smell The Zombies” scans

May 31, 2002  |  Comments Off on More “Wake Up And Smell The Zombies” scans  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide has received more scans and info regarding the newly-released “Wake Up And Smell The Zombies” bootleg. The new 2-disc “Wake Up And Smell The Zombies” contains 24 tracks recorded at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany on March 31, 2002.

Apparently, although the liner notes are printed in New Zealand (where so- called “Apple Records” is located), the discs themselves are printed in Japan. Anywho, take a gander below.

Thanks to Sander van Duijvenbode for the scans.

Source: Exclusive

Articles in “Where Washington” + “Center Lines”

May 31, 2002  |  Comments Off on Articles in “Where Washington” + “Center Lines”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

While in Vienna, VA for this week’s Wolf Trap gig, Zombieguide was fortunate enough to pick up two local magazines in the Washington, DC area, each with an article on The Cranberries.
Below are “Where Washington” (with an announcement about the concert) and Wolf Trap’s in-house magazine called “Center Lines” which has a 4-page article on the band.


Source: Exclusive

Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: Meet & Greet

May 29, 2002  |  Comments Off on Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: Meet & Greet  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Zombieguide was on hand last night at The Cranberries’ performance at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, and needless to say, we have much to share. Wolf Trap, the only National Park in the United States dedicated to the performing arts, was a packed house — lawn seating was completely sold out, while pavillion seating was at near-capacity with the exception of the distant balconies.

While the opening band, the Kickovers (“from Boston, Mass,” as they frequently reminded us) were finishing their set, we stood in the designated area with the small group of lucky Meet and Greet’ers (six total). Sett, the band’s tour manager came out to meet us and led us through heavy security to a nice open social area backstage. We sat and waited for nearly fifteen or twenty minutes as crew members and miscellaneous staff hustled about. After some idle Cran-chat with Shannon (webmaster of the most excellent Cranberries E-Mail Newsletter) and Yusef (a fellow Zombieguide Discussion Boards member), Dolores & Co. walked through the double doors behind us.

As could be expected, we all jumped up, said our “hellos”.
Thankfully, everyone in the group was very familiar with Zombieguide and we received some humbly-accepted compliments. “Nice to see you again!” Fergal greeted me, while my friend Chris later told him, “Sorry we don’t have any dirty napkins for you to sign this time.”

“That’s good” he chuckled.

And finally I was able to meet the incredible Dolores O’Riordan in person. Life goals? Check! What is there to say? She’s ten times as beautiful in person as in any picture, and needless to say, I was a bit awestruck.

After what seemed like only about four or five minutes maximum, the band stood against the wall for a last-minute group shot. After that, they were off, out the door. We gathered our things and exited the Stage Door to hear the first beats of “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee” — the band was already on stage. We rushed back to our seats.

Expect much more from the Vienna gig later tonight and in the coming days!

Source: Exclusive

Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: The show

May 29, 2002  |  Comments Off on Zombieguide @ Wolf Trap: The show  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

And what a show it was! It seems to me that Cranberries concerts are a variety of fine wines that get better with a little age; each one I go to is better than the last.

The show started with a punctual “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” a stellar kickoff to a whopping 27-song set, including some major crowd-pleasers, most notably “Ode to My Family,” “Linger,” and “Salvation.”

“You can all stand up now. Rock concerts are good for that, ya know?” Dolores sarcastically taunted the crowd a few songs into the gig — and it would be one of my few complaints as well. It was strange, to put it mildly, to see a half-seated crowd in the middle of “Zombie”. But as expected, it was remedied before the end of the show — no one could take a seat after the uber-energetic performance of “Salvation”.

Wolf Trap is now a personal favorite as far as venues go — the atmosphere was relaxing, spacious, and uncommercialized (as it is, after all, a national park). The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, which is an extremely underrated “plus” when it comes to venue quality (ie no two-ton yellow-shirted Nazis).

As always, it was outstanding and I look forward to the band visiting the DC/VA/MD region again in the near future… and if the “wine” theory holds up, the next time will be even better than the last.

Expect much more from the Vienna gig in the coming days — including a Merchandise Report with several images and the all-important price tags!

Source: Exclusive

Dolores on “Analyse” video: “I thought it sucked!”

May 25, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores on “Analyse” video: “I thought it sucked!”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“I thought it sucked!” Dolores recently told French music channel MCM about the video for “Analyse. I didn’t like the ‘Analyse’ video, I just didn’t like it.”

“It needed more direction” added Fergal.

“I thought it sucked! I didn’t like it” Dolores commented resolutely, adding that she still likes the “Time Is Ticking Out” video, but that “This Is The Day” is (correctly) by far the best of them all.

“We just made a new video” Dolores commented on “This Is The Day. It’s probably one of the best we’ve ever put together, its really good! There’s alot of images of things that people fear… it’s a very psychological video. It’s cool though!”

Click here to watch the entire interview over at MCM. (Link no longer available)
Thanks to Electric Blue for the tip.

Source: MCM

Dolores says new song “Experimental”

May 25, 2002  |  Comments Off on Dolores says new song “Experimental”  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“You’re always experimenting, you know?”

Dolores recently told French music channel MCM, discussing some of the new material they’ve written since “Wake Up”.

“Like, today, we just wrote a new song and it’s really cool. And it’s exciting, just something to look forward to, and the excitement is still there… [along with] the happiness.”

The band plans to release a “Greatest Hits” disc this fall with two new tracks, while a new album is expected for late next year.
Click here to watch the entire interview over at MCM. (Link no longer available)
Thanks to Electric Blue for the tip.

Source: MCM

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