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"Festival des Vieilles Charrues" Shots
Source: Bernd Dittrich
The European TV station "Arte" just recently aired a new concert from the 'Berries, recorded at the Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix, Brittany, France. Below are some still shots from the concert, which show off Dolores' new 60's-style haircut. There were an estimated 150,000 people at the festival.
For those in Europe that missed the show, it will be re-aired on August 19th on ARD Digital, which means you must have digital service to receive it.
Source: Bonnaparte (German)
The German website Bonnaparte recently got a chance to sit down with the Cranberries for an interview. The article covers a review of "Bury the Hatchet", a short bio of the band, and an interview. The interview is in German, but the article contains some lovely new pro photos of the recent Bonn show, so its definitely worth checking out here.
Exclusive: New DVD Info!!
I recently contacted Image Entertainment, the publishing company of the upcoming Cranberries VHS and DVD "Beneath the Skin". Here is the reponse, direct from a customer representative:
"Consider this info "unofficial" and please DO NOT quote me since the title
has not yet been announced by Image.
The Cranberries concert you refer to was never "officially" announced so it
really has not been pushed back at all. The announcement you are
referring to was about the fact that Image licensed the show. That happens
months before it's release. In fact the source material was only turned over
to us for creation of the DVD within the past 2 weeks. The process from this
point is a production and distribution one. It will take a few months to complete
the mastering, QC, authoring, compression, packaging, approvals, pressing
etc. Once complete it is scheduled for release which looks like just after
the first of the year (End of January or February). I can tell you that the
extras will be awesome. Here is a sample of the things that it will include:
DTS and Dolby 5.1 Audio
Band and Drew Documentaries
MTV Unplugged Footage
Still Photos and more..."
What's more? It looks like Zombieguide may be able to fetch an EXCLUSIVE downloadable clip of "Beneath the Skin" in the near future! More info to come soon.
All Tour Dates Cancelled
Source: The Cranberries Official International Homepage
This really should come as not much of a surprise. Due to Dolores' delicate condition four months into pregnancy, all tour dates left on the European leg have been cleared. The official page explains:
"July 29th 2000
Hi, it's me the bearer of bad news again.
OK where to begin?? First of all we'd like to apologise to anyone who came to Zeebrugge in Belgium to see us, we didn't make it there in time to play because our plane had broken-down and we had to wait for another one to arrive. So by the time plane no.2 arrived we had lost our slot to play.
And there's more, as you have already heard we have cancelled our remaining four gigs. Dolores went for a check-up to her Gynaecologist and was recommended to get a lot more rest. She was flying from Ireland to the gigs in various parts of Europe and most flights were at least 2 1/2 hours long, so that's 5 hours flying a day plus a concert. It's hard enough to do that shit when you are fully fit, not to mind being 4 months pregnant. We have always said that health must come first, so apologies again to anyone who was due to see us, I'm sure you understand. The important thing is that both Dolores and her baby are fine. Don't worry, we will be touring again when we finish this new album next year so we will DEFINATELY play these shows then.
Speaking of the new album we begin recording on the 21st of August in Dublin. We have six weeks booked and we have about ten songs. When we finish after that we will take some more time to write and rehearse and then finish off the album. We said we wouldn't rush or put any pressure on ourselves, so when we think it's ready, then we will release it. I'll fill you in on all the latest going's on in the studio and I also have some photo's from the tour which I'll put up when Rainer our webmaster gets back from holiday's.
That's it, apologies again,
Talk to ya' later,
July 27th 2000
For health reasons, it was necessary to cancel the last 4 remaining "Loud And Clear Tour" shows in Spain (26th July) , Switzerland (28th July), Poland (30th July) and Denmark (12th August). As was earlier mentioned on this web page (see below) Dolores is expecting a child, and it was not possible for her to continue performing without health risks. The band wish to convey their deepest regrets to all fans who had planned to go to the shows.
A personal message from Fergal will follow soon."
Dolores Pregnancy Photos
Source: The pretty Cranberries
Here are two shots from the Rome, Italy show from July 19th, courtesy of The pretty Cranberries.
Rome Shot 1
Rome Shot 2
New Compilation to Be Released
Source: The Cranberries Tape Trader
A new compilation with the 'Berries is scheduled to be released next month. Titled "Emerald Rock", the CD features the band plus others such as R.E.M. It's unknown what song will be included, but we'll learn more as its August 15th release date approaches.
Cranberries Mexican Coin
Unlicensed merchandise is always interesting, and this is no exception. This was probably just one of the many items sold outside the National Auditorium earlier this year during the Cranberries' gig in Mexico. It is a 50 pesos coin, one that is long out of circulation. That probably means that one couldn't spend this coin, but it's weird none the less.
Album "Ready for Spring"
Source: Cranberries Usenet Group (alt.music.cranberries)
Dolores announced just recently to a crowd in Spain during a gig that album #5 will be ready for spring. The question here is whether the actual recording will be finished or if the album will be available. The former is probable. One may recall that "Bury the Hatchet" was finished in September 1998, but not released until April the following year.
New Promo Single -- Single to Follow?
Source: The pretty Cranberries (Spanish)
A new single has been released in Spain, this one for the BTH tune "Copycat". Of course the immediate question that hits most peoples' minds is if a commercial single will follow? Only time will tell, as currently, neither single nor video plans have been announced. If made official, it will be the 5th single of "Bury the Hatchet".
Dolores' Pregnancy Confirmed!!
Source: The Cranberries Official International Homepage
As a postscript to today's update, Fergal confirms what has been rumored for weeks now: Dolores is now nearly three months pregnant with her second child.
"July 11th 2000
We are on the plane(July 8th) to the Belfort Festival in France. All is well! We had a ball in Tel-Aviv and Greece last week. It was our first time in both places and the weather was incredible. We had a good few days off so Noel, Mike and myself went out partying with some of our friends that we work with. I have never seen clubs like the ones in Greece, over 1,000 people, on the beach, 70's disco music, open 'till 7 am, and the drink was free!!!!!!!!! The people there treated us really well. Betty Ford's is looming in the distance. Although, I did swim for at least an hour a day, so that combats the drink a little, plus I gave up the cigarettes again.
Anyway here's the important stuff. The gigs in Tel-Aviv, Athens and Thessaloniki were some of the best gigs we've done in ages. Everything just seemed to come together and we were all on form. The best thing was that in Athens the gig was down by the Harbour and there was a big road that was about 80 feet above the stage, so during the concert there was about 2,000 people watching us from the road for FREE!!! I love it. It's great when stuff like that happens because unfortunately the promoter is the one in charge of the ticket prices, so it was great to see all these people who maybe couldn't afford tickets, watching "The 'Berries" for nothing.
We also did two Festivals in Germany and to be honest they were a lot better than I expected. A festival is always different from your own show because 1st of all it's not your gig, so not everyone in the audience is there to see you, which takes the pressure off, but on the other hand you have a whole new bunch of people that hopefully you can introduce "The Cranberries" music to. So it's always a challenge, and a challenge is always good. I was talking to some of the lads from "Therapy" for a while. I had met them a few times before and they are really nice. I also saw the guys from "Gomez" there too but I was too embarrassed to say anything to them. I'm a bit of a fan of there stuff.
Tonight at the Belfort Festival "Macy Gray" is playing so I hope to see her as I like some of her songs, but we have interviews so we'll see.
Well I'd better go,
See you soon,
I didn't get time to put this up last night but you are going to be happy about that 'cause, before we played "Animal Instinct" last night Dolores told the audience (in French) "I wrote this song after having my first baby, I'm now due my second". Woo-Hoo!! Isn't it amazing? She is almost 12 weeks pregnant and she is still rockin' out!
The gig was great by the way, there was about 25 thousand people!! It's a feeling like no other watching that many people go crazy in front of you!
I finally bought a digital camera so the photos will be coming very soon.
New Band Photos
Source: The Cranberries Onelist
The Israeli Cran fan who reported the news of Dolores' pregnancy now has new photos from when she met the band at their hotel. Perhaps this is more evidence to those who thought that the pregnancy story was just a wild rumor. However... that stomach of Dolores' doesn't look bloated at all! Well, make your own decision, but for now, enjoy the band off-stage!
Also, a bit of (perhaps useless) trivia: The character on the fan's shirt is pronouned "Oni" in Japanese and means "devil" or "demon". (It is pronounced differently in Chinese, but has the same meaning)
French Mag to Cover EurockÚennes Festival
Source: Thanks to Franck Attia
"Le Point Grandes Ecoles et UniversitÚs" is planning on having extensive coverage of this week's EurockÚennes, where the Cranberries will be making an appearence. "Grandes Ecoles et UniversitÚs" is a monthly addition of "Le Point" magazine, which is subscribed to by over 28,000 students. Currently, the site has a massive chunk of their website dedicated to the upcoming event, including a listing of schedules, etc; unfortunately, it's all in French. There are also some interviews with some of the lesser-name artists (no 'Berries). However, a load of info will be updated live from the show. Be sure to check it out here!
Dolores is Pregnant!!!
Source: The pretty Cranberries (Spanish)
According to The pretty Cranberries, Dolores has made an important announcement during the band's stay in Israel. That announcement is that she is now two months pregnant!! It is a planned pregnancy, to coincide with the recording of the fifth album, which makes her due date Janurary 2001. This is so that she is away from the public for awhile and it does not interrupt touring or promo appearences, etc. This is quite understandable. Looks like Taylor will be getting a brother or sister three years younger than himself. Hopefully we'll be getting some official word from the band very very soon!
Exclusive: Southside Festival Info, Impressions
Source: Exclusive, thanks to Bernd Dittrich
The Cranberries were the second to last to play at last Friday's Southside Festival in Europe, with Skunk Anansie being the very last. They were a little bit short on time, as, after all, this wasn't a headline gig. The band got about an hour's worth of playing time. Here's the setlist:
Intro (the older one)
Loud and Clear
Go Your Own Way
When You're Gone
I Can┤t Be With You
Free to Decide
Our contributor Bernd got yet another chance to take photos, but the stage was high up and far away, so the shots aren't as good as his previous ones.
And as for Dolores, she wore a denim jacket, probably one of the CK ones, similar to the one worn for "Linger" on Sessions at West 54th. Because of the time restraints, she wasn't able to change either clothes or instruments.
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