In a new interview, composer Angelo Badalamenti revealed that he has finished a new song with Dolores O'Riordan called "The Butterfly" and that the two have been collaborating via the Internet.
This month, professional audio magazine Mix published a profile on Badalamenti by freelance writer Bryan Reesman. You can read the whole profile on Mix's website.
In an unpublished excerpt, Badalamenti said that Dolores sings for him over the phone in order to build a rough sketch of a song. He then writes an instrumental track, which he sends to her. Dolores adds her vocals and returns the track, which Badalamenti then mixes.
Dolores told Ireland's Hot Press last month, "I’ve been working with him for the last two years, although we’ve never actually met!” Whether or not "The Butterfly" will go on the forthcoming Secrets of Love soundtrack is still unknown.
Ireland's Hot Press has published a more extensive version of their exclusive interview with Dolores O'Riordan in their latest Christmas issue. We have full scans of the article, which includes a new photo, in the Zombieguide Magazines Gallery.
Hot Press writes that two years after Dolores called a temporary halt to The Cranberries, she is relaxed and cheery. She says, "As wonderful and great as being in the Cranberries was, we'd been together 14 years and things had gotten a bit predictable and boring. Having released and toured a Greatest Hits, it seemed a natural time in the band's life to take a break."
Now Dolores is gearing up for the release of her debut solo album, which she first told Hot Press about in summer 2002. When it finally releases in May/June 2006, it will be nearly four years in the making.
"I no longer feel the pressure of three people waiting on me. I'd have a baby, nurse him or her for three months and then have to break the bond because there was an album to record and a tour to go on.
"As soon as the band was finished, I'd thought, 'If I had another baby, I'll be able to enjoy this one for six months,' which is exactly what happened. We also moved house, so I got to live my life for a change," she muses.
She insists that she was more comfortable working on such a highly personal album alone, rather than having to label it as the work of four people. "I've been able to write songs in my own time and in my own way. There are lyrics on this album that I'd never have sung in a boys' band that happened to have a girl singer. This time I could go anywhere and say anything without having to worry about the lads being comfortable with it. There's just so much more freedom," she says.
Dolores plans to give the material an intimate world tour in 2006, possibly kicking off in America.
The Cranberries are among 12 of the most influential artists in Irish music to be selected for the newly-erected Wall of Fame in Dublin.
The wall, which encompasses the Temple Lane wall of the historic Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, includes 11 smaller windows (6 x 6 ft) and one large window (20 x 20 ft) to house photographs of Ireland's most influential musicians. The wall was unveiled on October 20th with a launch party that included notables Dave Fanning, Paul Brady and Philomena Lynott.
The permanent outdoor exhibit is complimented by a small indoor exhibit inside the Temple Bar Music Centre, which includes a synopsis of each artist compiled by Hot Press editor Stewart Clark. The 12 artists were chosen for the following criteria: "The artists featured on the Wall of Fame were judged by several criteria - not record sales alone, but also for their genuine pioneering work in contributing to modern popular music and for showcasing the quality and range of Irish musical talent on the World stage. It is by no means a definitive list of the Irish top 12, but each act has been highly influential in the Irish music scene past and present."
The exhibiton includes a 6 x 6 ft decal of Dolores O'Riordan, photographed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in 1994. Photographer Jill Furmanovsky of Dublin's Rockarchive Gallery said, "The band had already conquered America but were relatively unknown in the UK. This daytime showcase was for the press and promoters. Dolores looked like a schoolgirl bunking off during her dinner hour." The translucent decals are backlit at night, which makes the free public exhibit an attraction even during the evening.
The other 11 artists on the wall currently are Paul Brady, The Boomtown Rats, Christy Moore, Philip Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Shane MacGowan, U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Undertones, Van Morrison, and Luke Kelly.
You can find more info at the Wall of Fame's Official Website.
Hot Press has posted the first bits of a new interview with Dolores O'Riordan, who reveals that she is finishing up her solo album, due in mid-2006.
Dolores says her forthcoming solo album is the most "dark and personal" album that she's ever written. She emphasizes that she could have only written this album alone, saying, "You might think, ‘Oh, that’s the same singer’, but otherwise it’s completely different to the Cranberries. Lyrically too, you wouldn’t have written something as dark and personal as that with the boys."
Dolores expects the as-yet-untitled album to release in late spring/early summer 2006 and will be followed up by a world tour.
"I’ve just done a week’s worth of recording in Dublin’s Pulse Studios, which is the third or fourth session we’ve done," she says. "Other bits of it were recorded in LA, and Metalworks in Toronto. I’d start the songs off at home on piano and then bring a programmer to the house to take care of the Pro-Tools side of things. Once I had three or four songs like that I’d go into a bigger studio with my musicians."
Her musicians include Cranberries live backup guitarist Steve Demarchi, Graham Hopkins on drums, and bassist Marco Mendoza, whose resume includes Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and Ted Nugent.
"Graham I love for his energy and Marco, who’s been friends with my husband for 15 or 20 years, creates the most amazing things. He’s a Mexican dude, so he’s got that Latin rhythm thing going on as well as the rock. The main guitarist is Steve Demarchi, who used to do live session work with the Cranberries," she adds.
Dolores confirms that "Black Widow," a song that she originally recorded in 2003, will finally see release on the album: "There’s a very intricate and eerie song on it, ‘The Black Widow,’ which is about watching my husband’s mum die of cancer. There’s another one, ‘Letting Go,’ which leaked on to the internet and made me realise how out of control this piracy thing’s got."
Hot Press also confirms that Dolores will be making her way to the Vatican on December 3, to perform for Pope Benedict XVI. "It’s my third concert and second Pope! There are about a thousand people on stage, including the Vatican Orchestra, so the vibe’s amazing," she enthuses.
Is Benedict as rockin' as John Paul? "John Paul used to work the crowd a bit whereas Benny’s only new in the gig,” she says, laughing. “He probably needs a few lessons and a pair of shades of Bono!”
Hot Press also teases that that they have details of her (new?) collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti, but for that, you'll have to pick up the next print issue of Hot Press. Badalamenti said last year that he wanted to work with her to create "another kind of Dolores O'Riordan." We'll have the details on that as soon as we get it.
If you happen to be a fan of super Irish rock band The Cranberries, ShowBiz Ireland has some news for you - the New Year could see them back in the charts...
When ShowBiz Ireland got the tip-off that former Cranberries singer was out having a meal with her American husband Don Burton in Shanahans On The Green we thought we'd pop-by on our travels last Friday night.
But when we realised that she was also out with the rest The Cranberries we got really excited as the band have gone their separate ways in recent years.
So when we put the question to lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, as she got into her waiting car, as to the status of The Cranberries she indicated we might hear something from the super-group in the next four months!
Two of Dolores O'Riordan's as-yet unreleased songs leaked to the Internet today, titled "Letting Go" and "In Your Garden."
The first, "Letting Go," was posted anonymously to the Zombieguide Forums this morning, and the second, "In Your Garden," came this evening. The songs are labeled as demo versions and appear to come from a 5-track preview CD. "Letting Go" is the first track from that CD. "In Your Garden" is the fifth track.
With the verse "She’ll be with your father / And they will be one / In heaven, in heaven," the song "Letting Go" appears to inspired by the death of Dolores's mother-in-law in 2004. Mrs. Burton's illness was cited as one of the reasons for The Cranberries' hiatus in September of 2003.
A contrast to that slow piano ballad, "In Your Garden" is a yodel-infused piece with an upbeat electronic introduction that bursts in to full guitar mode for the chorus: "You can come here / you can cry / you can come here / you know why."
Of course this means that 3 more tracks could potentially leak soon, and if they do, you can bet Zombieguide will have the latest.
MONO BAND is Noel Hogan’s debut project and the album Mono Band released in May of this year has received nothing but rave reviews. "I was shocked with the reviews, I hoped it would be received well” says Noel Hogan of the many glowing accolades Monoband was bestowed. "I was worried prior to its release. The album had been with me for a long time but genuine fans have all loved it.” Noel Hogan brings Mono Band to Dolans on Saturday September 24. " The last gig we did in Dolans was Upstairs and we played for about 45 minutes, this time we’re playing in the Warehouse which is where we have been rehearsing and it will be a full show of about an hour and 20 minutes. It’s definitely more nerve wracking playing at home”, he adds.
Mono Band played the New Bands Stage at this year’s Oxegen and Hogan was thrilled with the fans’ reaction.
"There was a bunch of people up the front who knew all the lyrics and there were also people who didn’t know the lyrics but really got into it.”
He also did the Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin headlining on the Sunday night. "There was a great crowd there which I was surprised by as it was a Sunday night, it was the first time we did a gig with just Richard (Walters) and it went really well.”
All the music and lyrics on the album were written by Hogan, and the average track on the album at least four minutes long. Programming, Electronica through the use of computers is highly prevalent on the album that has seen Hogan progress and follow a different musical route to that he had previously taken. "People have accepted it as my own and I have got out of that (stereotypical) trap.”
What is most striking about Mono Band is the different vocalists that appear on the album and their fusion that continues from the opening track on the album through to the last track. The featured singers both male and female on the album breathe waves of emotion and passion into Hogan’s compositions and lyrics. "Working with so many vocalists has made it harder to reproduce live, I never planned to do it live”, says Noel. "Two vocalists is fine but anything more than that just gets confusing. When the songs are flowing its easier just working with Richard but I will have a female vocalist with me on the forthcoming dates including Dolans.”
With this new merging of guitars, programming, poignant lyrics, arrangements and compelling vocalists, Hogan knows what he’s at. "The crowd at the gigs gets bigger every time and the album is steadily selling every week”. Noel has also been working on new material with 10 new songs ready already, some of which fans will be treated to on this tour. He’s not sure yet who will be opening the shows for Mono Band "there are lots of bands I’d love to have but it will probably be an acoustic act”.
Following this tour Mono Band head for Scotland where they will be supporting Gemma Hayes on the UK and Irish leg of her tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch Mono Band live.
Hotpress.com reports that the thief who stole Noel Hogan's prized Taylor guitar at the Hard Working Class Festival last month was caught on closed-circuit television; however, no one has yet been able to identify the pilferer.
A spokesperson told Hot Press that the monetary value of the guitar is secondary to the sentimental value -- Noel wrote many of The Cranberries' later songs with it.
The spokesperson continued, "The guitar had been placed in the venue’s lock-up when Noel and the rest of the group arrived. Soon afterwards a member of staff noticed an individual, who did not appear to be a ‘hard working class hero’, walking down the street with an expensive looking instrument. When challenged, the gentleman in question made off towards Fleet Street. Suspicions aroused, artists were asked to check their equipment and the Mono Band theft was discovered.”
Universal Music Distribution today announced the tracks that will appear on The Cranberries' 20th Century Masters CD, due to release in the United States on September 27, 2005. The eleven tracks make this a strictly "greatest hits" release, nearly half the number of tracks that appeared on The Cranberries' more complete Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002. However, like all installments in the 20th Century Masters, the CD will be available at a budget price of less than $10. Universal has released the cover art and a tracklisting for 20th Century Masters: The Best of The Cranberries: Millennium Collection.
The tracklisting is: 1. Dreams 2. Linger 3. Zombie 4. Ode to My Family 5. I Can't Be With You 6. Salvation 7. Free to Decide 8. When You're Gone 9. Animal Instinct 10. Promises 11. Analyse