The Cranberries announced that they will be reuniting for a live tour with the original members. Dolores O’Riordan just released an excellent solo album called “No Baggage,” which came out yesterday in the United States. Not sure where the band will be playing yet but expect a USA tour to be included in the reunion plans. I can’t wait to see the band live and hear some of Dolores’ solo material live as well. Read the press release below:
The day that many of us thought we would never see, is finally here, and Cranberries.com couldn’t be happier to announce the news. Dolores O’Riordan and the original members of The Cranberries have announced that they will reform for the first time in nearly seven years for a live tour. “I’ve decided to reunite with my former band members in The Cranberries and we will be writing new songs and performing tracks off my new album as well as our greatest hits during the shows. I’d love to see you out there.” O’Riordan stated.
In January, O’Riordan played a set at Dublin’s Trinity College with band members and brothers Noel and Mike Hogan to commemorate her being made an Honorary Patron of Trinity’s Philosophical Society. The performance was the first time the band members had seen each other since 2003. Never officially broken up, the band instead has been on hiatus, and being in the same room and playing music together for the first time made them realize how much they had missed each other. Touring will begin at the end of the year in North America and make its way to Europe in early 2010 with dates announced shortly
Today also marks the release of Dolores O’Riordan’s solo album, No Baggage, via zoe/rounder records in the US and Canada and Cooking Vinyl in the rest of the world. With No Baggage, O’Riordan’s unforgettable, distinguished voice is back and better than ever. She co-produced and wrote all of the tracks on the album with Ontario-based Dan Brodbeck, resulting in a bright, clean sound that finds the singer’s astoundingly emotive voice front and center, be it on the gorgeous piano ballad “Lunatic,” the forthright, rocking track “Be Careful,” or the infectious, driving lead single, “The Journey.”
“I probably haven’t worn my heart on my sleeve like this since the second Cranberries album (1994’s No Need To Argue),” she says. “It’s at times very confessional and dealing with my true emotions. Everyone, through their experiences or their background, has had terrible moments where they think they can’t handle it. With this record I’m trying to show that, no matter how bad things may seem, it’s not really that bad in the big picture.” says O’Riordan.
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