Irish pop band the Cranberries will celebrate the release of their fourth album, Bury
the Hatchet (April 27), with a worldwide, intimate club tour.
Kicking off with a show April 28 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, the
group will play a slate of nine U.S. and Canadian shows. Tickets for
the shows will be available exclusively through the Internet, via the
band's official site (www.cranberries.com).
The follow-up to its platinum-selling 1996 album, To the Faithful
Departed, which featured the radio track
(RealAudio excerpt), Bury the Hatchet was produced by Benedict
Fenner (David Bowie, Elvis Costello) and recorded in Canada and France.
The quartet -- fronted by charismatic singer Dolores O'Riordan and
featuring Noel Hogan on guitar, Mike Hogan on bass and Fergal Lawler on
drums -- formed in Limerick, Ireland, in 1990. Mixing late '80s British
dream pop with Irish melodies, its breakthrough hit was the lush ballad
"Linger" from its 1993 debut, Everybody Else is Doing It, So
Why Can't We?
After the single caught fire in the U.S., the Cranberries became
worldwide stars, scoring several more hits on their multiplatinum
follow-up, 1994's No Need To Argue, including the slightly harder-edged "Zombie."
The first single from the 13-track album will be "Promises." The full
track listing for Bury the Hatchet is: "Animal Instinct," "Loud
and Clear," "Promises," "You and Me," "Just My Imagination," "Shattered,"
"Desperate Andy," "Saving Grace," "Copycat," "What's on My Mind,"
"Delilah," "Fee Fi Fo" and "Dying in the Sun."
The Internet-only promotion could be both a boon and a pain to Cranberries
fans hoping to catch the group live, according to one music industry expert.
"The only detriment would be if they're completely ignoring their fans
with no computer access," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of touring
industry trade magazine Pollstar. "But, then again, it's great
for their fans to get an opportunity to see them in such an intimate
setting and it's general admission, so everyone has a chance at
getting a good spot."
The group will appear on "The Late Show With David Letterman" April 26, before it
launches the U.S. leg of the tour April 28.
The Cranberries have kept a low profile for the past two years, after
they cancelled a November 1997 tour citing O'Riordan's exhaustion. They
played their only live show since then at last year's Nobel Peace Prize
celebration in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 15, where they shared the stage
with Alanis Morissette and Norwegian pop act a-ha.
Cranberries Tour Dates:
April 28; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
April 30; Philadelphia, Pa.; Tower Theatre
May 3; Boston, Mass.; Orpheum
May 5; New York, N.Y.; Hammerstein Ballroom
May 8; Toronto, Ontario; Phoenix Club
May 12; Chicago, Ill.; Riviera
May 15; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint
May 17; San Francisco, Calif.; Warfield
May 19; Los Angeles, Calif.; Wiltern