Cranberries To Tour U.S. In Late Summer

Collective Soul will open for the Aug. 5-Sept. 18 venture dubbed Loud and Clear.

Irish pop-rock group the Cranberries will return to the road after a few years away with a U.S. tour beginning Aug. 5 at the Sundome in Tampa, Fla.

Dubbed the Loud and Clear Tour, it's their first significant road trip in nearly three years and will feature rockers Collective Soul as the opening act. The show winds up Sept. 18 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.

Returning from the longest break they'd ever taken, the Cranberries recently released their fourth album, Bury the Hatchet, which entered the Billboard 200 albums chart last week at #13.

After releasing three albums in three years, the band took a vacation

following its 1996 tour to promote To the Faithful Departed.

That outing was cut short when Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan

injured her leg. The album went platinum, but it was the band's weakest-selling release.

The Cranberries previewed their revived sound during a 90-minute show May 5 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom -- part of a brief club tour.

With several songs dedicated to motherhood, the new album's familial themes were evident as O'Riordan introduced the new track "Saving Grace" by saying, "This song I wrote just before I gave birth to my son."

"I can't wait to see your face/ It could happen here today," she sang, softly moaning the words while rolling her eyes upward as if seeking divine assistance.

The band -- which also features drummer Fergal Lawler and the Hogan brothers, Mike on bass and Noel on lead guitar -- will be augmented by a keyboard player and additional guitarist on the tour.

Climbing to prominence on the shoulders of the swaying rock ballad "Linger," from their 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, the Cranberries have had a string of hits. Their triumphs include the songs "Ode to My Family" and the slightly harder-edged "Zombie," both from the 1994 album No Need to Argue. The band formed in Limerick, Ireland, in 1990 and built its sound on a mix of late-'80s British dream-pop and traditional Irish melodies.

Bury the Hatchet was produced by Benedict Fenner (David Bowie, Elvis Costello) and recorded in Canada and France. The first single from the 13-song album is "Promises" (RealAudio excerpt).

The Cranberries Tour Dates:

Aug. 5; Tampa, Fla.; Sundome

Aug. 7; Miami Beach, Fla.; Coral Sky Arena

Aug. 9; Atlanta, Ga.; Chastain Park (without Collective Soul)

Aug. 10; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion

Aug. 13; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Arts Center

Aug. 14; Wantaugh, N.Y.; Jones Beach

Aug. 17; Philadelphia, Pa.; E-Center

Aug. 19; Columbia, Md.; Merriweather Post Pavilion

Aug. 21; Boston, Mass.; Tweeter Center

Aug. 22; Hartford, Conn.; The Meadows

Aug. 24; Buffalo, N.Y.; Darisan Lakes

Aug. 27; Toronto, Ontario; Molson Amphitheater

Aug. 28; Montreal, Quebec; Molson Center

Aug. 30; Detroit, Mich.; Pine Knob

Aug. 31; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris Amphitheater

Sept. 2; Cleveland, Ohio; Blossom Music Theater

Sept. 4; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek Amphitheater

Sept. 5; Chicago, Ill; The World

Sept. 7; Minneapolis, Minn.; Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Sept. 9; Milwaukee, Wis.; Marcus Amphitheater

Sept. 10; St. Louis, Mo.; Riverport Amphitheater

Sept. 12; Denver, Colo.; Fiddlers Green

Sept. 16; Los Angeles, Calif.; Universal Amphitheater

Sept. 18; Mountain View, Calif.; Shoreline Amphitheater