Dolores returns to Dublin and the band
starts again recording some new tracks for a new album. A song called “What’s
On My Mind” (which
later appears in 1999’s “Bury
is to be included in the “X-Files” soundtrack, but it finally doesn’t.
Ø May: The band performs live at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The decision of the Nobel committee to invite Cranberries, receives censorship in the media, because they are a modern band and they ruin the traditional vibe of the ceremony; moreover, media accuse the committee of reinforcing the conflict that takes place in Northern Ireland, between Catholics and Protestants.
Ø July 6th: After 9 years of relationship, Mike marries Siobhan O’ Connor in Limerick, Ireland.
Ø November: Dolores and Fergal fly to Milan, Italy to present the award for “Best Song” in MTV’s Europe Music Awards. They present the award with two members from Skunk Anansie.
December 12th: The band
performs two songs in Norway, “Dreams” and the forthcoming new single “Promises” (this is actually the first title of
the coming album, but it is then replaced by “Bury The Hatchet”).
The soundtrack of the film “You’ve
starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is released, including the song “Dreams”.
The single “Promises” is released worldwide, but not in the US, and
enters the Top-20 of UK’s singles chart
"Loud and Clear World Tour" is planned. "It
was great to be back on the road," says Mike. "It felt right. Everyone
was getting on well. Plenty of good times on the tour."
structure of the tour was the key", says Fergal "It wasn't one long
journey. We'd play for a few weeks in one territory and then take a break for a
few more weeks to go back home and be normal again. Then we'd get back on the
road for another few weeks. It felt really good that way".
April 19th: “Bury The Hatchet” is released, and becomes a worldwide hit, selling 2
million copies in its first-month release. “CD NOW” reports that the album
makes amazing sales via the internet and becomes the best-selling album over the
net. The sales are so high that Billboard magazine creates a new chart based on
internet sales and the album goes straight to #1. The reviews are not again
flattering, but not entirely bad, or good. But, sales speak for themselves and
fans seem not to care about the critics. Europe and Canada seems to be
overwhelmed by the album, and peaks at #1 spot in many countries like Spain,
France, Holland, Italy and Greece, but fails to impress America, where it goes
to #13 during the first week and then peaks at #7. In the UK peaks at #4.
Dolores seems to be annoyed by the poor and indifferent promotion of the album
in the States and says:
-"Oh Dolores, I just love your
music, but when are you coming out with a new album?"
-"We have a new album... it's out now."
The tracklist for the new album is the
Loud And Clear
You And Me
Just My Imagination
What’s On My Mind
Fee Fi Fo
Dying In The Sun
After the release of the album the band starts on April 12th the "Loud and Clear World Tour" which includes the following songs...(the tracklist is not always standard, the following is the setlist for the concert in Greece on July 1st, 2000 in Athens)
Loud and Clear
Ode to My Family
Dying in the Sun
When You're Gone
I Just Shot John Lennon
I Can't Be with you
Free to Decide
(In other concerts You and Me, as well as, Just My Imagination, are performed)
"It was just brilliant to be back,"
says Fergal. "And to be feeling so good and so on top of things".
"Every song off every album is a different memory, a different time,"
Noel adds. "But none of the memories are too bad. If they were that bad, I
think we would have split up. Even though we've hit rock bottom and were pretty
miserable and everything, we all came back for more. And there must be a reason
Instinct” (released July 5th) is the second single, dealing with
the strong bond between mother and child, followed by “Just
My Imagination” (released in August). In both songs, one can notice the sweetness in Dolores’
voice, music and lyrics, something that has to do with motherhood and how it
changes ones personality and way of viewing life.
Ø December 9th: The band makes an unforgettable gig in Paris, France, which is recorded and later released in VHS and DVD format under the title “Beneath The Skin: Live In Paris”. The same month Noel becomes a father as Catherine gives birth to a beautiful girl named Rachel.
The DVD icludes the following songs:
2. Animal Instinct
3. Loud and Clear
4. Ode to My Family
5. The Icicle Melts
9. Desperate Andy
10. Go Your Own Way
12. When You're Gone
13. I Can't Be With You
14. Waltzing Back
15. Free to Decide
17. Ridiculous Thoughts
18. Dying in the Sun
19. You and Me
20. Just My Imagination
It also includes the videos for "Promises", "Animal Instinct" and "Just My Imagination"
In Ireland alone, the new album sells
more than 3 million copies and more than 10 million worldwide!
In conclusion, the album tops the
charts of 17 countries and the shows continue to be a big hit!
March: Laurie gives birth to a boy
called Jacob and Fergal is the most happy father!
Ø “Bury The Hatchet: The Complete Sessions”, a double album including B side tracks and live performances from The Cranberries’ concert in Paris, is released on April 19th.
The tracks of the second CD are:
2. The Sweetest Thing
3. Woman Without Pride
4. Such A Shame
5. Paparazzi On Mopeds
6. Promises (Live)
7. Animal Instict (Live)
8. Loud And Clear (Live)
9. You And Me (Live)
10. Shattered (Live)
11. Desperate Andy(Live)
12. Delilah (Live)
The band starts completing some new
songs at Windmill Lane studios in Dublin, the place where they also recorded "To
the Faithful Departed", and marked the weakest point and years in the
band's life. But the scars seem to have been healed since then!Sales
don't reflect how good a record is really. When we finish an album we know
ourselves whether it's good or not. Apart from that, what sells an album could
be about what people are listening to, fashions, trends, and what kind of people
are working in your record company at the time. It all plays a big role."
the fourth and last single off the album is released. The song is biographical
and states the innocence and purity that characterizes the relationship and
strong bond between mother and child. Dolores makes it clear via lyrics such as
“You revealed a world to me and I would never be/ Dwelling in such happiness,
your gift of purity”, showing a sweeter and more bright side of life than the
darkness and feelings of loneliness revealed in the previous albums.
Ø “Loud And Clear World Tour” (which begins 1999-April 12th in London and ends in 2000 July 24th, Lyon, France)is a success and the band finds itself playing in 6 continents, performing 110 concerts for over a million fans around the world. ".... O' Riordan sang the melancholic 'Dying in the Sun'- it was a moment of intense vulnerability that left you pining for more” (Hollywood Reporter on final US date).
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