The Cranberries were formed in Limerick City, Ireland, in 1990. The band members are: vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Renowned for their trademark ‘Indie’ guitar sound and distinctive Celtic tinged lilting vocal style, The Cranberries rise to global fame in the early 1990s was nothing short of meteoric.
They have sold over 40 Million Albums Worldwide and are best known for their now classic songs ‘Linger’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Dreams.’ Their debut album sold over 5 Million copies in the United States and was number 1 in several territories across the globe including the UK. It re-entered the UK album charts in 1994 at number 1, with The Cranberries being one of only four performers ever to achieve this major feat. In 2016, the band received a BMI award for three million radio plays in the USA for their hit song ‘Linger.’
The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1990s and sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone. The band has achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart - ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?’, ‘No Need to Argue’, ‘To the Faithful Departed’ and ‘Bury the Hatchet’. These were followed by further successes with ‘Wake Up and Smell The Coffee’ and ‘Roses’. Eight of the band’s singles are listed in the prestigious Modern Rock Charts. Their songs have been used to promote Irish tourism, as film soundtracks (Mission Impossible; You’ve Got Mail and Prêt-a-Porter) and in many television series (The Sopranos; Beverly Hills 90210; and Malibu Shores). In China and Japan their songs have been translated and performed by indigenous local artists.
After a six-year hiatus, The Cranberries reunited in late 2009 and began a North American tour, followed by dates in South America and Europe. In 2012, they performed in China, Japan, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand as well as Continental Europe, the UK and the USA.
The global success of The Cranberries has seen the band perform in front of millions of fans worldwide. Their music has been honoured by MTV, the Juno Award and they were named as one of the Most Outstanding Irish Bands of All Time (alongside U2 and Van Morrison). They were also chosen to play at a Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony. Their 2016 sold-out dates in Europe and Peru demonstrate that they are still immensely popular across the world and have over 2.2 Million listens each month on Spotify and over 4 Million Facebook Followers.
The Cranberries returned to live performance work in 2016, playing sell-out shows in Europe and South America. In the Summer of 2017 the band will bring a very special Greatest Hits Tour on the road. The Cranberries will perform specially orchestrated versions of their many hits with each show on the tour featuring a string quartet.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, guitarist Noel Hogan said: “We are really excited about taking this tour on the road. In recent months we have been working with the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the University of Limerick, Ireland on the string versions of our best known songs. While we have played “unplugged” before, this tour promises to be particularly special.” Band members, Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor have also been writing some new material, so expect to hear at least three new songs in 2017.