Irish modern rock act the Cranberries will head to the U.S. for seven radio-station sponsored holiday concerts, beginning Dec. 3 at the WBMX-FM show at Boston's Fleet Center. The group had planned a s

Irish modern rock act the Cranberries will head to the U.S. for seven radio-station sponsored holiday concerts, beginning Dec. 3 at the WBMX-FM show at Boston's Fleet Center. The group had planned a series of dates in North America in October, but postponed them in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A full-scale world tour is due to begin in February.

For the December shows, the Cranberries will be without guitarist Noel Hogan, who is staying behind to care for his ill two-year-old daughter and whose slot will be filled by a session guitarist.

"I was really concerned for my two little children at a very difficult time following the uncertainties arising out of the conflict in Afghanistan," frontwoman Delores O'Riordan said in a statement. "[Noel] is going through challenging times in his family, and the band felt we should be home with our families and we have always followed our hearts. Now it's time to get back to work and bring some happiness to our fans in America with a few performances before we begin our next world tour in February 2002."

The Cranberries are touring in support of their MCA debut, "Wake up and Smell the Coffee," which debuted at No. 46 on The Billboard 200 last month. The single "Analyse" is No. 38 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks chart this week.

Here are the Cranberries' tour dates:

Dec. 3: Boston (Fleet Center)
Dec. 4: Philadelphia (Finnigan's Wake)
Dec. 5: Cleveland (Playhouse Square)
Dec. 8: Baltimore (Baltimore Arena)
Dec. 9: Tampa, Fla. (Mahaffey Theatre)
Dec. 10: Providence, R.I. (Dunkin Donuts Center)
Dec. 11: Detroit (State Theatre)

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