The Cranberries will begin a five-date U.S tour on Aug. 14 in Los Angeles to promote their forthcoming album, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," due Oct. 23 from MCA. Tickets for the tour, a semi-acousti

The Cranberries will begin a five-date U.S tour on Aug. 14 in Los Angeles to promote their forthcoming album, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," due Oct. 23 from MCA. Tickets for the tour, a semi-acoustic trek that will hit small venues, will be primarily available through the band's official Web site, or radio station giveaways. Only an Aug. 16 date in Colorado will be onsale to the public.

Fans who would like to see the band must log onto the group's Web site and send an E-mail campaigning for a pair of tickets. The band will choose the winners based on responses, which are asked to be kept under 30 words. A spokesperson for the group says the number of available tickets varies from city to city.

Those who fail to write winning essays will still have a chance to see the Irish rock group early next year. A spokesperson says the band hopes to stage a full-scale North American jaunt in January or February.

The Cranberries once again utilized long-time producer Stephen Street for the new set, the first single from which, "Analyse," will be sent to radio at the end of the month. A video, directed by Kair MacFarlane, was shot last weekend in London.

The group's last album, 1999's "Bury the Hatchet" (Polygram), peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 367,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. It included the single "Promises," which reached No. 12 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Here are the Cranberries' tour dates:

Aug. 14: Los Angeles (Roxy)
Aug. 16: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theater)
Aug. 18: Chicago (Double Door)
Aug. 20; Minneapolis (Fine Line)
Aug. 22 New York (Bowery Ballroom)

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