After a six year vacation from the life of rock and roll, The Cranberries have returned to the stage. Leah Quinn went to see them in
Hammersmith Apollo, and tells how The Cranberries can still very much rock out
with the best of them. London
Up there with your Irish Mammy’s brown bread and hurling, The Cranberries have always been intrinsically Irish.
They cannot be compared to or copied as it was obvious to anyone with a pair of ears and a radio back in the nineties that they held a sound all of their own which not only showcases haunting Celtic melodies but also the musical talent that Ireland continues to produce.
Flash forward to the present day in 2012 and they can still put on one hell of gig.
Although their media presence has been near to non-existent the last ten years, with their six year departure and delayed album promotion, due to the sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan’s father, it was evident that they still maintain a loyal and passionate fan base.
Their latest album, Roses, of which many songs featured quite a bit in the Apollo, was realised on Valentines Day of this year but did not receive the response it deserved as promotion was put on hold.
This is a pity as many of these songs were quite fresh and contemporary but seemed to still remain true to the bands authentic sound.
O’Riordan, who is now a mother of three and in her forties, was just as much the rock chick as ever, holding an energetic and captivating performance from start to finish.
Her energy was in turn shared by the crowd who, with myself included, heartily sang along to many of the old favourites such as Salvation, Zombie and You and Me.
Although O’Riordan’s inclusion of her own solo and their latest album’s hits received less of a sing-a-along from the crowd they still seemed to make a powerful impression on everyone there, drawing both respectful silences and huge cheers.
In between songs O’Riordan either quickly changed into yet another impressiv rock star-esque ensemble or modestly chatted to the crowd about the meaning behind their songs with her infamous endearing
accent still wholly intact…” Ah sure it’s great to be back lads…”
It has been twenty three years since the band first formed in
and judging by this latest performance not much has changed in terms of their
determination and strength of performance for their fans.
From start to finish the band gave the crowd their monies worth and more ensuring every note and drum beat was felt and delivered with bucket loads of enthusiasm.
If you were a fan back in the nineties but have since been led astray by more contemporary rock bands, I appeal to you to revisit your old flame at their next live gig and fall back in love with The Cranberries.