The Cranberries play the Basie
"I think that in the palm of your hand you can hold three or four people who really, really carried you to where you are today," Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan told the adoring crowd at Red Bank's Count Basie Theatre as a way of introducing "The Journey," one of the final songs of the band's Monday night (Nov. 16) performance.
Taking in O'Riordan's words, and seeing her on stage with the Cranberries as part of the band's first tour in nearly seven years, it was hard not to think of the journey these musicians have taken since forming as teenagers in Limerick, Ireland nearly 20 years ago.
The band's legacy was on full display on Monday night, with songs pulled from across their career and even a few, such as "The Journey," taken from the pair of solo albums O'Riordan released since the band went on hiatus in 2003.
When O'Riordan left the stage three songs in to walk through the crowd and give the early hit "Linger" a joyous, communal vibe, it was easy to feel worried that the show was peaking a bit too soon. However, the band had a large catalogue of hits to call on for the remainder of the 90-minute show, including "Zombie," "Dreams" and "Salvation," that left the crowd on its feet and singing along for much of the night.
Opening the show with a solo acoustic set was engaging and endearing Ohio native Griffin House.
For associate producer Alex Biese's thoughts on Monday night's show, check out his review over on The B-Side.