A Concert Review
Cracker opening up for The Cranberries. This just seemed wrong.
Sure, you hear Cracker sometimes on the same station here in
Chicago, but the two bands, unless you are a lover of almost all
types of music such as myself, just don't attract the same crowd.
The Cranberries are a little bit more on the pop side than the
alternative side, and Cracker is a little bit more on the, hmmm, how
to put it, not really alternative, not really rock, but kinda like
if Neil Young sang Pearl Jam. It's hard to explain, I suppose, but I
like Cracker, and I kinda liked The Cranberries, so I was looking
forward to a good night.
Cracker doesn't have too many major radio hits, a few, but I
think they have a lot more potential than probably what is going to
happen to them in this one-hit radio world of today. They have a
sort-of cult following, but really haven't had the drawing power
that is their potential. Anyway. The crowd was just starting to fill
in for Cracker, and much of them recognized the couple of hits, but
this is a band more about music
that being in front of a large crowd. Some bands are just like that.
In a smaller venue I can see this band generating a little bit more
personality than they did this time, on this huge stage, in front of
a small crowd with a lot of empty seats at the time. But that's not
to say they didn't try. Well, at least some of the time.
The lead singer dude, David Lowery, isn't one to run around and
spin on the stage, and that's okay sometimes, but this time he just
didn't seem into it as the last time I saw them. The guitarist dude,
Johnny Hickman I believe, on the other hand, really tried to work
the crowd the best he could. He looked for the fans, and made sure
they enjoyed themselves. I give them that much for trying.
I wish I could say more about them, and I was kinda bummed I
couldn't make their show a week later at a venue a little bit more
suited for them, but I still like their music, still think they have
a lot more
potential than the radio stations will probably give them, and about
the only thing I can say I keep making the music guys, it may take
awhile, but bigger crowds will come.
As for my ever-questioned rating, Cracker tried through some of
the show to perk up the crowd, and it was a tough crowd. But, as
much as I may like Cracker, sometimes they just went through the
motions. I know it's hard to play in front of a non-caring crowd,
maybe not a hostile crowd, but one that isn't there to hear you. But
you still have to give it all you've got. They did when I saw them
at one of the festival shows earlier this year, but this time
didn't. ONE THUMB UP!
Now, the crowd was definitely there to see The Cranberries. And
it showed. From the opening instrumental jam to the
"Zombie" end to the encore complete with a Patsy Cline
song, they were on their feet, dancin' and singin' along, and just
having a good ol' time.
The Cranberries have this cool sound that bridges that gap
between what would be called alternative and pop/adult contemporary.
This lets them bring in quite the wide range of fans, from your 16
year-old "Zombie"ites, to the 30-something, your snuggle
with your honey "Linger"ers. And sometimes, it's cool
seeing this kind of crowd and how they react. And Dolores O'Riordan
works this to its best.
She came out in this kinda see-through white dress (with another
outfit underneath - young boys, especially you Stu, don't get
yourself all in a tizzy!), belting out hit after hit, utilizing a
way cool and talented band, and either an off-to-the-side
synthesizer or, and I hope not because everyone knows how I hate it,
sampled sounds. The Cranberries didn't stop for the couple of hours
they played, and even if the sounds were sampled, I guess it was
still pretty cool. Some fast songs, some slow songs, but nearly
everyone was kept happy. (Stu Gotz here: Hey, Dude on the Right, I
was there too, remember? Anyway, Hi readers!
As for me, I wasn't always happy. I'm sitting there and The Dude on
the Right, who was sitting on my left, said, with weaning eyes,
"Boy…this would be a great concert to bring a date to."
Combine that comment with the fact that the show was starting to
bore me and you can see why I left the pavilion area to seek out the
cuties of the lawn. After about 20 good minutes of gauking, I
returned to my seat to find that Dolores had slipped off her dress
and was now wearing a really cool, tight, colorful jumpsuit. Oh yeah….
I think she was singing about zombies. Back to you Dude on the
|Stu's view in the lawn.
Anyway, the show was full of a nice light-show, and after Dolores
lost the dress-type thing, she started getting down with her bad
self in this way colorful outfit (although that knee-brace just
didn't match). A lot of classic Cranberries, and even a new song or
two, cruising into the encore, and she and the band kept this crowd
happy till the end. (Stu here again: Encore. Encore. I'll give you
encore! "Show me your ass!" I screamed as the Cranberries
returned to the stage. Dolores treated the audience to the old Patsy
Cline song "Crazy" and me to what I hope would be a nice
beaver shot (I'm such a pig, and I'm proud of it!).
You see, my little Irish girl was wearing this really short white
baby doll and later, while singing "When You're Gone," she
sat on a monitor spread eagle. Wow! This is what I was waiting for.
I looked really hard and I could see….her white, spandex,
bicycle-type shorts underneath. Shit!)
|Stu's view from his seat.
Yea, thanks for the comment Stu. Sometimes I wonder why I ever
send him to shows. Well, the crowd had a blast, and that's the most
important thing, so it's TWO BIG THUMBS UP for The Cranberries from
me. I generally like live shows, they bring out the music more and
tend to make me appreciate the stuff I hear on the radio. Seeing
Cracker a few months ago got me to appreciate them more, even if
their show this time around lacked a little bit, but this show did
help me like The Cranberries just a little bit more. I guess there
is always a trade-off sometimes.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right. L8R!