Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dolores O’Riordan and her Cranberries bewitch Rome on Halloween, Rome Italy 31/10/2012

Ireland’s Dolores O’Riordan and her Cranberries bewitched Rome fans on Halloween night (glowing pumpkins and witch’s gowns were naturally the call of the evening).  The band, which was formed in Limerick in 1989, put on a very entertaining show in the “Sala Cecilia” hall of Rome’s Auditorium, a splendid venue which was designed by Italy’s most famous living architect, Renzo Piano.  This correspondent saw Dolores and her band open up for the Rolling Stones in 2003 in Milan’s San Siro stadium.  O’Riordan was spunky then, she was again in Rome nine years later.

In the 1990s the group was one of the most successful rock acts and sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone. The Cranberries recorded their sixth album, “Roses”, in May 2011, and released it on 27 February 2012.  

For the all sold-out Rome concert the diminutive O’Riordan sang some 25 songs, including everyone’s favorite Cranberries song, the haunting “Zombie”.  Dolores was backed-up by her excellent five-member band.

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