The Cranberries – Trusts Stadium March 15, 2012


Just in time for a St Patrick’s Day precursor, Irish pop rockers The Cranberries showed Auckland why they were such an international hit during the 1990s.

After a 6 year hiatus the band is one of many 90’s acts that have reformed recently, and under the pretence of a (usually rubbish) new album, hit the road for a bit of a nostalgia tour. Which is all good in my book. Their double whammy of Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue were both highlights of my teen cassette tape collection and I was looking forward to reeling back the years.

The crowd reflected their 90’s popularity too, in age and sex, with a lot of husbands and boyfriends being towed along for a good singalong. Having never been to Waitakere Trusts Stadium for a concert I was a little wary, but the setup was good and it was easy to navigate to the front, especially as it was only two thirds full.

Pity the service was poor. I wasn’t keen on waiting in the massive queue for drinks, and felt sorry for the usual story of long queues for the ladies. But With no drinks in hands as far as I could see, it was probably the politest (and I use the term very loosely) moshpit I’ve ever been in. I could walk right up to the rail without any complaints whatsoever.

It was worth getting up close. Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan was having a blast being back in New Zealand after 16 years. So did her son, who she said loved the beaches here. Speaking of loved ones, Dolores got an early sing-along with Ode To My Family. More microphone-pointed-to-the-crowd moments continued through the night with Linger, When You’re Gone, Ridiculous Thoughts and the moshpit favourite Zombie. Guitarists (and brothers) Noel and Mike Hogan let rip on I Can’t Be With You when Dolores left the stage, and also shone in one of their moodier songs, Daffodil Lament. All together the band was slick and tight throughout the night.

They also did well slotting in the material off their new album Roses. While a bit lackluster and soppy on the CD, thrown amongst their livelier 90’s tracks they sounded much better, though the title track (written for her dad) was a buzz kill in the encore. Without a drink in hand, the sober crowd really didn’t know how to take lyrics such as, “Life is a garden of roses, roses just wither and die”. She thanked us though, for letting her share that with us, and promptly got things back on track with Promises. Perennial closer, and one of their biggest hits, Dreams, finished the night on a high.

While not even close to a sell-out, and definitely lacking a good drink for an Irish outing, the crowd at Trusts Stadium still left in good spirits thanks to a slick 90’s flashback.

Clayton Barnett

Cranberries Set List:

2. Wanted
3. Just My Imagination
4. Ode To My Family
5. Dreaming My Dreams
6. Linger
7. Animal Instinct
8. Raining In My Heart
9. Desperate Andy
10. Astral Projection
11. Daffodil Lament
12. When You’re Gone
13. I Can’t Be With You
14. Waltzing Back
15. Free To Decide
16. Schizophrenic Playboy
17. Salvation
18. Ridiculous Thoughts
19. Zombie


20. Conduct
21. Roses
22. Promises
23. Dreams