I love rock music. I grew up listening to the music of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Supertramp, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Guess Who, Rainbow, Eric Clapton, Eagles, 10cc, Triumph, Aerosmith, Scorpions, and Metallica. My older brothers were (and still are) big fans of these bands. And being the older ones had many benefits: they could dictate what songs should be played in our stereo. And their favorite songs were the only ones heard at home. So, the obvious result -- my other siblings and I grew up as rockers, too. My sister tried to deviate from the norm and tried to listen to other artists (Sharon Cuneta, etc.) and was teased mercilessly.
At first, I resented being “compelled” to listen to these bands (my brothers hogged the stereo and played the songs at full volume, so it’s really hard to tune them out; and being at the lower pecking order, all I could do was grin and bear it) but I got used to them and learned to appreciate those powerful guitars, heavy drums and growling, almost screaming vocals. It became an acquired taste.
Back then, rock music had the power to alienate. But many people were also attracted to it. Why? Because it expressed a generation’s discontent and restlessness. It became a teenager’s sanctuary from the adult world. It offered a badge of identification. These, too, were the reasons I dug rock music. I still do, by the way. Because rock music is still imbued with sentiments that I can relate to.
But I also learned to appreciate other music genres – alternative and pop rock. And one of these bands is Cranberries whose music is sometimes described as pop rock or Celtic rock. Their music has lilting melodic strains, lush guitars and percussions. And of course, there's the band's another trademark: vocalist Dolores O’ Riordan’s distinctive voice. This Irish band had an impressive musical cruise in the 1990s – they sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone. Indeed, Cranberries was one of the successful bands of that decade.
Ever since I've read that Cranberries will hold a concert here in Manila, I’ve been feeling nostalgic. I’ve been listening to their songs more often, and included all of them in my latest playlist. I loved the politically charged“Zombie”, and other dreamy melodies that showcased O’Riordan’s trademark timbre, and of course, the band’s signature sound. I would love to hear these songs– Dreams, Linger, Ode to my Family, When You’re Gone, Salvation, and Free to Decide – performed live.
I must confess I haven’t heard their new album Roses yet. But I guess, they will perform some of the album’s tracks during the concert.
I know I sound like a broken record (I've been saying this repeatedly now, LOL) but I really love to hear from the Cranberries again. This is why I want to watch their concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 10. I would love to see them perform their greatest hits. I would love to reminisce, and yes, I would love to sing along with them J
Catch The Cranberries Live in Manila! The band behind the hits Zombie, Linger, Ode to My Family, Dreams and more! April 10, 2012 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum! Call 7821130 for bulk orders and premium seats
For Cranberries’ fans out there, hey, there’s still time. Get your tickets now! Call 7821130 or visit http://ticketnet.com.ph/ for ticket inquiries!
Ticket prices are as follows:
Patron VIP (First 10 Rows 101 & 103 - Reserved Seating) - P7420
Patron (Reserved Seating) - P5830
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) - P4770
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) - P2650
Upper Box B (Free Seating) - 1590
General Admission (Free Seating) - P530