As we still reel from the loss of Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January of this year, we have found some cathartic relief in re-watching some of her, and her band The Cranberries’, landmark performances. Not many come as landmark as this performance of their hit ‘Linger’ in 1993.
The Limerick band were just off the back of their album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? when they were invited back home to showcase the lead single ‘Linger’ on RTE’s own Kenny Live.
The band delivers a flawless performance, with Dolores’ vocal reach and manipulation of the crowd’s heart a particular thing of beauty. The video sends chills down one’s spine when re-watching this. It is hard to separate the recent loss with this early performance, but it is always best to remember Dolores and the rest of the band as their young, enthusiastic and hopeful best.
This is showcased even further when the band is interviewed by the show’s host Pat Kenny. The group are so innocent and happy to be heard it feels both rejuvenating and charming to watch. The interview even features some family members commenting that they don’t receive reverse-charge calls anymore!
It’s a performance full of a palpable excitement for the future. The Cranberries here have smashed the states, they’ve achieved a huge amount of success and they remain grounded, respectful and gleeful to be showcasing their talent. This beyond all else should be a lesson to our children.
Take a look below.