“Try to understand what I say, don’t turn away from me.” We’d imagine that this is the internal monologue The Cranberries are running through vis-a-vis their relationship with the fickle consumers of adult-contemporary musical stylings. Back in the hot minute that was 1995, The Cranberries (along with OJ Simpson’s lack of shame and Jim Carrey’s ability to choose decent roles) were a cultural force to be reckoned with, serenading the bedrooms of the angst-ridden the world over with hits like “Zombie”, “Linger”, “Dreams” and “Ode to My Family”…all of which they’ll be performing at the Shanghai Grand Stage on Tuesday, July 26th!
The ticket prices range from the reasonable to the comical, though the cheapest tickets available online currently stand at 380RMB, due to brisk sales for the 180RMB to 280RMB ticket range. Though we’re not advocating you do so, we’ll just pass along the fact that there will more than likely be scalped tickets for sale at or near the venue on the evening of the performance. We’ve had decent experiences getting into the MIDI Festival and Comics and Games Expo buying from these sorts of vendors, but purchase at your own risk. Though we’re sure cheap tix to The Cranberries is worth the gamble.
But if you can’t fit The Cranberries into your schedule, you can always pop over on the high-speed rail to Beijing to catch them two days later on July 28th at Mastercard Arena (then again, you might miss the concert entirely). The band will also be performing in Taipei on the 30th, and Singapore on August 1st.
If you’re still scratching your head as to why The Cranberries can still play arena shows at this stage in their somewhat questionable relevance, just know that some of the group’s songs made an impact at a point back in the 90’s when non-Chinese music started making appearances on cassette players throughout the country. And Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai even used Faye Wong’s cover of “Dreams” to great effect in Chungking Express, his enchanting 1994 canonical arthouse favorite. To this day, you’d be hard pressed to walk into a classroom of college students and find no one who could give you a lovely rendition of “Ode to My Family”.
Besides, Chinese audiences have a way of adopting acts that have been abandoned elsewhere (see Big, Mr., who’s scheduled appearance for the first day of Shanghai’s MIDI Festival warranted an extra 70RMB more than the regular 80RMB ticket price).
The Cranberries // July 26th // Shanghai Grand Stage // 1111 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Zhongshan Lu and Tianyaoqiao Lu // 上海大舞台, 漕溪北路1111号
Ticket prices (RMB): 180(sold out)/280(sold out)/380/480/680/880/1280
Online tix available here.
And a little something to whet your appetite…