Review #1 from Craig Wright (Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada, 27.08.99)
Great, great show! The Amphitheater was packed right up the back lawn for this Friday evening show that took place during the Canadian National Exhibition which is this huge yearly outdoor festival and midway. Collective Soul opened for the Cranberries shortly after 7:30pm and I was quite worried about Collective Soul reaching Cranberries fans and vice versa, but by halfway through they had the crowd on their feet and pumped up for the Crans.
Dolores, once again emerged from black curtains and fog after a minute of pouncing instrumental music and quietly sunk into God Be With You. Dolores surely was happy to be in front of a crowd again and happy to be back at her second home. Her husband is a Torontonian and they both spend alot of time at a cottage they own up in the muskoka’s.
Dolores was bothered by her knee injury of a few years ago as it was wrapped up, by she lunged into the fiery Promises and Animal Instinct. The whole set weaved in and out of a mix of new and older material. The rest of the boys were quite grip and boring through out most of the show, but Dolores had the crowd on it’s feet from the start right through to the encore ending with dreams.
Dolores had an amazing energy and got the crowd involved all night, the boys played a tight set, though Dolores was constantly asking for sound levels to be turned up or down, it seemed soundman Jay Mistry was in quite a bit of trouble with her by the end of the night.
Toronto loved this show and sang along all night, and it was certainly one of the best shows I’ve seen in the last few years
A rough playlist follows:
God Be With You
Loud And Clear
Go Your Own Way
Dying In The Sun
You And Me
Just My Imagination