From their formation in 2007 to present, there is no doubt that The Script have always been exceptional at engaging with their audience. Each of them exude raw passion for the music they produce, as well as for the fans they endlessly entertain.
At the second of their three Dublin gigs on their Sunsets and Full Moons tour on Friday, March 6th, The Script yet again, wowed the audience with a powerful performance.
Paying tribute to recent events, and the new social media movement, frontman Danny O’Donoghue introduced “If You Don’t Love Yourself” from their newest album, by urging fans to “be kind”, not just to others but themselves.
Bringing laughter and joy back to their set, Danny put out a request for someone in the front to ring their ex, and pass him the phone as the tune of “Nothing” began to play.
Hilariously, he began serenading a fan’s ex, singing from the exes point of view that he had nothing since he lost her. Surprisingly, the phone call didn’t end until Danny decided to hang up after the crowd shouted “goodbye”.
Speaking to the audience, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan addressed a question they’re always asked – why is the band named “The Script”? He explained that all of their songs stem from true experiences, particularly their “darkest times”.
He drew a powerful comparison between their discography, and a diary where they express all of their feelings, “You can get angry with a gun in your hand, but if you get angry with a pen in your hand, it’s a completely different story.”
Following this, the trio dedicated both “Run Through Walls” and “Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You” to their fans. Singing among the crowd, a collage of fan pictures surrounded them on the big screen at the front.
Noticeably missing from the setlist was the patriotic tune “Paint The Town Green”, a song from the band’s fourth album – “No Sound Without Silence”. Its upbeat melody usually has crowds chanting and singing along, showing love and devotion to their home country, Ireland. It was unusual that it wasn’t played at their gigs throughout the weekend, especially since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.
However, the band stayed true to their roots saying that it’s good to be back home. Mark added that they missed a nice cup of tea because you “you don’t get it anywhere else” before launching into the next part of their set.
Undoubtedly, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” is one of the band’s most well-known songs. Noticeably emotional, Danny, Mark and Glen beamed, and refrained from singing towards the end of the song as fans bellowed the lyrics for them.
As “Hall of Fame” faded out, the three Dubliners thanked the audience from the bottom of their hearts and left the stage, and the noise that echoed around the 3 Arena turned from singing to a murmur.
Chanting the old reliable “Olé, Olé, Olé”, fans welcomed the band back onstage for their final three songs. While the crowd sung the final lines of “For The First Time ” repeatedly, canons blasted a shower of tricoloured confetti throughout the arena, – a true homage to their country.
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