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The Script review

Debs Trickett learns her lines at the MEN Arena

Published on March 30th 2011.

The Script review

THE MEN Arena probably represented the biggest challenge yet for Dublin rock-pop outfit The Script.

With the venue packed to the rafters, the band’s lead singer Danny O’Donoghue admitted they were slightly hung-over from St. Paddy’s celebrations the night before.

This accomplished performance should have blown a few cobwebs away though.

Cramming in what seemed like every song they had ever written (much to the satisfaction of all the screaming females) hits like ‘Break Even’ and ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ sounded as if they fully deserved the step up in venue size.

O’Donoghue entertained fans by dancing in-between sessions on the keyboard and even sank a beer (gasp) live on stage. Nothing like the hair of the dog I suppose.

The band’s debut single ‘We Cry’, from their eponymous 2008 album afforded the band a 1,000 strong band of backing singers and several lucky people in the front row got to actually sing along with the charming front man.

There was even an embrace with a teary-eyed mother at one point as The Script showed their softer side and no doubt guaranteed themselves a run of appearances on This Morning and Loose Women.

The boys took time out to chat at length with the audience, even telling us some of their best ‘drunk moments’ stories.

Out came the lighters for ‘For the First Time’ from second album Science & Faith, which had men and women, young and old singing along.

One special moment came when Danny looked out into the sea of singing fans and an applause that seemed to last for an age before saying: “You’re the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to and I will remember if forever.”

Performances of ‘Before the Worst’ and ‘Rusty Halo’ were also highlights and ‘Dead Man Walking’ was a real treat with a suitably artistic backdrop projected on to large screens behind the band.

When I interviewed drummer Glen Power in January I wish he would’ve warned me he plays a theatrical part in the live shows My plus one - who shall remain nameless to save her blushes - could not believe how good(looking) he was as he rounded off the encore.

Overall, a memorable show – for band and fans alike.

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