As soon as they walked onto the stage it was obvious Irish rockers The Script were pleased to be in Birmingham on the eve of St Patrick’s Day – and it was obvious that the screaming crowd of thousands was pleased to see them.
So much has changed for The Script since they released their first album four years ago.
First the group, made up of O’Donoghue, Sheehan and drummer Glen Power, broke through in Britain, then America, and then their music reached Asia and South Africa. Since then, they have toured with U2, Take That and Paul McCartney.
At the LG Arena on Saturday night, both seating areas and standing room were all packed with fans – mostly young women – who hung on the band’s every word.
O’Donoghue, who is also a coach on BBC talent show The Voice, reached out to fans and posed for photos while performing hits including We Cry, Breakeven and Before the Worst.
The tour comes not long after the release of the group’s latest album ‘#3’, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and they also performed numbers from this, including If You Could See Me Now with the accompaniment of bright red and orange fire-like illustrations on the screens behind them.
The song the audience most enjoyed during the band’s 90-minute gig, however, was the classic The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, which had almost everyone singing along as O’Donoghue directed the microphone towards the crowd – who then responded by urging on the band for a encore of their hit Hall of Fame.
By Sharon Marris