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The Script in Manila 2018: Irish crowd-pleaser




They came, they conquered. The Script had fans begging for more by the time they dished out their last song at the Mall of Asia Arena over the weekend. That’s an understatement right there.

The Script (Photo by Manny Llanes /Manila Bulletin) /

The Script (Photo by Manny Llanes /Manila Bulletin)

The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer Glen Power (alongside a touring bassist and keyboardist) started high and never let up on the energy. They powered through a two hour show that consisted of their hits, songs from their most recent album, and some well-timed “live” gimmicks.

The Dublin, Ireland band had a few good things going for them. First off, they already know their crowd. They’ve been here before and they know they have a good-sized following among Pinoys. Still the band looked pleased when many fans turned up and filled the arena. That’s why opening songs “Superheroes” “Rock The World” and “Paint The Town Green” seemed like the biggest songs.

Second, O’Donoghue knows how to work a crowd. The lead vocalist moved well around on stage and his energy was contagious. He set up the audience with flattering remarks before doing the first sing-along of the night, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” Who can blame this audience? It’s a great song and after a couple of years past, it still sounds fairly fresh.

The band was obviously “moved” seeing the love from their Manila fans. Guitarist Mark Sheehan commented how “warm and welcoming the place and its people” were to them, before ripping into a new song called “Arms Open,” from their “Freedom Child” album. Followed by “Nothing” and then “No Man Is An Island,” to which the band, led by O’Donoghue went down from the stage and walked into the crowd. He sang a couple of songs there amid a happy throng of people who thought they have had their money’s worth right there as O’Donoghue, Sheehan and drummer Glen Power sang “For The First Time” and “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You.” The latter tune was dedicated to Manila, ‘natch!

Not yet contented, O’Donoghue went to the upper box section and sang “The Energy Never Dies” while walking and taking selfies with the audience as he passed by. This prompted a charming woman beside me to comment, “Pa yummy si Danny, ah!”

Even the new tracks like the Latin pop-laced “Rain” sounded good live.

The Script closed their set with a three-song encore of “No Good In Goodbye,” “Breakeven” and “Hall Of Fame.”

The “Freedom Child Tour, Live in Manila” is the latest stop in an ongoing world tour for the Irish crowd-pleaser. And if The Script is to be believed, it’s one of their best shows yet.

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