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The Script Returns Years Back to Manila with Greatest Hits

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Kristofer Purnell – Philstar.com

September 24, 2022 | 10:36

MANILA, Philippines – Irish band The Script were in Manila for the fifth time, but performing their greatest hits, it was like everyone – as one of their songs puts it – “felt we we were meeting for the first time”.

Irish-Filipino singer ANDREAH was the opening act for the concert held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, performing several original songs before The Script kicked off with decade-old hits like “Superheroes” and “We Cry”.

The band consisting of vocalist Danny O’Donoghue on rhythm guitar and occasional keyboard), lead guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power (the latter two also providing backing vocals) connected extremely well with the crowd although he hasn’t come for some time.

While performing “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, O’Donoghue began singing alongside the crowd with barely any music; and even when it started, the audience was still singing with all their hearts.

As the song ended, O’Donoghue and his bandmates gazed admiringly at the people inside MOA Arena, even clapping and subtly bowing.

“We’ve just been to the US, UK and Australia, but it’s the loudest crowd we’ve had,” O’Donoghue said. “And the fact that you brought your own lights is just amazing!”

The Script then continued with their 2008 song “Before The Worst” followed by their latest single “Dare You To Doubt Me” from their album of the same.

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O’Donoghue and company took it up a notch by descending into the middle of the crowd – as they did on their last visit – to perform an acoustic version of “If You Could See Me Now” which the singer has dedicated to his late parents.

While still among the crowd, O’Donoghue challenged an audience member to call his ex and give him the phone; one person volunteered but her ex first dropped the call (much to the crowd’s amusement) although they answered the second time around and had a little chat with the singer.

The track served as a set-up for one of the band’s most popular songs “Nothing” which once again brought the audience together in unison. Returning to the stage, O’Donoghue gave an impassioned speech about making every moment count before performing “Something Unreal.”

The concert seemed to have ended after “For The First Time” was sung, but the crowd kept repeating the last lines of the song “Oh, these times are hard. Yeah, they drive us crazy, don’t don’t give up on me, baby” long after the lights have gone out.

In response, O’Donoghue and Sheehan riffed on their guitars to turn the lights back on, and they performed “No Good in Goodbye” as if they were just silhouettes followed by what is arguably their most popular song. better known “Breakeven”.

“We may be different, but tonight we are one,” O’Donoghue said, asking all in attendance to raise their lights. “You were the stars all night… it’s rare for a band and the audience to be one… but each of these lights are connected [because of this journey].”

The band closed the concert with “Hall of Fame”, which O’Donoghue dedicated to all Filipinos and as the band’s exit prompted the crowd to once again repeat the last lines of “For The First Time”.

“Oh, these times are hard. Yeah, they’re driving us crazy, don’t give up on me, baby,” everyone sang, feeling blessed to have seen The Script again and hoping to see it again soon.

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