Dublin-born trio, The Script were on a mission to “paint the town green” at Glasgow’s Hydro on Thursday night; the band took to the stage via the ecstatic crowd accompanied by a team of green flag-fliers for the first of two sold out shows at the venue.
Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, who formed The Script in 2001, launched straight into, “Hail, Rain, Sunshine”, which featured in Mrs Brown D’Movie last year, before taking fans back to “where it all began” for the trio with “Breakeven” and “Before The Worst” lifted straight from their self-titled debut released in 2008. Guitarist, Sheehan confided in fans about how great it was to be “home in Glasgow” while O’Donoghue praised the fans’ singing, “You sound fucking great!”
A sprinkling of material both old and new followed; “We Cry”, “Nothing”, “If You Could See Me Now”, a poignant track penned by frontman, O’Donoghue about his late father, and forthcoming single, “Man On A Wire” taken from their latest LP, “No Sound Without Silence”, released last September. The trio then stripped back to basics with a short, but sweet acoustic arrangement on a small stage at the back of the room (to the delight of seated fans) on tracks, “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You” and signature song, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” which was accompanied by the traditional sing-along. O’Donoghue was then let-loose on fans sitting in the top tier of the venue for “You Won’t Feel A Thing” stopping for hugs and posing for selfies to the delight of fans, and dismay of security. An emotionally-charged “Six Degrees Of Separation” saw the band bow out.
However, The Script certainly saved the best for last; the encore was shaped by their collaboration with Will.i.am, “Hall Of Fame”, their first UK number one single from 2012 and latest single, “No Good In Goodbye”. However, it was “For The First Time”, the lead single from their second LP, “Science & Faith” which stole the show and closed the set on an emotional, energetic high for both band and fans.