Concert: The Script in Los Angeles
Seeing the Irish pop band The Script is like being with an old friend. Singer Danny O'Donoghue's vocals wrap themselves around listeners like a warm embrace. He doesn't shy away from sharing moments like the devastating "If You Could See Me Now" or the heartbreaking "Breakeven."
So when The Script, with special guest Tristan Prettyman, hit The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday (10/20), it wasn't out of sorts for O'Donoghue to play the part of old friend with the crowd.
It was during the first song, "Good Ol' Days," the lead-off track on The Script's latest album "3," that O'Donoghue waded into the crowd for the first time. He switched up the lyrics -- which tell the goodtime story of a drunken night out with close friends -- to reflect folks he saw in the audience. The near sold-out crowd welcomed O'Donoghue's lyrical changes and his visit.
A slight rain fell and it didn't dampen the spirits of fans or the band, which equally showcased songs off all three albums, including "The Script" and "Science and Faith." The Script fans are diehard, knowing the words to each song just a few weeks after "3" was released.
New songs went over just as well as older tracks like "We Cry," which, like "Hall of Fame," featured the rapping abilities of guitarist Mark Sheehan. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" was a, well, "moving" performance. O'Donoghue mentioned that the last time The Script was in Los Angeles, fans -- on their own accord -- sang the first verse of "The Man Who Can't Be Moved." This crowd followed the script to a "T" and then the band, which included a touring bass and keyboard player as well as drummer Glen Power, started the song from scratch.
Sheehan dedicated "If You Ever Come Back" to The Script's time in Los Angeles, the city in which the three Irishmen formed the act. "We'll always come back to California."
Some songs seemed reimagined, such as "Science and Faith," the title track from The Script's sophomore release. "I'm Yours" was performed acoustically with Power on drums and guitar, O'Donoghue on guitar as well, and the touring bass player.
"Nothing" was played straight from the album, with a little prop. O'Donoghue, whom Sheehan said has a penchant for drunken-dialing, sang into the phone of a fan who did the same.
"If You Could See Me Now" was the highlight of the set. The song, written by O'Donoghue and Sheehan about the deaths of their father and mother, respectively, was equal parts telling, heartbreaking and honest, everything that's adorable about The Script.
Prettyman's short stripped-down set was just as confessional. The former fiancee of pop singer Jason Mraz showcased her latest album "Cedar + Gold," and included in her 20 minutes the song "I Was Gonna Marry You."
"Good Ol' Days"
"Hall of Fame"
"Science and Faith"
"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
"Before the Worst"
"If You Ever Come Back"
"Talk You Down"
"Give the Love Around"
"I'm Yours" (acoustic)
"Six Degrees of Separation"
"You Won't Feel a Thing"
"If You Could See Me Now"
"For the First Time"
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