While the fans were the men and (mostly) women who can’t be moved, The Script proved that their Energy Never Dies.
The UK leg of the No Sound Without Silence tour kicked off in Glasgow with a double date, followed by a third Scottish date in Aberdeen, and none of them lacked the above mentioned energy. The first time the green sabres and flags of the selected fans led the lads in the Hydro, I was lucky enough to enjoy it from above. A brilliant sight I must say, and the countdown for its start ended in loud screams and shouts when the trio was seen in the audience. The fans did a great job following the choreography during the opening song, which was fittingly Paint The Town Green. A high-energy song that made the crowd going instantly was a promise that the band kept: Glasgow and Aberdeen certainly had their fair share of green flags flying.
The first part of the set kept going quick and strong with a short version of Hail, Rain or Sunshine (watch out for Rodney playing the violin on it!), Breakeven and Before The Worst, anthems of the first album that everyone in the crowd sang along to.
Superheroes was introduced by the first seconds of the music video, showing the band jamming out with the crowd in South Africa and the Scottish audience proudly joined in. It was then a short version of We Cry then with a surprising, more “rapped up” version that sounded great. The quick song was followed by If You Could See Me Now, a song about the loss of Mark’s parents and Danny’s father that touched many people in the audience. Mark then introduced their new single, Man On A Wire with telling how it was inspired by his fear of heights and this Frenchman they’ve heard of who walked the distance between the twin towers of New York on a wire.
Man On A Wire’s sentiment (“I’m counting on high hope to get me over you”) was then repeated with a single from the second album, Nothing. Unlike the previous tours there was no phoning to an audience member’s ex this time to my relief (after seeing it on videos so many times it seemed to get tired) but Danny didn’t need it to give all his heart to the song. Serenading the audience one eye contact at a time, he had us all eating from his palm as they say.
The band then took a moment to remind us that “in the future these will be the good ol’ days”, and we kept on collecting the memories with Danny jumping into the audience to sing the chorus with them. After that the stage darkened, an intro started to play, and expectations grew higher until we saw the band emerging on a B-stage in Glasgow or an acoustic corner in Aberdeen.
The Hydro’s setup made the acoustic stage look amazing, lighting worked its best on it and the people in the VIP seats really got their money worth by being able to see the band perform first Never Seen Anything then The Man Who Can’t Be Moved so close to them. As Danny remarked on the second night “you got the best fucking seats in the house!”
As seen on the tours before Danny grabbed the opportunity of their first big hit to thank everyone in the audience for their support and presence. “This song is probably the reason why many of you are here and it’s certainly the reason why we’re here. It’s all thanks to you.” It was great to see the band play it in a small circle of the three of them, “it’s very much like the way we write the songs,” Mark remarked, and the two acoustic songs sounded great in this version.
You Won’t Feel A Thing then kicked off with Mark’s amazing guitar solo, paired with some of the best lighting of the night. (Hope we’ll get some pro photos of that because my phone camera really can’t do it justice.)
In Glasgow Danny then appeared among the audience in the first row of the seats (stunning yours truly by walking by in front of her) holding a selfie camera pointed at him and the audience members he was passing by. Having no seats in Aberdeen Danny jumped into the audience behind the barrier, bouncing together with the fans who probably couldn’t believe their luck. After having some issues in pulling him out, the security finally got a little rest having Danny back on stage for Six Degrees Of Separation.
Playing his old acoustic guitar for this hit from #3 album, the song was accompanied by a dialled back lighting, focusing on the band.
The pace then picked up with It’s Not Right For You, including the full version with drum intro. Even when I was far away in my seat I could practically feel the razor-sharp look in the band’s eyes, as if they were telling to each and every one of us: “You’ve got one life to live so love what you do”
In the encore The Energy Never Dies received a make-over and was played in a fast pace that strangely suited the song a lot, slowing down only to the melodic bridge “There’s no where, there’s no when…”. Without a break the new song was followed by For The First Time, The Script’s second most successful single. After that it was time for the radio version of No Good In Goodbye, which sounded great and had some of the best lighting for the show.
In Aberdeen it felt like they were not ready to leave the stage yet after such a night so they kept the craic going with thank you’s and good bye’s until the usual final words of “We’re The Script from Dublin, Ireland and we’ll be back very-very soon!”
And their audience will be there again, no matter the time, the distance or the wait.