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Thursday 8 December 2016

Review

They truly were Superheroes. Dublin trio The Script had a stormer of a homecoming in Croke Park on Saturday night.

A whopping 80,000 adoring fans sang every word of every song in the iconic stadium - and it looked as if the boys couldn't believe it.

The Croker crowd were first treated to a string of support acts, which included mega star Pharell Williams.

His upbeat 30-minute set saw him perform a range of poppy hit songs, including much-loved crowd-pleaser Happy.

Admittedly, the R'n'B singer's high energy performance seemed to be lost on the Irish crowd, who were much more interested in seeing the headliner, rather than the support. FIRED Tens of thousands of screaming fans - mostly young women - made up the patriotic sea of green.

The Script opened their set with album track Paint the Town Green, which saw the stadium burst into life. Tricolours were waved and green stetsons thrown into the air as the crowd sang their hearts out.

Dubliners Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power revelled in every minute.

After performing several hits, including number one singles We Cry and Superheroes, there was a more somber tone to the evening.

The boys paid a heartfelt tribute to the six Irish Berkeley victims by dedicating a song to the family and friends affected by the tragedy.

"Ireland lost six of its sons and daughters during the week in California to a terrible tragedy," said guitarist Mark Sheehan.

He also revealed that the trio have penned a song in tribute to the three young women and three young men who passed away.

The concert was being shown live on the internet, which gave front man Danny the opportunity to interact with the fans with his own camera to record the show. Even though selfie sticks were banned, Danny took plenty of selfies while serenading fans.

The band slowed things down with acoustic versions of some old favourites, including the 2009 hit Man Who Can't Be Moved. CHORUS The punters were fired up for Breakeven, and Danny and the boys seemed to be overwhelmed with the response from their Irish fans and sang along with a rowdy chorus of Ole Ole.

The Script left the fans wanting more as they were treated to an encore where the stadium lights were dimmed and Croke Park was transformed into a vision of twinkling phone lights.

This will not be the last time The Script play to such a huge stadium. As their song goes - the boys are members of the Hall of Fame.

NIAMH CARROLL

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