All-star charity bash raises £50k for cancer
SUPERHERO singers The Script put their money where their mouths are to help me raise nearly £50,000 at my annual Jog On To Cancer bash.
Singer Danny O’Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan took time out from their sell-out world tour to perform at my Virgin Money London Marathon fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.
Minutes before going on stage, real-life superhero Danny told me: “We are slap bang in the middle of the tour. We’ve just had a few days off before we go straight into the Asian leg and then Australia and America.
We are also recording the new album and have a late night session booked tonight. But we promised we’d be here because it is such a great cause.”
Fans of Danny O’Donoghue will be able to bid on a signed painting by incredible artist Sue Verity when I auction it later this month. Kind-hearted Danny also donated the jacket he wore in the Hall Of Fame video to help reach our new £50,000 target.
Danny texted the next day to say: “I had a blast and so did Mark (Sheehan). “We were both privileged to be a part of such a special night.”
PS: Mark confirmed on Twitter that the band is NOT working on a new album, and the quote was miswritten. They were actually working on a track with Colton Avery.
Here’s your chance to meet The Script at an upcoming US show of your choice. A new charity auction benefiting Musicians on Call is giving you the chance to meet the three Irishmen who are as direct – as impassioned – as their songs.
The Script’s fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders and channeling the momentum of their last, rocket-powered campaign. They finished touring #3 at the end of last year, took a scant couple of weeks off, then quickly re-entered their studios in London and Dublin.
Musicians on Call brings ive and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
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He joined The Voice back in 2012 as a mentor, but now The Script’s front man Danny O’Donoghue is thinking of switching allegiances and joining rival talent show The X Factor.
Ahead of his performance during the final of The Voice on Saturday night, we caught up with Danny, 34, during his standout European tour. And despite ditching the show to concentrate on his music and touring with The Script, the Irish charmer hasn’t ruled out a return to talent shows.
“I’m open to going back to The Voice, although I’ve been too busy to watch this year. I haven’t even seen Rita’s judging but we all know I did a better job than Ricky [Wilson],” he laughs. “I also get along well with Simon [Cowell] and we have a very similar view on what makes a hit so I’d consider being a judge on The X Factor, too”.
And the judges could be quaking in their perfectly polished boots after news emerged that Louis Walsh could be facing the chop and that Simon has been auditioning female celebs for a spot on the prestigious panel. Danny also lets it slip that music mogul and X Factor boss Simon has also been touting for artists to help build last year’s winner Ben Haenow’s music credentials.
“Simon asked us if we’d like to work with Ben and we’re trying to find time to get in the studio with him. Fingers crossed we’ll have time soon,” he says. “He’s actively searching for acts to get Ben in the right place so he has definitely gone about it in the right way”.
Not only is Danny considering making the move over to The X Factor professionally, but in his personal life he’s also recently been linked to none other than ex-judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
The pair were snapped sharing a romantic beach stroll in December and Tulisa later admitted thats she ‘would probably spend some time’ with Danny. But Danny brushes off any rumours, claiming that the pictures were taken as part of a group and that gorgeous Tulisa is only a friend.
“There was a big party of us out in Barbados and the photographs were cropped to make it look like it was just us,” he explains.
We’re not sure we entirely believe him though, his smooth accent and cheeky sense of humour could pull the wool over anyone’s eyes!
So why is Danny single?
“I don’t know! I’m not actively out looking for a girlfriend but if she comes along, then great. I’ll keep my fingers crossed”.
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One of the things that stood out to The Script guitarist Mark Sheehan during the Irish band’s concert in the Philippines two years ago was how “incredibly passionate” the audience was about music. Filipinos, he said, may just be the most “in tune” fans he has ever played for.
“I don’t think the rest of the world knows that pretty much everyone in the Philippines can sing. Everywhere we went, we kept experiencing all these wonderful singers,” Sheehan told the Inquirer in a phone interview. “You guys come to concerts to really enjoy yourselves and sing your hearts out.”
“That’s what our music is about,” added Sheehan, whose band mates are drummer Glen Power and lead vocalist Danny O’Donoghue—who was a coach-mentor for the first two seasons of “The Voice UK.”
The pop-rock group is looking forward to the same enthusiastic reception when it takes the stage in Manila for the third time April 17 at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
This time around, The Script is coming in armed with new material from its fourth and latest record, “No Sound Without Silence” (distributed by Ivory Records), which spawned the hits “Man on a Wire” and “No Good in Goodbye.”
The carrier single is the catchy and uplifting “Superheroes,” a tribute to young people around the world who must face—and overcome—all sorts of struggles every day.
“Now that we’ve released a couple of records, more young people are starting to come to us to say that we get them,” Sheehan said, adding that the band has likewise come to realize that a lot of children go through a great deal of trouble—whether it be from bullying or a debilitating disease.
Come out stronger
“We felt that they deserved a song. To us they are superheroes; they fight and come out stronger,” Sheehan said. “It’s very important for us to do this song because we want them to know that we understand them.”
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Last Saturday The Script were live at The Voice UK finals to play their newest single, Man on a Wire.