It was a dream come true. The Script is one of the music acts that’s really on my list that I’d LOVE to catch live. So when I found that we had Patron tickets when we were so late in buying tickets, I was ecstatic. When Delle told me we had row F seats, I thought it was row F from the front, so I couldn’t believe our luck! But it turns out it’s row F from the 2nd half of the Patron tickets, so we were pretty far from the stage. Anyhoo, after the initial disappointment, the excitement washed over whatever misgivings I might’ve had and I couldn’t wait for the show to start.
They didn’t disappoint. And the Filipino crowd wowed the band in return. When they first stepped on stage, the thunder of the crowd shook Araneta coliseum to the rafters! They opened with “You Won’t Feel A Thing” from the 2nd album and from there it was one hit after another. Of course it seemed like all songs were hits because even the unreleased album cuts like “Science & Faith” , “Dead Man Walking” and “If You See Kay” were received with thunderous applause, as if they were chart toppers!
Of course my personal favorite of all their songs is “Talk You Down”, and as I sang (more like scream) out every note with all of my heart, I squirted a tear or two out of sheer overwhelmedness of the experience. I tried to swallow the lumps in my throat, but to no avail, as I sang: “Just a cigarette gone, no you couldn’t be that far, so I’m driving in my car where I hope you are. Maybe I can talk you down…” It was an emo-gasm!
Of course suffice it to say the showstoppers were the expected hits like the sing-along awesomeness of “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and the heartbreaking rocker “Breakeven”. The crowd writhed in paroxysms of emotional nakedness, pumping fists in the air and screaming lyrics (some correct, some approximated). In the end, though the concert was relatively short, we all came out completely satisfied. We all needed a proverbial cigarette after. Personally, I would’ve wanted to hear “Exit Wounds” (which I think is one of their best written songs EVER) and the original version of Kris Allen’s lead off single, “Live Like We’re Dying”. And the sound was a little weird though; many times we could hardly hear Danny O’Donoghue voice over the instruments. It just would’ve been nice if we heard it more, since he was often drowned out. But that said, we were satisfied customers raring for second and third servings. Come back to Manila lads, and we’ll be there! It goes without saying that during our flight to Indonesia tonight, I’ll have the script blaring in my iPod!