The Script frontman opens up about touring after bandmate's death ahead of Belfast shows

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The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue has shared how the death of his bandmate Mark Sheenan has changed his life ahead of their upcoming world tour.

Gearing up for a big return to music, the Irish band have been pushing through a "really tough year" but are ready to get back on the road and honour Mark with their music.

The 46-year-old lead guitarist, who founded the band with Danny and drummer Glen Power back in 2007, died in hospital in April 2023 following a brief illness.

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Speaking to ‘Vinny & Cate’ on BBC Radio Ulster, Danny said he was "still in the middle of Ground Zero after Mark’s passing".

He said: "I was masking…sadness and grief and all these different things by overeating and drinking too much smoking and everything. So Christmas time was a real wake up I was like, how do I get out of this rut?

"The more that I stayed sober, I processed the feelings that I was going through. The grief, and missing, not just my business partner, but my best mate of 30 years.

"I feel like I owe him, the situation, the respect to do it stone cold sober.”

The band have experienced worldwide success with six number-one albums in the UK alone, with huge hits including ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘Breakeven’ and ‘For The First Time’.

However, Danny does not want his pain and suffering to simply go away as it is his way of keeping Mark close to his heart.

"I don't want it to get better you know, I like grief in the way it reminds me of how much I loved somebody," he explained.

Danny added that plans for their return to the stage and creating new music without Mark have helped in the grieving process.

The Script's long-time supporting tour member Ben Sargeant and newcomer Ben Weaver have now joined the band as bassist and lead guitarist respectively as Danny and Glen felt being a trio "would never be the same".

Chatting to Vinny and Cate, Danny said he has an idea for a song about Mark titled Gone.

He said: "The lyric is 'like a shooting star across the sky. In a second you were gone. Why do the stars that light up twice as bright, only burn for half as long'.

"I was just like I finally got the thorn out of my side of like trying to articulate what I what I felt about him".

The Script's world tour kicks off in Nashville in August and arrives at the SSE Arena Belfast on November 11 and 13, adding an extra tour date due to phenomenal demand.

The Script’s new single ‘Both Ways’ is out now and the album ‘Satellites’ will be released in August.

You can listen to the full interview with Vinny & Cate on BBC Sounds here

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