At The Mike Stand With…..Danny O’Donoghue (The Script)

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How it’s New York: A Big Apple-based writer and a singer/songwriter stopping off in NYC.
How it’s Irish: Both interviewer and interviewee hail from Dublin’s fair city.

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You know, we’ve really got to buy a much faster bicycle. These pop star types, sure they’re dreadfully difficult to pin down these days.

Take Dubliner Danny O’Donoghue, the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter (told you he was busy) with The Script.

Having recently completed a stint supporting Paul McCartney in the US, and U2 in Dublin, the Irish three-piece have continued upon their energetic assault on the music world, with debut album ‘The Script’ hitting the top spot in Ireland and the UK, as well as climbing into the American charts.

Their first three singles; ‘We Cry’, ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ and ‘Break Even’ all performed well in Europe, seemingly cementing the band’s place among the heavy-hitters in the current pop scene.

We caught up with the affable Dubliner prior to the band’s recent Citifield show with Sir Paul, where he was only too pleased to hang out ‘At The Mike Stand’.

Who would be in your fantasy supergroup?
The Edge on guitar, Stewart Copeland on drums, Flea on bass, and me on vocals!

When was the last time you laughed out loud?
Just now at the thoughts of me singing lead in that group.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?
Queen. I’ve seen footage of them from years ago and they were great

What period in history would you like to have hung out in?
The middle ages. Castles, dragons and of course, damsels in distress.

Who/what would make you want to leave a room?
Anybody happy to remain ignorant to others opinions.

What decade rules?
The 70s, because so much great music came out of that decade.

What cover version do you enjoy performing?
The only one we know, ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie.

What movie role would you like to have played?
Forrest Gump.

What’s the first album you remember buying?
The Monkees ‘Daydream Believer’, I think was the title.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?
Never had one. My favorite Monkee though, was Mickey Dolenz.

Who’s the most rock and roll person who ever lived?
Lemmy from Motorhead. I know his son and the stories are legendary.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?
I openly enjoy all types of music.

What’s your tipple?
Red Wine

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
There are too many to mention.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?
I don’t watch sitcoms very much.

What movie can you watch again and again?
‘Star Wars’, only because its on every Christmas.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Jessica Rabbit.

What’s the greatest place you’ve ever visited?
Potsdam in Germany.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?
The Internet.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?
The Computer.

Who’as the funniest person who ever lived?
Billy Connolly.

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