The Script's Danny O'Donoghue reveals how late Mark Sheehan is remembered in band's new music

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23 May 2024, 11:25

The Script's Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan

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The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue has opened up about how the band’s new music will pay tribute to Mark Sheehan.

The Irish band’s co-founder, guitarist and lyricist died aged 46 in April 2023 after a brief illness.

Speaking on Lorraine this Thursday (23rd May), O’Donoghue described The Script’s new album Satellites and its accompanying tour as a tribute to their “brother” Mark Sheehan. Accepting that the band will “never repeat” the past, The Script is moving forward to bring out some “uplifting music” which rather than aiming to recreate their sound without Mark, will be something new instead.



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“It’s just trying to be a bit more uplifting. We feel that after the year that we had last year, we could do with a bit of positivity,” the singer said, admitting: “I went off the rails after Mark passed away like everybody does. I was out drinking, smoking, everything and I went through a mental block - I had a writer's block for a long time last year. 

“It was only around Christmas time that I came up with this lyric… and it was the first time I was really able to articulate how I felt about the situation and the floodgates really opened.”

The ‘If You Could See Me Now’ singer continued: “I feel like I’m starting to come out from the black cloud a little bit now, hence the new music.”

Turning to discussing Mark’s legacy within the band, O’Donoghue said: “We have been friends for nearly 30 odd years… We write these songs together and his memory lives on through his music, we’ve always said that.

“What’s our legacy? I don’t have any kids so for me it’s my music but for him, it’s his kids and his family and what he’s done for Irish music as well. He’s a genius lyricist and we are never going to fill his shoes. Why would we even want to try? 

“We’ve retired the three piece and now we’ve got two other members in. It’s not the past; we never will repeat that, but it’s a new chapter for The Script moving forward.”

O’Donoghue also took the opportunity during his TV interview to celebrate the band’s fans and the support they’ve shown over a difficult year. “It’s been such a long time since I have been on television to be able to say thank you to The Script family and everybody who has got us and Mark’s family through the last year,” he shared. “Thank you so much for your support, it’s been absolutely incredible.”

Satellites by The Script will be released on Friday, 16th August.

Watch Lorraine weekdays from 9am on ITV1 and ITVX.