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Script stars get a taste of the Big Apple

Rockers start spreading the news in New York

Kevin Keane and Grainne Cunningham

Published 11/06/2011 | 05:00

Danny O'Donoghue of The
Script sings to fans in New
York yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Danny O'Donoghue of The Script sings to fans in New York yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Irish rockers The Script took another leap in their bid to crack America yesterday as they dazzled New Yorkers with a live outdoor performance on NBC's 'Today' show.

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The Dublin-born trio rocked the Big Apple and enjoyed an audience of millions of Americans as they sang some of their tunes among the skyscrapers in Rockefeller Plaza.

Danny O'Donoghue and the band are touring stateside in a bid to promote their second album 'Science and Faith', which has already enjoyed chart success on this side of the Atlantic.

And judging by the crowd watching their live television appearance yesterday, the band are well on their way to lucrative US popularity.

Despite their early 7am appearance on the show, hundreds of fans crammed around the stage, mouthing the lyrics and waving the Tricolour at the band.

"Sing it to me, New York," yelled a beaming Danny, and hundreds responded, word perfect, with the words from the band's hit 'For The First Time'.

And while Danny sang about "drinking on cheap bottles of wine", thousand of miles away, his model girlfriend had the opportunity to sample a higher-quality version of the fruit of the vine.

While the Script frontman was savouring his bite of the Big Apple, Irma Mali was getting a taste of his home town, at the Taste of Dublin event in the Iveagh Gardens.

The statuesque Lithuanian was spotted wandering among the tempting stalls laden with the cream of the country's culinary produce.

Dressed in cream shorts, silk cream jacket and cream blouse, teamed with neutral wedge-heeled sandals, Mali provided a dash of colour with her unusual, shocking-pink head gear.

She seemed happy to pose for the cameras as she strolled around the lawns, where former Tanaiste Mary Harney was also doing a bit of shopping.

Mali met her rockstar boyfriend on the set for The Script's 2008 video 'Breakeven' but recently the music has kept the pair apart.

O'Donoghue and bandmates Mark Sheehan and Glen Power have been touring the States, playing in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston and even New York's Central Park.

After yesterday's gig the band took time to sign autographs for members of the audience.

The singer later tweeted his appreciation to his American fans for the reception they received. "Thanks a million to everyone that turned up (at) the 'Today' show, we had a great time, you guys were amazing! Roll on the tour!"

Taste runs until tomorrow and features masterclass cookery demonstrations, wine and coffee tasting, as well as stands from dozens of restaurants and food businesses.

Irish Independent

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