Gary Lightbody: “There will be an official Snow Patrol album coming up” – Music News


As music fans across the UK begin to prepare for this weekend’s next Isle of Wight festival, Absolute Radio caught up with Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody, who will headlining the Saturday night.

Speaking to Jay Lawrence of Absolute Radio, Gary relived some of his best festival moments and admitted he was “the least cool person in the world” when he met one of his heroes, often losing the ability to speak very quickly.

“The Isle of Wight has many fond memories in our lives.” Gary said “We played a year when REM was headlining, and we played right before them. We were playing ‘Run’ and I looked to my left and Peter Buck was standing to the side, one of my all time guitar heroes. Then I looked to my right and Michael Stipe was standing on the right side, smiling at me from across the stage, I couldn’t have been happier then. The Isle of Wight gave me this moment.

In addition to learning about Snow Patrol’s upcoming performance at the festival this weekend, the Irish musician also revealed his favorite cover of the band’s hugely successful “Chasing Cars”, discussed this Game of Thrones moment and revealed what everyone already knew, that Dave Grohl is truly the most handsome man in rock.

Gary’s interview through the decades with Jay Lawrence can be heard this Saturday at 11 p.m. on Absolute Radio.

About Dave Grohl: “He’s a lovely, lovely man. We were playing just before the Foo Fighters at the V Festival and just before playing Chasing Cars I dedicated the song to Nirvana and Dave Grohl … Something made me look to my left and walk towards me, I was in the center of the stage with the microphone is Dave Grohl with a huge smile on his face. He was standing next to the stage and looking at us and I didn’t know. He came straight out and gave me a hug, said thank you, waved to the crowd and left. I remained standing like what just happened to me. It was the most surreal experience of my life.

Discussing his appearance in Game of Thrones: “There were people working on the show, and I said I could just stay in the background, just be a member of Night’s Watch or something. They were like maybe we could find something better than that. I didn’t really think about it much more. Weeks and months went by, then I got a phone call to tell me if you would come and sing a song on the show. I was like sure, what song? They said it was in the book, but obviously we added some music, and you just have to learn it and sing it and we want you to be on horseback too. Other than pony rides when I was a kid, I never rode a horse, so I had to go and learn to ride too.

On the many covers of ‘Chasing Cars’: “There is a bagpipe group in Scotland called the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and they did a cover of Chasing Cars which I really like. There have been so many that I love. I’ve had the opportunity to sing it with Ed (Sheeran) a few times, but his version was really sweet when he does it on his own. I browsed the list on Spotify once, and it has continued to scroll for centuries. There are so many blankets. It’s a beautiful thing that so many people cover a song you wrote.

On new Snow Patrol music: “There will be an official Snow Patrol album coming up, you probably know next year. I wrote a lot, we all wrote a lot. The songs are there, we just need to go in and save them. So no matter how long it takes.


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