Northern Irish indie giants Snow Patrol were joined by actor James Corden during a recent show at the Royal Albert Hall.
Snow Patrol must be used to collaborations by now. After all, as a recent retrospective aptly showed Gary Lightbody once formed The Reindeer Section with virtually every indie rock songwriter in Scotland.
Taken from their recent album ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ the ballad ‘Set Fire To The Third Bar’ has become something of a fan favourite. On record, Snow Patrol are joined by Regina Spektor for a lush lovelorn lament.
However when playing live Snow Patrol often have to use an ingenious substitute. The band played London’s Royal Albert Hall recently, and were joined by none other than ‘Gavin & Stacey’ actor James Corden.
The pair ran through a quick version of ‘Set Fire To The Third Bar’ to the astonishment of fans. It seems that the collaboration was planned after a session in the pub between Corden and singer Gary Lightbody.
“Gary and I were drunkenly singing together in a bar the other night and he said I should come and sing with them at the Albert Hall” revealed James Coren.
“I was so sure he wouldn’t remember I said yes, and before I knew it I was getting calls about soundchecks and everything! It’s an honour to sing with one my favourite bands and I loved every single minute of being on stage with them! “
“I thought he was joking, then he started singing in the bar and I nearly fell off my chair” explained Gary Lightbody. “He was brilliant! So we thought why the hell not, doesn’t always have to be a female guest vocalist. He was superb and knocked us out of the park!”
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