Snow Patrol news & community since 2008. Q&A with Gary Lightbody

Some music is inspired by the love between a man and a woman. Sometimes, even better music is inspired when that man and woman break up.

Fallen Empires is the newest collection of songs by popular alt rock band Snow Patrol.

The band is in the middle of their 10-day South American leg of the Fallen Empires tour: bouncing from Argentina, to Brazil and Mexico. They head back to the U.S. and are set to play The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul on Halloween night at 7:30 p.m.

The group includes Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Jonny Quinn (drums), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Tom Simpson (keyboards).

Snow Patrol has joined Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on a joint headline tour around North America this Fall. The 14 dates around the USA and Canada will see both bands play headline sets each night with special guest, Jake Bugg.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds formed in 2011 as a side project for Gallagher, the former lead guitarist/songwriter for Oasis.

I had a chance to chat with Snow Patrol’s lead singer Gary Lightbody who was fresh off the stage after a sound check for his show tonight in Brazil.

Sarina: What is the inspiration behind the newest collection of songs?

Gary: I always write about something different with each song. Most of the time they’re about the end of relationships but I haven’t been in a relationship for the past 4 years. This collection of songs is about home, my childhood, and my connection to the world around me.

Sarina: How does this collection differ from some of your more popular songs off any of your six albums?

Gary: Fallen Empires has a much broader spectrum, electronic edge and bigger songs.

Sarina: What can fans expect in your upcoming show in St. Paul?

Gary: We’re really excited to be coming back to the Twin Cities. This show has something different. Without giving too much away, we tried this thing in Australia, an acoustic thing which is kind of hard to explain but really exciting. It’s a special interpretation of a mix of our songs and we break it down in a brand new way. You’ll have to see it for yourself.

Sarina: Who were your favorite bands/artists growing up?

Gary: It’s changed so much as I’ve grown. As a kid I remember my mom playing Abba and I loved it. Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the first proper record I owned. As I grew up I started to really get into Frank Sinatra. I’m also a big fan of heavy metal: Metallica, Judas Priest, AC/DC. A lot of these guys just blew everything else out of the water. It seems like today it’s all about music by numbers.

I remember listening to whatever my friends listened to like Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Kurt Cobain’s Heart Shaped Box and Marigold are two of my favorites.

You just learn so much from music. I really love music that focuses on the heart, soul, passion, popularity.

Sarina: You’re pretty savvy on Twitter. I saw you post this earlier today. Were you really star struck? Did you have a chance to meet (International soccer star) Ronaldinho?

@garysnowpatrol “The Atlético Mineiro team are on the same plane including Brazilian legend Ronaldinho. Me quite star struck.”

Gary: Ronaldinho is one of the world’s greatest futbol players. There was a complete change of atmosphere when he and the team stepped foot on our plane. He was wearing a hat and shades but there was immediate voice detection.

When we landed in Brazil he and the team were surrounded by security and quickly escorted off the plane.

(Note: Gary posted this tweet, “Landed in Belo Horizonte. On our way to the venue for soundcheck. No picture with Ronaldinho. Grr. These are facts. Especially ‘grr’.”)

Sarina: Who is your favorite futbol club? Favorite player?

Gary: I’m a [Manchester] United fan. I follow them because they play in the area I live in England. Being from Ireland, I really liked the Northern Ireland National Football Team.

Favorite player, definitely Norman Whiteside. He holds records as the youngest player to take part in a World Cup, the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a senior goal for Manchester United.

$48.75 – Reserved Balcony and GA Floor (4 ticket limit)
Tickets for Snow Patrol’s Fallen Empires tour are currently available at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

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