An Irishman Abroad

Gary Lightbody: Episode 245

May 25, 2018

Gary Lightbody has seen all of his dreams come true as the frontman of Snow Patrol and yet, the last 7 year's have been the most difficult of his life. In this incredibly raw and powerful interview, Gary opens up about facing his demons on the new Snow Patrol album (37:00), the incredible toll that constant touring takes (13:00) and the risky surgery that he turned down which could have cost him his career (28:00).

From the hilarious story of his discovery of acupuncture (32:00) to sleeping on fans' couches (9:00) and co-writing with Taylor SwiftEd Sheeran and One Direction (19:00), this interview is a true highlight of the series to date.

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