DOWN but not out – ironic rockers The Darkness are fighting their way back into public consciousness.
Once, one of the biggest bands in Britain, their debut album sold more than one million copies, and came agonizingly close to a Christmas number one with their song Christmas time: Don’t let the bells end.
However, the band’s second album One way ticket to hell....and back couldn’t reach the lofty heights of Permission to land and soon the future of the glam rockers was in doubt.
Bassist Frankie Poullain was “frozen” out the band in 2005 and, a year later, lead singer Justin Hawkins was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in concern of his health, which caused the band to cancel several concerts and this eventually resulted in his departure.
Then, the Darkness were no more — or so we thought.
After five years of various side projects with limited success, the band are back together and befitting of their grandiose image, they are currently setting out on a world tour.
The band’s reunion is with their original line-up with brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham in the set-up.
Hawkins said: “There’ll probably be an album in 2012, but somehow we’ll get new music out before then.
“A UK tour at the end of that year and then the world. Again
“The main thing for us is to make sure that musically we turn the experience into something positive again. We’ve been remembering why it was so much fun in the first place, just four men making loud music in a room.
So once again, Hawkins will be donning a pair of tiger stripe pants or perhaps the famous cat suits of the band’s first runwith a white Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder.
But after what is essentially eight years out of the spotlight, the band have a lot to prove to their long forgotten fans.
With support from Foxy Shazam, the show starts at 7pm at the 02 Academy. Tickets from www.ticketweb.co.uk.