Continuing their worldwide whirlwind of a tour — which started in the U.K. with a critically acclaimed reunion show at the Download festival in June and has made stops in Sweden, Spain, Japan and Italy culminating this week with 14 sold-out U.K. shows — reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS are taking their electrifying and outrageous rock ‘n’ roll to North America.
From Lowestoft, Suffolk, frontman/guitarist Justin Hawkins says, “We literally cannot wait to hit back in the U.S. and Canada. We loved it last time and we’re sure to love it again. See you there!”
The new tour features all the guitar mastery and wild pyrotechnics that THE DARKNESS shows have become well-known for. The group will perform music from 2003 album “Permission To Land”, including favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman”; 2005’s “One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back” with “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?”; as well as several new songs off their forthcoming yet-to-be-titled third album. This marks the band’s first return to the States since their 2004 tour supporting “Permission To Land”. THE DARKNESS will hit North America starting February 1 in Toronto and wrapping February 21 in San Francisco (see dates below). Tickets are on-sale this week and Facebook fans of the group will have an exclusive window to buy tickets before the general public.
After their reformation in March, THE DARKNESS have romped, roared and raged through summer and fall with appearances at many of Europe’s most prestigious festivals including a headlining appearance at Sonisphere in Madrid. This fall, they hit the road in Japan and England with new songs and fan favorites to crazed, capacity crowds.
The band’s as-yet-untitled comeback CD was rehearsed in THE DARKNESS‘ Lowestoft hometown and was recorded at guitarist Dan Hawkins‘ home studio.
THE DARKNESS made its U.K. live comeback on June 5 in front of just 200 people at the Norwich Waterfront.
THE DARKNESS‘ appearance at the Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom in June marked the band’s first festival appearance since splitting up in 2006.
THE DARKNESS‘ first album, “Permission To Land”, was released in 2003, hitting the No. 1 spot in the U.K. chart and winning “MasterCard British Album” at the 2004 Brit Awards (along with “Best British Group” and “British Rock Act”).
Between 2003 and 2006, THE DARKNESS was honored with many awards and accolades; along with three Brit Awards, the band won an Ivor Novello in 2004 for “Songwriters Of The Year”, four Kerrang! Awards, two Metal Hammer Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award and even an Elle Style Award in 2004 for “Most Stylish Band”.
THE DARKNESS North American tour dates:
Feb. 01 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
Feb. 03 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Feb. 04 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Feb. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Feb. 08 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
Feb. 10 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Feb. 11 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb. 12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb. 15 – Denver, CO – Summit
Feb. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Feb. 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Feb. 19 – Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 21 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore