Preview: The Darkness, Portsmouth Pyramids (6/12/2013)

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Tongue in cheek rockers The Darkness are embarking on a mammoth 28-date UK tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their quadruple platinum selling debut album Permission To Land, which they will be playing in its entirety every night, along with a selection of their other hits and some B-sides and rarities that often aren’t heard live.

The Darkness have somewhat rehabilitated their image and public profile in the last two years, after disappearing off the general public’s radar in 2006 after a disappointing second album, followed closely by the shocking and sudden exit of vocalist Justin Hawkins. This led the band to embark on a 5 year hiatus while all the members pursued other projects. However, they’ve been busy boys since reforming in 2011, what with a support tour with Lady Gaga and a couple of headline tours of their own, both in the UK and internationally. Not only this, but they also managed to release a new album in 2012 called Hot Cakes which hit number 4 on the UK album chart and thoroughly cemented their status as the party princes of British rock.

For anyone who has never seen a Darkness show before, expect acrobatic antics and jaw-dropping high notes from lycra-clad vocalist Justin Hawkins, and a set full of boisterous and often very funny rock anthems. Support on the tour comes from Queen-loving, theatrical rock geniuses Lostalone and vintage style blues rock band The River 68s. The tour calls into the Portsmouth Pyramids on the 6th December and tickets are available here.

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