The Darkness - The Darkness Play Better Sober

The Darkness find it much easier to play shows now they're sober.

The 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' rockers - who originally split in 2006 over drug problems within the band - are making their comeback this summer with a string of shows and festival appearances, and find their newfound sobriety makes playing their sets much better.

Speaking after three low key comeback shows, guitarist Dan Hawkins told BANG Showbiz: "The last two or three gigs It's a new experience for me, I won't lie to you, but it's been great. It's actually a lot easier to play when you're sober. I know it sounds like the most obvious thing in the world, but it really is.

"Now we're just doing music, we're not doing all the other stuff we used to do. All that stuff is the baggage that drags it down and makes it not real and enjoyable"

Speaking at the Kerrang! Awards 2011, his brother, singer Justin added: "I'm used to it now, I've been sober for a long time, I don't find it too bad."

Although their sobriety helps them play their instruments, the band's comeback shows have, however, seen them affected by nerves.

Dan added: "The first show went at about 100 miles an hour we played everything so fast, it was a speedy show. The second one calmed down slightly then the third one was exactly as we wanted it to be."

The Darkness today (10.06.11) announced a 14 date UK and Ireland tour for this November

Darkness UK tour Autumn 2011:

Liverpool O2 Academy - 8 November

Edinburgh HMV Picture House - 9 November

Glasgow O2 Academy - 10 November

Newcastle O2 Academy - 12 November

Manchester Academy - 13 November

Bristol O2 Academy - 14 November

Brighton Dome - 16 November

Birmingham O2 Academy - 17 November

Southampton Guildhall - 18 November

Cambridge Corn Exchange - 20 November

Sheffield O2 Academy - 21 November

Nottingham Rock City - 22 November

Norwich U.E.A - 24 November

London HMV Hammersmith Apollo - 25 November


Contactmusic

Tags: The Darkness - Dan Hawkins - Kerrang - Hammersmith Apollo


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Guardians of the Galaxy is still three weeks ago from hitting cinemas...

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars which stunned critics at Cannes and features...

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer...

Lucy Trailer

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

It’s that time again! Time for Comic-Con to make life a little bit weirder – and better..

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5

Everyone’s favourite period drama of manners, ‘Downton Abbey’ is heading back...

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5
Advertisement

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to...

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that Marvel will keep putting out...

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of "Brave" Festival

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly a stranger to playing in front of huge crowds at...

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

The Darkness Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The Darkness

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All