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The Darkness At The Stone Free Festival

Justin Hawkins , The Darkness - The Darkness at the Stone Free Festival, O2 Arena, London at O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 18th June 2016

Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness

The Darkness Performs At Freestone Festival

The Darkness - Rock band The Darkness performs on the mainstage at Freestone Festival - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 18th June 2016

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2015 Boardmasters Festival

Justin Hawkins , The Darkness - Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins surfs into their headline slot at Boardmasters Festival - Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th August 2015

Justin Hawkins and The Darkness

The Darkness - Last Of Our Kind Album Review


Whether you ever liked them or not appears to be, at the point, completely beside the point. Having done that whole reunion thing, Britain's once most marmite rock act are back up to their old tricks again on album number four. When The Darkness got back together after a five year hiatus, they wowed crowds by being a well-oiled rock machine on the live circuit and releasing the fairly meat and potatoes, darkness by numbers 'Hot Cakes' LP. 'Last of Our Kind' affords the Darkness the opportunity to stretch their legs a little more, sonically speaking.

The Darkness - Last of Our Kind Album Review

The record opens with a dramatic scene setting monologue, before the huge, rumbling riff kicks proceedings off. This is exactly what you'd expect from The Darkness: a big strident rock belter with huge guitars and some signature falsetto. There probably isn't another band on the planet with multiple top 10 singles to their name who can announce the arrival of a roaring guitar solo by screaming "we are the sons of Ragnar", but by God that's why we love The Darkness.

Next up is 'Open Fire', which has a more refined, 80s rock feel taking in influences like The Cult. This number has chiming guitars and a deeper, more guttural vocal delivery which sounds like their time mentoring Foxy Shazam has rubbed off. One negative about 'Last of Our Kind' would be that largely, the lyrics aren't quite as marvellous as on previous efforts, but on 'Open Fire', the line "Gimme a hug on a sheepskin rug" showcases some classic Darkness humour.

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The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

Justin Hawkins, Frank Poullain and The Darkness - The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2013 at The Roundhouse in Camden Town - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th November 2013

Justin Hawkins, Frank Poullain and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins, Frank Poullain, Dan Hawkins, Ed Graham and The Darkness
Justin Hawkins
Justin Hawkins

Mariah Carey Sings 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' On Jimmy Fallon; Plus, Our Top 5 Christmas Songs


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Mariah Carey ruddy loves reminding us that she sang one of the best known Christmas pop songs of all time. Just in case her original version of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' wasn’t played enough around this time of year as it was, she also decided to pop up wearing a really quite short Santa’s outfit alongside then 17 year-old Justin Bieber in re-do of the song last year.

So we were pretty firmly on Carey watch this year, just waiting to see when she’d pop up to offer yet another ‘fresh’ update on her ubiquitous track. And it happened with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in tow. In fairness, the chat show host sort of asked for it; he was going to perform a version of the song anyway with rappers The Roots in tow on toy instruments. Trust Carey to want to get in on the act though; sure enough, after the slow intro, there she was in a red dress, admittedly still hitting the notes and taking center stage as the rest of them played amiably behind her. Reports that she’d rushed off soon after the show because her senses had picked up a family in the Tulsa region about to get going on their own karaoke version of the song in their living room remain unsubstantiated.

Check out Carey join Fallon and The Roots below; then scroll down to see our own festive top 5.

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The Darkness And Joan Jett Confirmed As Tour Support For Lady Gaga Plus New 2013 Uk Dates Added

Posted on 08 November 2012

The Darkness And Joan Jett Confirmed As Tour Support For Lady Gaga Plus New 2013 UK Dates Added

Celebrities Outside The RTE Studios For 'The Late Late Show'

Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and The Darkness - Dan Hawkins, Ed Graham and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness Friday 14th September 2012 Celebrities outside the RTE Studios for 'The Late Late Show'

Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and The Darkness
Dan Hawkins and The Darkness

The Darkness, Manchester Academy Sunday, November 13, 2011 Live Review


When The Darkness disbanded in 2006 it ended a frantic three year period that culminated in the quartet becoming household names and tabloid darlings. Half a decade later they have returned with their original line up and are in the middle of a UK tour, following on from their Download Festival slot in the summer.

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