The Darkness Announce Headline Dublin Show
Sunday 27th February 2022
Tickets from €33.65 Incl. booking fee
Limelight 1, Belfast
28th February 2022
The Darkness have announced plans to bring their Motorheart tour to 3Olympia Theatre on 27th February. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster Ireland.
The band say “The time has come, the walrus said… to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half… come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon.
The Darkness’ new album ‘Motorheart’ is set for release on 19th November.
Tickets from €33.65 including booking fees are on sale now from Ticketmaster.
For more visit: www.thedarknesslive.com
The Darkness: Their Struggle
Good men, much like unprompted and ill-timed tumescence, are hard to keep down. The story of The Darkness is the story of a few good men, great men who, against all the odds, secured a rock’n’roll victory and then successfully snatched a temporary defeat from the jaws of that victory only to rise again, like that previously mentioned affliction, and snatch that victory back, again. Yes, there are a lot of snatches in this paragraph, for it is that class of a tale.
The last few rockers stood out like Neanderthals down the supermarket in the early part of this century, still clutching to their leather and denim clad bosoms the seemingly antiquated notion that rock’n’roll should be loud, rawkus even, and have its – or, preferably, someone else’s – tongue stuck firmly in its cheek. Others felt no such want for what they saw as redundant fare, but The Darkness cared little for what the populace may have wanted, they knew what was needed.
After changing their name from Empire – a portent of future conquests – their ferocious live shows engendered a fanatical/borderline-demented fanbase which allowed them to sell out the London Astoria before they had put a pen anywhere near a contract. Speaking of which, one could hardly say there was a bidding war for their John Hancocks, and certain members of the fourth estate looked askance at the band, but if you remember your history books, you’ll know that they gave Jesus a hard time too. Their debut, Permission To Land, when it, eh, landed, took up lengthy residence in the northern reaches of the charts and went on to sell somewhere in the region of 1.5 million copies in the UK alone. That is what is known in the ‘biz’ as quadruple platinum. There are unconfirmed reports that many of those supposedly in the ‘know’ in the same ‘biz’ were walking around under dark clouds, kicking cans up and down empty streets, for a long time.
The album’s shelf life was greatly extended by the release of the greatest single of all time, ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, in September of 2003, which even sold over half a million copies in the U.S. of A. What would any band worth their salt do next? Why, release a classic Christmas single of course, and ensure that the cupboards of future pensions would never be entirely bare.
There were BRIT awards, Kerrang Awards, even Ivor Novellos. There was an ‘underrated’ second album, One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back! and a tour with a flying boob chariot. It was a glorious belle époque in which to be alive but, and it’s a tale as old as time, certain members were enjoying themselves just that little bit too much, and everything came to an ignominious end. Like Icarus of old, they had flown too close to the sun. As celebrated philosopher/headbanger Lao Tzu once memorably put it, the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Rock historians now refer to the barren period between 2006 and 2011 as the dark ages du rock, or rock’s nuclear winter, forced as believers were to subside on a diet lacking in proper nutrition. Tankards were raised morosely in ale houses across the land as we remembered the good times and mourned what had been lost. Finally, the stone was rolled away, and our saviours emerged from the tomb, announcing reunion shows.
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