I’ve been a big Darkness fan since a friend of mine told me how good Permission to Land was and I went out and bought it. I was lucky enough to see them at the Manchester Evening News Arena in February 2006 just after their second album One Way Ticket to Hell came out. Then Justin Hawkins decided he couldn’t handle the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle anymore and left the band.
Strictly speaking the Darkness don’t exist anymore. The remaining members got a new bassist (as the bassist took on singing and guitar duties) and they’re now called the Stone Gods. I couldn’t believe my luck when I discovered they were playing the Norwich waterfront and there were still tickets available. So we went hoping for a few darkness numbers.
We didn’t even get one. In fact the best song all night was probably the one they opened with. So all rather disappointing. As a band they played well and the songs showed promise. I just didn’t get the Darkness songs I wanted. The Stone Gods have got an EP coming out in February. I’m looking forward to it.