After first experiencing a live performance from The Darkness at Victorious Festival a few years ago, I was the first to jump at the chance of seeing the flamboyant band again on their current tour. With extravagant glam rock attire and energy that would rival a Red Bull advert, I knew they wouldn’t disappoint.
The Darkness released their new album Pinewood Smile in October this year, and are now in the midst of a European tour to celebrate.
After playing all the old favourites, including 70s style rock-ballad Love is Only a Feeling, as well as crowd-pleasing One Way Ticket and Growing on Me, they hit us with some tracks from their new album, including All the Pretty Girls and Solid Gold.
“The Darkness; Brooding, magnificent. Like the mighty mother condor sitting upon a rock egg in a nest of curly hair on the side of a powerful mountain.”
After an hour and a half of storming the stage, the band left with the audience begging for more. After a few minutes of gig-goers stomping their feet and chanting ‘we want more’, The Darkness returned to the stage complete with a shiny new outfit and glittery guitar for Justin. With just over a month until Christmas to go, they got us feeling perfectly festive with a rendition of Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).
Finishing the show, of course, with I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Justin teased us with a watered-down version reminiscent of a bad gig he’d been to in his youth. It wasn’t long before he gave in to our demands and the whole crowd was singing, shouting, and jumping up and down to an explosive performance of everyone’s favourite song.
If you didn’t get a chance to see them at The Southampton Guildhall, make sure to check out the remaining tickets for the rest of their tour – http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/The-Darkness-tickets/artist/890404