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THE DARKNESS, O2 Academy, Glasgow
The Darkness have been through a lot in their relatively short career,
an amazingly successful first album which led to a two year whirlwind of
touring, excess, a difficult second album and an eventual break up.
however the band have reformed and following a tour at the start of the
year and a high spot on the main stage at Download their profile is on
the ascendancy once more.
have hit the road once again for an extensive UK tour to cement the
renewed wave of popularity and looking at the size of the crowd in the
hall it appears to be working.
First up we
had a band I knew nothing about Foxy Shazam. Their on stage
performance can be summed up in one word, mental! The band don't stand
still for a minute, especially frontman Eric Sean Nally, who
somersaulted his way across the stage, did headstands and bounced on top
of every piece of equipment available. As well as being a visual feast
they also had the songs to go with the performance, highlight being
'Unstoppable'. It was a short but very entertaining, one to check out
further in the future.
Darkness put on a show that is guaranteed to put a smile on the
grumpiest of mugs.
as Foxy Shazam were, tonight's main event proved to be in another
league. The Darkness put on a show that is guaranteed to put a
smile on the grumpiest of mugs.
Even before the band took to the stage I had a smile on my face as the
intro tape of Arrival by ABBA was blasted from the PA, always loved that
tune and judging by the amount of people singing along I wasn't the only
one with the guilty secret.
The band hit the stage and launched into 'Black Shuck' and followed that
with 'Growing On Me' and 'The Best Of Me'.
guys were on excellent form, it is easy to forget just how good they are
and how many hits they have in their arsenal. Justin was in good voice
and was vamping it up for all he was worth, there were even a couple of
costume changes during the set with the cat suits making a welcome
With hits aplenty, flames, fireworks and even snow to accompany
'Christmas Time ( Don't Let The Bells End)' the band put on a first
class rock show with the emphasis firmly on fun, something that is
lacking all too often at gigs.
Finishing the set we were treated to 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love'
with Justin having a dig at the recent X Factor version, I couldn't
possibly repeat what was said about that, and 'Love On The Rocks With No
Ice' complete with Justin being taken through the crowd on the shoulders
of a lucky member of the road crew.
On this form The Darkness are once again a force to be reckoned with and
above all they provide a fantastic night's entertainment. Catch them
while you can, they will make you smile!
Review by David Wilson
Photos by Steve Goudie
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