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The Darkness Sell out The Showbox in Seattle

April 4, 2018

The Darkness (Tour de Prance) - Showbox - Seattle 4.3.18
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia -  
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Where do I even start? Since 2003 when I saw the "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" video I've enjoyed The Darkness.

I remember seeing this video for the first time and my jaw dropped. Growing up as a 70s classic/hard/mainstream/glam rock of the 70s The Darkness were like a visual and soundful re-blasting of everything cool about what 70s rock had to offer in a new package decades later. Frontman Justin Hawkins took everything cool about the frontmen of the 70s like Freddie Mercury, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Bon Scott and made it his own in a tongue and cheek U.K. way with his interesting falsetto vocals. 

I knew I wasn't the only one cause the "Permission To Land" album went on to sell millions around the world and the band won many Brit Awards to add. They cemented themselves as rock stars faster than they probably ever dreamed of behind other hits from that album like "Growing on Me", "Love Is Only a Feeling" and the big one with "I Believe in a Thing Called Love". 
 Their fast paced success and constant touring proved detrimental with bassist Frankie Poullain leaving the band and a year later after the 2nd album release in 2005 of "One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back", singer Justin Hawkins left after successfully going through a rehabilitation course. Even with the album going platinum in the U.K. the band disbanded from 2006-2011. When the original 4 guys reunited for some gigs in 2011 and released their "Hot Cakes" album in the same year, things were back in gear for fans around the world. Then "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" and Justin were featured in the over-the-top 2012 Samsung phone Superbowl commercial {View} and a whole new wave of fans were exposed to the band. In 2015 The Darkness released their "Last of Our Kind" album and afterwards their drummer was replaced by the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor - Rufus Tiger Taylor. 
 Fast forward to this Seattle show date 4.3.18 and the band recently (10.6.17) released a new killer album "Pinewood Smile". The humor is still there with their crazy funny album cover {See/Listen} but the music is dead serious with great tunes from start to finish. From the singles of the AC/DC vibed "Solid Gold" 
 to the Queen-like tune and Monkees influenced humor video of "All The Pretty Girls"
 and total jam rocking of "Japanese Prisoner of Love" {Hear} this "Pinewood Smile" album release has something for everyone! 
 This "Tour de Prance" tour supporting that album has been a major success so far. Might be hard to believe but of all the shows I've seen and shot for the past 3+ decades I've never had the opportunity to see or shoot The Darkness until tonight! With a sold-out Showbox venue, The Darkness did not disapoint as one of the best live and entertaining rock bands you'll ever see! Justin Hawkins is such a rock star, strolling onstage in a full leapord jumpsuit with full cape I knew this was gonna be one hell of a show. Blasting through a 17-song set The Darkness covered all their great tunes over the years with a setlist that incuded: Open Fire / Love Is Only a Feeling / Southern Trains / Black Shuck / One Way Ticket / Givin' Up / All the Pretty Girls / Barbarian / Buccaneers of Hispaniola / Friday Night / Every Inch of You / Solid Gold / Stuck in a Rut / Get Your Hands Off My Woman / Growing on Me / Encore: Japanese Prisoner of Love / I Believe in a Thing Called Love. 
 One cool highlight during the show was when Justin put on some hats fans threw up onstage at the time. When the Seattle Sonics hat was thrown on (see in photo above) the crowd lost its mind. Another cool moment was during "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" when he went (as Justin called crowd surfing) swimming he went into a funny "bonk on the nose" rant and into a crowd mimicking sing along that was brillant. Can't tell ya how cool and silly this band is live, it's like Queen one moment, Spinal Tap the next, a perfect U.K. smart ass rockin' time. Basically great music with lots of extra entertainment thrown into the mix! Justin Hawkins is one of the best live frontman you'll ever see in rock music! Get out there and see any of the remain dates through next month. Make sure to get there early for the slamming rock openers from Nashville Diarrhea Planet! WOW they were active! 
 Keep up to date with The Darkness at: 
4/04 Vancouver, BC – Vogue
4/06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
4/07 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
4/08 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
4/10 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
4/11 Chicago, IL – Park West
4/13 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
4/14 Cleveland, OH – Agora ballroom
4/15 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre – SOLD OUT!
4/17 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
4/18 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
4/20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel 
4/21 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
4/22 Boston, MA – Royale 
4/24 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
4/25 Norfolk, VA – Norva Theatre
4/27 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
4/28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT!
4/30 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
5/01 Austin, TX – Emo’s
5/02 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall