The Darkness Plan World Domination

Frontman Justin Hawkins says the newly reunited band will release new material and plan a world tour by 2012.

The Darkness Plan World Domination
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The Darkness have announced their first world tour since re-grouping from their 5-year split earlier this year. Frontman Justin Hawkins made the announcement, saying the comedy hair-metallers will also release new music. "There'll probably be a The Darkness album in 2012, but somehow we'll get new music out before then", he told Q Magazine. "A UK tour at the end of that year and then the world. Again." UG were one of the first to report that the band might see a return after an official looking website for the band appeared early this year. Spinner later confirmed it's authenticity with the domain records, which showed the site to be registered by their original PR company. An official confirmation arrived soon after, with the band being comprised of their original lineip of Justin and Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham. Their first live performances will take place in Norwich, Leamington Spa and London in early June. The gigs will act as a warm-up for their festival appearance at Download on June 10th. Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    Bag'ed
    Yes they are a comedy band in my eyes... What makes comedy comedy? Jokes. Just like The Darkness.
    jackdude500
    im glad they have the original line up i didnt like their new bassist he seemed like a knob
    Shorun
    I think the Darkness themselves don't know if it's comedy or not.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Garci wrote: "Comedy hair-metallers" does seem a bit insulting... just because they're able not to take themselves oh-so-seriously like every other "serious" (read: full of themselves) band doesn't mean that they're comedy. The Darkness is no parody or satire band: it's music through and through, with the difference of being cool without needing to be melodramatic
    Agreed. They're not up themselves and oh-so-serious and that somehow makes them a comedy band? Foo Fighters have funny film clips, I guess that makes them a comedy band too.
    dannydesktop
    oh yeah it's that band with the yodeler who wears that catsuit back in 2003 who had that one song everyone thought was cheesy. good glad there back. really no sarcasm.
    kangaxxter
    Hungry_Hameds wrote: "Comedy hair-metallers"? No... Glam rock. GLAM ROCK!! they dont take themselves to seriously but they're not Spinal Tap!! You gonna call Pearl Jam Reggae next???
    You mean Glam Metal. They are most definitely not Glam Rock. Glam rock is like David Bowie. It's irrelevant really, because The Darkness are most definitely Hair Metal (WTF is this comedy thing they do? this is the first time I've ever heard of it?)
    Hungry_Hameds
    "Comedy hair-metallers"? No... Glam rock. GLAM ROCK!! they dont take themselves to seriously but they're not Spinal Tap!! You gonna call Pearl Jam Reggae next???
    AsOneIStand
    As far as it goes with bands going back in time to make their music, I say Airbourne and Wolfmother have them beat.
    kratos379
    I only have one album by The Darkness. I definitely need to change that. They are an awesome band. They're one of the few good ones still out there.
    KingHenrik1967
    Oh. Fuck. Yeah !!! One piece spandex suits and a Les Paul in hand are returning. Praise Allah !!!
    ctviens
    The Darkness doing a world tour with Steel Panther as the opening band would be amazing.
    ChucklesMginty
    ctviens wrote: The Darkness doing a world tour with Steel Panther as the opening band would be amazing.
    No way! The Darkness should be opening for Steel Panther.
    White_Venom1993
    Fucking. Yes. Yesyesyes. I've been playing a lot of their shit on guitar recently. SO excited about this.
    Eurotrasher
    Are they a comedy band? I've only heard I believe in a thing called love, and Love is only a feeling. I thought those were pretty good, but do they also do jokey music?
    Garci
    "Comedy hair-metallers" does seem a bit insulting... just because they're able not to take themselves oh-so-seriously like every other "serious" (read: full of themselves) band doesn't mean that they're comedy. The Darkness is no parody or satire band: it's music through and through, with the difference of being cool without needing to be melodramatic
    eljono123
    I'm going to create a band.. and it shall be called.. THE DARKNESS! kids will love the T-shirts.. hahahah
    Mources
    Garci wrote: "Comedy hair-metallers" does seem a bit insulting... just because they're able not to take themselves oh-so-seriously like every other "serious" (read: full of themselves) band doesn't mean that they're comedy. The Darkness is no parody or satire band: it's music through and through, with the difference of being cool without needing to be melodramatic
    Agree'd Still darn awesome
    CodyThunder
    I never saw them as a comedy band. They're songs had legitimate lyrics, and their first album was great. Great rock and roll songs, with huge guitars, huge vocals, and solos.
    ApexGT
    The Darkness are certainly no "comedy" band. They were one of the best bands to come from the 00s for fans of classic hard rock. The bombast and theatrics of Queen mixed with the swagger and power of 70s Aerosmith; add extra absurdity and turn it up to 11 and you get The Darkness. I am very excited for their return.