The Darkness

Written by on February 23, 2012 in February 23, 2012, Live Reviews - Comments Off on The Darkness

The DarknessThe sweet smell of British glam rock filled the air in Denver’s Summit Music Hall last week as The Darkness stopped in a for a night of catchy riffs, flying hair and a fitting post-Valentine’s Day ode to love, drugs, rehab and all the other rock’n’roll themes that have endured through the ages.  It’s been about seven years since the newly reunited band have graced a stage within the United States.  But judging from the enthusiasm of the sold-out crowd, the British quartet were far from forgotten, and in fact, were long overdue for a return.


On the heels of a short, but fiery, opening set from Cincinatti’s Foxy Shazam, the Darkness walked onto the stage and started into their 21-song set with a boisterous zeal that carried through the night. Frontman Justin Hawkings, sporting head-to-toe leather american flag number, effortlessly churned out his characteristic falsetto vocals while engaging the crowd and even tossing in several costume changes.  The evening’s setlist included a generous sampling from the group’s two albums including “Love is Only a Feeling,” “Black Shuck,” “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” and “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now.”  An unexpected cover of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” also made it into the mix, confusing some and delighting others.

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Of course, what night with The Darkness would be complete without the anthem that started it all: “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”?  And so, it was, with the (recently featured in a Super Bowl ad) song that the band
entered into the encore and finished out the final stretch of a fun and well-played show.