The Darkness Announce European Leg Of “Permission To Land” 20th Anniversary Tour

The Darkness are planning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Permission To Land” by performing the album in full on a headlining world tour. The European leg has already been announced and it will kickoff in November. Dates in the U.S., UK, and Australia are still pending.

Tour Dates:

11/07 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
11/08 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
11/09 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
11/11 Munich, GER – Technikum
11/13 Rome, ITA – Orion
11/14 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
11/15 Modena, ITA – Vox
11/17 Prattlen, SWI – Z7
11/18 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
11/20 Bern, SWI – Muhle Hunziken
11/22 Brussels, BEL – AB
11/23 Paris, FRA – La Cigale
11/24 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg Max

Frontman Justin Hawkins commented:

“When ‘Permission To Land’ landed, twenty short years ago, we were bathed in shock and awe. As if by magic, rock wasn’t dead! Fun wasn’t banned! And Spandex was almost acceptable again…

Well, guess what? Twenty years on, the same rules apply. So please to squeeze yourselves into those inappropriate leggings, back-comb your mullet, splash on a big handful of attitude, and come celebrate with us! We promise everything and we deliver, every time. Bring on the next twenty!

The Darkness. The best. For you. Forever.”

The group are also planning to release a 20th anniversary deluxe edition of “Permission To Land” later this year.

Watch The Darkness Perform “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” With Steel Panther’s Michael Starr

During their June 18 set at Hellfest in Clisson, France, The Darkness were joined onstage by Steel Panther’s Michael Starr. You can see fan-filmed footage of them performing “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” together below:

Black Stone Cherry, The Darkness, & Danko Jones Announce UK Tour

Black Stone Cherry, The Darkness, and Danko Jones have announced an early 2023 UK tour. Here’s the dates:

01/28 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
01/29 Liverpool, UK – M&S Bank Arena
01/30 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
01/31 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
02/02 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
02/03 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
02/04 London, UK – OVO Arena

The Darkness Announce North American Tour With The Dead Deads

The Darkness have announced a headlining North American tour. The Dead Deads will open.

Tour Dates:

03/09 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
03/10 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
03/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
03/13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
03/16 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
03/17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
03/20 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
03/22 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
03/23 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/25 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
03/26 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
03/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club – The Rave Hall
03/29 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
03/30 Chicago, IL – Park West
04/01 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nighclub & Concert Venue
04/02 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
04/03 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
04/05 Austin, TX – Mohawk
04/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/08 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
04/09 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/10 Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
04/12 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
04/13 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
04/15 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
04/16 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
04/18 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04/19 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
04/20 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
04/22 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
04/23 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
04/24 Boston, MA – Royale

Justin Hawkins commented:

“You there, in the Americas — hear me, and hear me well: The Darkness know your pain, know that you have cried yourselves to sleep every night, bereft of quality English rock music. Well, desist from weeping and pull up your fully grown adult pants — salvation is upon you! As doctors, we UNDERSTAND the healing power of rock music and we have instructed our minions to make arrangements for us to visit your moderately distant shores. The cryogenically sealed Tupperware box of roadies has been set to ‘Thor’ and the mighty winged chariot has been dusted off. Remember — one lick of Darkness sweat and you will be cured — you will literally walk again, without COVID or anything! But what price freedom and eternal life, I hear you ask? To you sir, about thirty bucks (plus local taxes and booking fee). Now get the fuck in!”

The Darkness Premiere “It’s Love, Jim” Video

The Darkness have premiered a new video for their new song “It’s Love, Jim.” This track is from the band’s new album “Motorheart,” which will be released on November 19. Frontman Justin Hawkins commented:

“This song (herein referred to as “she/her”) is all about an extra-terrestrial goddess of other worldly beauty. She’s fast, powerful, not of this earth. Her sensual symphony nestles in your ear and lays mind eggs that seep confidence liquid into your brains. You’ll feel invincible all day long, and everything will go right after you hear it. Yeah, so it’s really catchy and should be number 1 all around the world please.”

The Darkness Premiere “Jussy’s Girl” Music Video

The Darkness have premiered a new video for their new song “Jussy’s Girl.” This track is from the band’s new album “Motorheart,” which will be released on November 19. Frontman Justin Hawkins commented:

“‘Jussy’s Girl’ is a song about unrequited desires of both the flesh and the heart. Although one could argue that hearts are made out of the same stuff as flesh. You know what I mean though. It’s about an unspeakable longing, but sounds like a bloke walking around in his 501s on a sunny day. It’s sad, but also carefree. Sonically, we were aiming for somewhere between Def Leppard and Billy Ocean. Well, I was. There’s a helicopter in it and an awesome guitar solo. What more could you ask for?”

The Darkness Premiere New Song “Motorheart”

The Darkness have shared a lyric video for the title track of their new album “Motorheart.” That effort will be released on November 19. Justin Hawkins commented:

“‘Motorheart’ rocks harder than anything we’ve done before. It makes me happy and proud to crank it up and literally shake my Swiss chalet to its foundations. Dan did an awesome job on the production. It’ll take your face off, but your skull will be grinning from meatus to meatus. Please, to enjoy.”

“Motorheart” Track Listing:

01. “Welcome Tae Glasgae”
02. “It’s Love, Jim”
03. “Motorheart”
04. “The Power And The Glory Of Love”
05. “Jussy’s Girl”
06. “Sticky Situations”
07. “Nobody Can See Me Cry”
08. “Eastbound”
09. “Speed Of The Nite Time”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:

10. “You Don’t Have To Be Crazy About Me… But It Helps”
11. “It’s A Love Thang (You Wouldn’t Understand)”
12. “So Long”

The Darkness To Release New Album “Motorheart” In October, Announce UK Tour

The Darkness have announced that their new album “Motorheart” will be released on October 15. You can pre-order the record HERE and check out the cover art below:

In other news, The Darkness have also announced a fall 2021 UK tour with British Lion. Justin Hawkins said the following about that:

“The time has come, the walrus said… to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half… come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon. Which it may well be, but I wouldn’t like to comment any further on that. Get in kids, it’s The Darkness, wot you knows and luvs, plus British Lion — [Iron Maiden bassist] Steve Harris’s top rock band who are guaranteed to blow your socks straight up your welcoming arses. What a night! Delirium! Outfits, including hats! Denim that smells of hamsters! Who doesn’t want that? See you down the front, connoisseurs of the finest that life has to offer…”

Tour Dates:

11/17 Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
11/19 Margate, UK – Winter Gardens
11/20 Bournemouth, UK – O2 Academy
11/21 Southend, UK – Cliffs Pavillion
11/23 Norwich, UK – UEA
11/24 Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
11/26 Reading, UK – The Hexagon
11/27 Cardiff, UK – The Great Hall
11/29 Exeter, UK – The Great Hall
11/30 Guilford, UK – G Live
12/02 Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
12/03 Manchester, UK – Academy
12/04 Hull, UK – Bonus Arena
12/06 Stoke-on-Trent, UK – The Victoria
12/07 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
12/09 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
12/10 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
12/11 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
12/13 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/14 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
12/16 London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
12/17 London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

The Darkness Announce “Lockdown Live: Streaming Of A White Christmas” Concert

The Darkness have announced a livestream concert, which they are calling “Lockdown Live: Streaming Of A White Christmas.” The event will take place at the Indigo at The O2 in London, UK on December 18 at 8 p.m. GMT.

Frontman Justin Hawkins commented:

“Okay, so we pressed the wrong button and cancelled Easter. And we’re sorry about that. Let’s move on, yeah? Christmas is coming, and nothing says joy and surprise like The Darkness rocking live in your living room! Santa gets a day off as we deliver the Premier Cru streamed concert of the year live to you from the IndigO2 in London town. Let us in at your interweb window as we celebrate life, love, Christmas and rock music, all wrapped in tinsel and delivered to you on a golden dream sleigh of almost ludicrous proportions.

Expect hits, old and new. Beards, flayed by the snow engines of entertainment. Fairy lights, plugged in and mostly working. A few brave and/or immune rockers will have the good fortune to join us in the stadium of dreams for this exclusive event — check out our written facts to understand. This will be an unparalleled night of true artistic integrity, so don’t dilly dally. Let’s rock our cocking socks off together for Christmaaaaaas!”

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. GMT on November 27 via AXS. Notably, a limited amount of people will be able to attend the show in person with social distancing requirements in place. Those fans are encouraged to show up in Christmas themed fancy dress. The performance will also be recorded and released as a live album, titled “Streaming Of A White Christmas,” in April 2021. That effort can be pre-ordered HERE.

In other news, The Darkness have also teamed up with Signature Brew to create a new beer called “Bells End.” Guitarist Dan Hawkins said the following about the seasonal bitter ale:

“The tasting session for Bells End went well. It was a big night and we tried every ale that we could think of. We wanted a beer that’s punchy and drinkable at the same time. Signature Brew really know their stuff and captured exactly what we were after. Bells End has got a bit of oomph to it but it’s something you can drink in the run-up to Christmas and throughout the whole season. It’s a very wintry beer, it’s perfect and we can’t wait for everyone to try it.”