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.”

The Darkness Announce North American Tour

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

Justin Hawkins commented:

“North America! We come to you again, humble in our mission but resolute in our purpose. Join with us in the benediction of ROCK, as we bring our ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ world tour to your spume-flecked shores. We cancelled Easter and now we are going to cancel your souls — let’s reboot together in the epiphany that only 150% pure adrenalin can bring. You are me, I am you, and music is the river that will carry us to our destiny. P.S. concert tickets available at extremely reasonable prices from all usual outlets.”

Tour Dates:

04/13 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
04/14 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theater
04/15 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
04/17 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox
04/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
04/24 San Diego, CA – The Observatory – North Park
04/25 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
04/28 Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
04/29 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
05/01 Concord, SC – Epicenter Festival
05/02 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05/03 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
05/05 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
05/06 New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA
05/08 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
05/09 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/11 Boston, MA – Royale
05/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05/13 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
05/16 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
05/17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
05/19 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/20 Kansas City, MO – Truman
05/22 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
05/23 Chicago, IL – Park West

The Darkness Premiere “In Another Life” Music Video

The Darkness have premiered a new video for their song “In Another Life.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Easter Is Cancelled.”

Frontman Justin Hawkins said the following:

“These days music videos are too often an afterthought when structuring an album campaign… ‘walk towards the camera looking mean… ooh, jump off that… Make it look like that thing is going up your bum,’ the director suggests, and like spaniels we obediently do so, at the expense of dignity and self respect. The results are invariably rubbish.

In Kristy [‘Kristy May Currie’ (‘Hells Bells’ co-director)], we have found our savior. She came to us with an entire concept, storyboard, shot list and cast. All we had to do was look fabulous and ‘act.’ It was like the glorious olden days, when everything we did mattered enough to be done properly. Kristy is brilliant and passionate and I hope we get to work with her again!

I know from my own experience that when one is as beautiful as [model and TV personality] Abbey Clancy, there is no obligation to be nice to anybody. There’s no obligation for her to do anything at all; the sheer force of her beauty will bend the universe to her will. Nevertheless, she is the living embodiment of grace and kindness. Aside from her brilliant acting and dazzling appearance, she was awesome company and we had a great laugh all day. I’m beginning to wonder if perhaps she is an actual angel. Anyway, I’m a disciple of Clancy and I make no apologies for that. I hereby dedicate my life to her.

I hope folks enjoy this vid, it was a thrill to make. We all insisted on doing our own stunts so this may be the last The Darkness music video for a while as we explore opportunities in Hollywood.”

Clancy also commented:

“It was so much fun saving Justin from the fiery gates of hell. I’m a big fan of The Darkness and I’m so happy they asked me to be involved. The guys made the video shoot so easy and we had so much fun on set. It looks amazing, and playing an angel was a heavenly way to spend the day.”

The Darkness Premiere New Song “Easter Is Cancelled”

The Darkness have premiered a new song titled “Easter Is Cancelled.” This is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on October 4. It’s worth noting that cover art for the effort has been banned by various platforms due to religious reasons. As a result, the below clip contains the original artwork and a censored version.

Rufus “Tiger” Taylor commented:

“That was the last song we wrote for the album. We needed a fast one. So Dan and I were given that challenge. We had a day of jamming. It was one of those things where we just sat down and bang — the first thing we played became the first four bars of the finished song.”

Justin Hawkins added:

“Rufus and Dan came up with this AC/DC boogie thing, except with all these weird, progressive time changes. Lyrically, it’s one of the multiverse ones. You can’t be angry about a multiverse. It makes everything more manageable. You have to be comforted by the fact that there’s a reality somewhere it isn’t all shit. Conversely, when everything is going right, there’s a universe where it isn’t, and you should be grateful.”

The Darkness Premiere “Heart Explodes” Music Video

The Darkness have premiered a new video for their new song “Heart Explodes.” This track is from the band’s new album “Easter Is Cancelled,” which will be released on October 4.

Frontman Justin Hawkins said the following about the “mini-rock opera”:

“It’s about the despair of change. Having to reappraise your life and what you’re holding on to. It’s like that feeling when you just want to go for a swim and keep going. Wanting to be enveloped by something that will gradually pull you down. If you really, really want to survive that process, you can. We’ve all been there — people who say they haven’t are lying.”

Guitarist Dan Hawkins added:

“The difference between The Darkness’ sadness and other bands’ sadness is that we don’t wallow in it. Even when it’s sad, there’s a playfulness to it.”

The Darkness Premiere “Rock And Roll Deserves To Die” Music Video

The Darkness have premiered a new video for their new song “Rock And Roll Deserves To Die.” This track is from the band’s new album “Easter Is Cancelled,” which will be released on October 4. Frankie Poullain commented:

“A lot of bands have relinquished their duty. Rock and roll is so uniform now. Everybody dresses the same, looks the same, sounds the same. It’s pathetic. It deserves to die. Let’s kill the cliché. Let’s break the crucifix. That’s partly what the album is about.”

The Darkness To Release New Album “Easter Is Cancelled” In October

The Darkness have announced that their new album “Easter Is Cancelled” will be released on October 4 via Cooking Vinyl. You can pre-order the effort HERE and watch a new promotional video below:

The Darkness Stream “Solid Gold” From “Live At Hammersmith”

The Darkness are streaming “Solid Gold” off their new live album “Live At Hammersmith.” That effort will be released on June 15, and it will feature the band’s December 10, 2017 “Tour De Prance” show, which was held at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London.