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The Darkness

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Below is our complete The Darkness news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Rocklahoma Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The full lineup has now been announced for Rocklahoma, which takes place May 25-27 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The Rocklahoma lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Trivium, Red, Redlight King, Art of Dying, Aranda, Janus, New Medicine, James Durbin, Eve to Adam, Falling In Reverse, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade, Scarlett, S.E.X. Department, Ragdoll, Down & Dirty, Hessler, Lynam, Diemonds, Ruff Justice, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin’ Bullets, Through the Thorns, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, McCuin, We the Ghost, Tiranico, Baron Von Swagger, TwoFold, Aformatic, Delay the Day, and Jamco Industries. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Mad Men

Last Sunday both Motley Crue and The Darkness were featured in Super Bowl ads. They aren’t the first from their genre to sell out, or allow the semi-truck full of cash back up into their driveway, nor will they be the last. Over the past few years a lot of rockers from the eighties have partnered with Madison Avenue to create brief whore-like relationships. This week a look at the new Super Bowl commercials, and a few blasts from the past commercials: More...

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The Darkness Posts Video And Tour Dates

The Darkness has added three more dates to it's U.S. tour and has premiered it's new animated video "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," which we have posted below. The band is offering the single as a download by going over to The Darkness' official website. The Darkness will finally be releasing a it's full-length third album later in 2012. This tour marks the first time The Darkness has returned to U.S. soil in eight years.

2/4 – New York @ Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT
2/6 – New York @ Irving Plaza
2/7 – Philadelphia @ Trocadero
2/8 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT
2/10 – Detroit @ St Andrew’s Hall – SOLD OUT
2/11 – Chicago @ Metro – SOLD OUT
2/12 – Minneapolis @ First Avenue
2/15 – Denver @ Summit
2/17 – Las Vegas @ House of Blues
2/18 – Phoenix @ Celebrity Theatre
2/19 – Los Angeles @ House of Blues – Sunset Strip – SOLD OUT
2/21 – San Francisco @ Fillmore
2/23 – Portland @ Roseland Theater
2/24 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
2/25 – Seattle @ Neptune Theater More...

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The Darkness Performs New Song Live

New footage has made its way online featuring reunited U.K. hard rock act The Darkness performing a new song live. The track, titled "Cannonball," is set to appear on the band's forthcoming new full length album which is currently planned for an early 2012 release. You can check out the song in the player below.

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The Darkness Refute Rumors About Being Dropped

THE DARKNESS have, in fact, not been dropped by their US label, Atlantic Records, after only two albums. Despite their 2005 effort, "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back," failing to garner the same success as their debut "Permission To Land," which went gold in the States and double-platinum in the UK, the band are looking to release their third album in early 2007.

A message from the band regarding frontman Justin Hawkins entering rehab reads as follows:

"After Justin saw a doctor last week and was recommended to “cancel all professional commitments or work-related activities”, we had little choice but to cancel the band’s appearance at the Skanderborg Festival in Denmark, something that the band hate to do, but having been out on the road constantly for such a long time and having not had any time off over the past three years, that’s what Justin has decided to do and we are all agreed that his health must come first."

"As everybody found out today, Justin has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic. We would however like to make it clear that this emphatically does not signal the end for The Darkness, nor are their label Atlantic Records considering ‘dropping’ them. On the contrary they have taken up their option with the band and are looking forward to releasing The Darkness' third album in early 2007."

"We are not here to comment on Justin’s private life – or anyone else’s for that matter – but he is feeling better already and as soon as he is ready we will be going straight into the studio to begin recording album number 3."

"We hope you would join us in wishing Justin well – and it is for you to judge if a platinum album, headlining and co-headlining sold out shows across the UK, Continental Europe and Australia, etc. to an audience of tens of thousands of adoring fans can ever be considered a failure!"

"Dan, Ed and Richie"

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The Darkness Singer Checks Into Rehab

THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins checked himself into London rehab clinic The Priory on Saturday (August 12), according to a British newspaper.

Hawkins, who has admitted battling the eating disorder bulimia in the past, prompted fears over his health when he cancelled a festival appearance in Denmark last week.

The 31-year-old has been under increasing pressure following the commercial failure of his group's second album "One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back", and it was rumored his record label is preparing to drop him.

However, in a statement issued earlier today, the other members of THE DARKNESS denied that Hawkins' current health issues will result in a band split.

"After Justin saw a doctor last week and was recommended to 'cancel all professional commitments or work-related activities,' we had little choice but to cancel the band's appearance at the Skanderborg Festival in Denmark, something that the band hate to do, but having been out on the road constantly for such a long time and having not had any time off over the past three years, that's what Justin has decided to do and we are all agreed that his health must come first," the group said in the statement. More...

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The Darkness Slam Motley Crue

Ok, I NEVER thought i would be posting a first aritcle about the Darkness, let alone a second. However, with the hilarious emo-maniacally driven statements I can't help myself but laugh at these guys. The article I posted before they asked for 1.8 Million to play a festvial they were only given $75 bucks for last year. This band seriously must've been born to mothers who were addicted to crack, every single one of the members has a bigger ego then anyone ever should. I found great hilarity in this next post, where their bassist happens to state "We have more great hits on our debut cd, then Motley Crue did on their greatest hits album." To that I say, fuck you guys, you are seriously brain damaged to compare yourselfs to the 'Crue. Motley Crue is a band with way more talent, and way less annoying of a singer then you Justin. Your band is horrible and I really think you all should call it quits now, or at least get your heads examined!. With that said, please read the following article I found and I know you will all laugh at this as much as I did. Even though I hate the Darkness and I'm sure many of you do, please just read it, it's great. Sorry to post such a lengthy opinion but I have the right to do so! More...

Read the full article at Cleveland Free Times.

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The Darkness ask for 1.8 Million To Play Show

Ok people, I know along with myself, almost anyone who reads this site HATES The Darkness. I found this next post on Blabbermouth, I found it very very funny. This band is so horrible and some how they're popular as hell, and some how they have ego's the size of Metallica's already. Anyone who asks for a million dollars to play a show should be shot! Stop being greedy and just play already you crappy ass band! Now, I know no one cares about this next post, but as I found it funny I'm sure most of you will as well. The article reads as follows:

THE DARKNESS have asked for a massive £1million fee (approx. $1.8 million) to play this year's Glastonbury Festival, according to NME.com.

The figure is a far cry from the £75 (approx. $136) they were paid to play their Friday morning opening set last year.

Today festival organizer Michael Eavis told the Daily Mirror: "It's incredible how much things change in a year."

"When we booked them last year they were just a pub band no-one had heard of. We paid them £75 but they were thrilled to be given the opportunity."

Since THE DARKNESS' appearance at the festival last year, the group's debut album, "Permission To Land", has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.K. alone. In addition, the CD has achieved gold status in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

A source close to THE DARKNESS told the Daily Mirror: "To play Glastonbury this year, they'd want £1million. The way they see it, they'd worked long and hard to get where they are and feel entitled to make the most of their success."

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