The Darkness Refute Rumors About Being Dropped By Atlantic Records
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"
Source: sIN's Metal News
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