The Darkness win ‘Showman’ award at Classic Rock Magazine Awards


The Darkness highlights from the Classic Rock Awards night – 14th November 2013

1952: The Darkness have come in fancy dress. Which is to say, they’ve come dressed up as The Darkness.

2155: WINNER: Showman, sponsored by Butlins – The Darkness

You can’t accuse The Darkness of squandering their second chance. Since getting the original lineup back together in the aftermath of a not-quite-Kinks level of fall-out between brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins, the over-the-top team have climbed back to the top and stayed there. Which other rock outfit could support Lady Gaga and nearly make it okay? They’re currently working on a follow-up to 2012′s Hot Cakes, due next year. See them on tour right now, where they’re playing debut album Permission To Land in full:
Nov 13: London Electric Ballroom
Nov 15: Bath Pavilion
Nov 16: Plymouth Uni
Nov 17: Cardiff Coal Exchange
Nov 19: Buckley Tivoli
Nov 20: Kilmarnock Grand Hall
Nov 21: Inverness Iron Works
Nov 23: Belfast Limelight
Nov 24: Dublin Olympia
Nov 26: Lincoln Engine Shed
Nov 27: Middlesbrough Empire
Nov 28: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Nov 29: Scunthorpe Bath Halls
Dec 01: Preston 53 Degrees
Dec 02: Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Dec 03: Leamington Spa Assembly
Dec 06: Portsmouth Pyramids
Dec 07: Brighton Concorde 2
Dec 08: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Dec 10: Salisbury City Hall
Dec 11: Dorking Hall
Dec 12: Oxford O2 Academy
Dec 14: Northampton Roadmenders
Dec 15: Leicester O2 Academy
Dec 16: Norwich UEA

Gorham admits: “When I went to see them in Wembley I didn’t know what to expect. They tore a new one – big time.”

Justin Hawkins: “It’s been a long time since we won an award, and this is the most special of all of them. Right guys? I want to thank my band – and I want to say ‘thank fuck we don’t have to do this every day.’ It’s the most nerve-racking thing about being in a band.”

2234: The Darkness take the stage and fire off their pyros within the first four bars. It’s just the kind of end a night like this needs.

2247: No wait, I spoke too soon! Just as The Darkness roar up to full power a drunken dancer who’s invaded the podium gets a bit tasty when invited to move away. Dan Hawkins throws himself across the stage and air-kicks him out of the area, without missing a note. The song ends and frontman Justin remonstrates: “Dan, I thought that man was dancing in a seductive way.” His brother replies: “I thought he was being a prick.” Justin continues to the crowd: “So either you dance seductively or my brother will lamp you.” While the angry heckler shouts abuse from the corner, Justin asks for replacement dancers, and with the crowd on his side resolve what he admits was an experience that needed “softened.” Afterwards he thanks the room, saying: “This is a difficult environment to create energy, but with your help we did it.” The rest of the set, of course, goes to plan – and with another blast of pyro, this time, it really is all over.

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