The Guardian: Justin Hawkins of the Darkness on waiting for the end of 2013


The Guardian did a feature this week where top artists in the music industry pick their best moments of 2013, where Justin Hawkins stated that 2013 hasn’t been the best year for him, but there have been highlights.

“My favourite moment of 2013 is going to be 1 January 2014 – I can’t wait for it to be over. There has been a lot of unfortunate illness in my family and it’s been a weird time. A bad year. But there have been some ups as well. We won a prize [at the Classic Rock awards]for the first time in seven years – Most Members of a Band from East Anglia. No, it was the Showman award. I was in a really bad mood and I had planned what to say: something really ungracious. I had said the night before at our gig at the Electric Ballroom in London that we might get an award, and I asked the crowd: ‘Should I be gracious or should I be a cunt?’ And they decided unanimously that I should be a cunt. So I was going to say: ‘Wow, this is … wow … this is … wow.’ And then I was going to say: ‘I’d really like to thank …’ then pause for a moment, and go: ‘… fuck we don’t have to do this every day, because this is the most cold, pointless and utterly meaningless award.’ But in the end I got really nervous and just said: ‘Thanks.’ I don’t care about being on TV or playing gigs – talking in front of an audience when you haven’t been singing is the hardest thing to do.

“We played for a bit and during our third song, Growing On Me, some drunk was dancing on the lower ‘ego-ramp’ part of the stage, which I don’t mind, but I started to wonder if he was dancing ironically so as to spoil our performance. At which point my brother leapt off the stage, smashed him with the guitar and kicked him offstage. I’ve been told it’s akin to that Keith Richards moment [during the Rolling Stones’ 1981 tour, Richards famously smashed a fan off stage]. People on Twitter seemed to think it was a justifiable clearance.”

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