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The Darkness smile while shredding as the “Tour De Prance” tour comes to Brooklyn Steel (with Diarrhea Planet)

The Darkness walk a fine line between rock parody and true rock’n’roll, and at Brooklyn Steel it was clear they had no intention of pushing things in one direction.

The band from Lowestoft, Suffolk, England shredded, jaunted and growled their way through a powerful 90-minute set of tracks spanning their nearly 20-year career. Of course, “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” was a closing highlight, but the entire show felt fun and fresh, blasting past rough periods in the band’s history (including a break-up in 2006).

Frontman Justin Hawkins is the star of the show, equal parts Freddie Mercury, Andrew WK and Aldous Snow. His on-stage persona makes you smile but not in a cheap or silly way. Instead, it’s joyous and flamboyant, and as Justin Hawkins struts across the stage clad in a skin-tight, striped suit, you can tell it is what he loves doing. After three songs, when photographers are typically asked to leave the photo pit, Hawkins requested we instead stay for a fourth. Clearly, he’s a performer.

The set featured classic songs like “One Way Ticket” and later on, “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” as well as new cuts from Pinewood Smile, which was released in October 2017. Between guitar riffs and drum solos, Hawkins joked about how a night at Brooklyn Steel is better than any show at Madison Square Garden could ever be (although he’s never been).

Diarrhea Planet was the perfect opener for the show, finding a balance between playing top notch, shred-heavy rock and having a name like Diarrhea Planet. The boys from Nashville are a show worth seeing on their own.

The Darkness continues their appropriately titled “Tour De Prance” with a few final East Coast shows. Dates are below.

Upcoming Tour Dates
April 21 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
April 22 – Boston, Mass. – Royale (Click here for tickets)
April 24 – Baltimore, Md. – Rams Head Live! (Click here for tickets)
April 25 – Norfolk, Va. – The NorVa (Click here for tickets)
April 27 – Charlotte, N.C. – The Underground
April 28 – Atlanta, Ga. – Terminal West
April 30 – New Orleans, La. – Civic Theatre
May 1 – Austin, Texas – Emo’s
May 2 – Dallas, Texas – South Side Music Hall (Click here for tickets)

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

The Darkness smile while shredding as the “Tour De Prance” tour comes to Brooklyn Steel (with Diarrhea Planet)

The Darkness walk a fine line between rock parody and true rock’n’roll, and at Brooklyn Steel it was clear they had no intention of pushing things in one direction.

The band from Lowestoft, Suffolk, England shredded, jaunted and growled their way through a powerful 90-minute set of tracks spanning their nearly 20-year career. Of course, “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” was a closing highlight, but the entire show felt fun and fresh, blasting past rough periods in the band’s history (including a break-up in 2006).

Frontman Justin Hawkins is the star of the show, equal parts Freddie Mercury, Andrew WK and Aldous Snow. His on-stage persona makes you smile but not in a cheap or silly way. Instead, it’s joyous and flamboyant, and as Justin Hawkins struts across the stage clad in a skin-tight, striped suit, you can tell it is what he loves doing. After three songs, when photographers are typically asked to leave the photo pit, Hawkins requested we instead stay for a fourth. Clearly, he’s a performer.

The set featured classic songs like “One Way Ticket” and later on, “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” as well as new cuts from Pinewood Smile, which was released in October 2017. Between guitar riffs and drum solos, Hawkins joked about how a night at Brooklyn Steel is better than any show at Madison Square Garden could ever be (although he’s never been).

Diarrhea Planet was the perfect opener for the show, finding a balance between playing top notch, shred-heavy rock and having a name like Diarrhea Planet. The boys from Nashville are a show worth seeing on their own.

The Darkness continues their appropriately titled “Tour De Prance” with a few final East Coast shows. Dates are below.

Upcoming Tour Dates
April 21 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
April 22 – Boston, Mass. – Royale (Click here for tickets)
April 24 – Baltimore, Md. – Rams Head Live! (Click here for tickets)
April 25 – Norfolk, Va. – The NorVa (Click here for tickets)
April 27 – Charlotte, N.C. – The Underground
April 28 – Atlanta, Ga. – Terminal West
April 30 – New Orleans, La. – Civic Theatre
May 1 – Austin, Texas – Emo’s
May 2 – Dallas, Texas – South Side Music Hall (Click here for tickets)

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