The Darkness Shed Some Light in New York

“Raise your champion,” ordered Justin Hawkins in search of a landing spot for one of The Darkness’s guitar picks — ideally, a female audience member’s cleavage. One of several deft guitar pick tosses of the evening, it was a slippery slope into The Darkness’s Irving Plaza return in New York, Oct. 27.

It was the first reappearance in the Big Apple for the foursome — who were on hiatus from 2006 through 2011 — since 2012, following their supporting role on the European leg of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way tour.

“We’re the motherf—–g Darkness from the motherf—–g U.K.!” Hawkins declared after launching off the drums to do a midair split, following “Black Schuck” from the band’s 2003 debut, “Permission to Land.” Most of “Permission” was heard during the evening’s 18-song set, which was sprinkled with just three tracks from the band’s latest (and fourth studio release) “Last of Our Kind,” including opener “Barbarian.” Read More – The Villager

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