In the blistering arena of rock and roll, few bands have ignited the stage with as much fervor and flamboyance as The Darkness. As if the gods of glam rock themselves had anointed them, this iconic British quartet has been taking the world by storm for two decades now. In a whirlwind of nostalgia and euphoria, they recently embarked on a triumphant tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their electrifying debut album “Permission to Land”.
But what truly sets this tour apart is the band’s unwavering commitment to their fans, as they’ve been gracing audiences with the unparalleled experience of hearing the entire album in its full glory. Brace yourselves, for this is no ordinary concert as fans at Franklin Music Hall will bear witness as The Darkness serves up its joyous, high-voltage celebration of a rock masterpiece that has withstood the test of time.
It was a night for the books, an evening filled with dazzling guitar riffs, stratospheric vocals, and enough energy to make even the most seasoned rock enthusiasts weak in the knees. On a starry night at the Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, The Darkness brought their electric energy to a packed house, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal album, “Permission to Land.” With a lineup that still includes the formidable talents of Justin Hawkins (vocals and guitar), Dan Hawkins (lead guitar), Rufus Taylor (drums), and Frankie Poullain (bass), The Darkness lived up to their reputation as rock ‘n’ roll maestros.
From the moment the lights dimmed, and the stage was cloaked in darkness, the anticipation in the air was palpable. The crowd’s roars reached a crescendo as Justin Hawkins, clad in his signature flamboyant attire, emerged under a spotlight, setting the tone for the night. The opening chords of “Black Shuck” reverberated through the venue, and the audience erupted in applause as the band kicked off the night with raw, unadulterated energy.
One after the other, The Darkness treated the audience to every track from “Permission to Land.” “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” “Growing on Me,” “Love is Only a Feeling,” and more were delivered with sheer precision and unwavering passion. Each song was a portal to the past, transporting fans to the early 2000s when The Darkness first made their mark on the rock scene. The energy between band members was electric, with Justin’s iconic falsetto vocals soaring over Dan’s searing guitar solos, Rufus’s thunderous drumming, and Frankie’s steady bass lines.
As the set neared its climax, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived. The band launched into “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” the album’s most iconic track, and the crowd united in a collective sing-along that could have shaken the very foundation of the venue. This was a reminder of the enduring power of rock anthems, and The Darkness had the audience eating out of their hands.
The encores brought yet more surprises. “I Love You 5 Times” showcased the band’s versatility, with Justin taking the reins on vocals, Dan behind the drums, Rufus on bass, and Frankie strumming an acoustic guitar. The stripped-down performance allowed the audience to appreciate the raw talent that lies at the core of The Darkness. The night concluded with the explosive “Love on the Rocks with No Ice,” an exhilarating fusion of rock and glam that left fans begging for more.
In the end, The Darkness’ show at Franklin Music Hall was nothing short of a rock ‘n’ roll spectacle, a testament to their enduring talent and unrelenting passion for the music. The band’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Permission to Land” was a journey through time, and it was abundantly clear that their music has lost none of its charm or power. The Darkness, with their captivating charisma and legendary showmanship, proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock music.