Review: The Darkness, Wolverhampton Civic Hall

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So what would you expect from a gig by The Darkness? Pounding rock tunes sprinkled with theatrics and lycra? Well, the crowd at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall got all that in abundance.

They burst on to stage like a group of rock newcomers hungry for success.

And they didn't let the energy levels slip for a second.

You certainly couldn't accuse The Darkness of not giving it 100 per cent – and then some.

It may have been years since they first burst on to the scene.

But last night's gig had all the hallmarks of a band still loving the buzz of performing like they did their first taste of fame, with the crowd treated to a rock tour de force.

Eccentric frontman Justin Hawkins, wearing a black and white striped catsuit, showcased his trademark showmanship.

With elements of Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury in his over-the-top stage persona, the star put in a pitch-perfect performance that had the crowd hanging on his every word.

Material from the band's new album Hot Cakes was showcased along with their greatest hits – and even a snippet of their famous Christmas song on request from the crowd.


Soaring guitar riffs, audience sing a-longs and a carriage through the crowd by the frontman for good measure.

They certainly know how to put on a show.

Adam Greenhalgh

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