Review: The Darkness at The Pyramids

The Darkness
The Darkness
Black Star Riders: from left, Scott Gorham, Chad Szeliga, Ricky Warwick,  Robbie Crane and Damon Johnson.  Picture by Richard Stow

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IT’S been 10 years since The Darkness released their debut album Permission to Land.

So it was very nostalgic to see them playing it almost in its entirety to a packed-out crowd at Portsmouth’s Pyramids on Friday night.

They split the concert into two, with the first part dedicated to their newest tracks including The Horn, and songs from their second album One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back such as Is It Just Me, and One Way Ticket.

But it was clear the crowd had been patiently waiting to hear the Permission to Land album again and they didn’t disappoint.

The ever popular I Believe in a Thing called Love and Black Shuck were performed with their usual eccentricity and Justin Hawkins hasn’t changed in the years that the band parted.

They finished their 90-minute set with their classic Christmas hit Christmas Time, complete with a Christmas tree and twinkling lights, which certainly left me feeling very festive as I headed home.

The Darkness are a brilliant alternative rock band, and I hope they continue to be successful.

But I think it’s fair to say that it’s going to be hard to beat the success of Permission to Land.