Gig review: The Darkness, O2 Academy, Leeds

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Since I first heard The Darkness’s ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ many years back I was hooked.

Who was this band with their 80s metal revivalist superciliousness? They were the saviours of rock. They were the new breed of crossover metal/rock bands that were to impregnate the nation and make us wear our Judas Priest T-shirts with pride. So what if we were balding? I didn’t care because i was metal and I was proud.

Since their reformation in 2011, The Darkness have made a steady climb back to notoriety, appearing at major UK festivals such as Isle of White and Download. They are now back on the road midway through a massive worldwide tour promoting their latest and fourth studio album, Last of Our Kind.

What The Darkness do is bring a sense of fun and silliness to music and their fans expect this. It’s combining a very talented set of musicians playing tongue in cheek songs your mum and dad used to stop you listening to because it had some fairly innuendo-laden lyrics in but making a serious dent in the industry.

Yet again, in Leeds at the O2 Academy, the band have excited the crowd with a set of carefully crafted tunes from the past and present, proving their stamp on the music industry is very far from over.