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.

Gary Numan is touring with his new album and will be appearing in Hull and Sheffield.

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