Download 2011: Guitarist Dan admits the only people who didn’t think band would get back together were the members themselves

The Darkness

Permission to land again: The Darkness

Dan Hawkins admits the only people who didn’t think the Darkness would reunite were the band members themselves.

And eighteen months after he and brother Justin settled their differences he reflects: “Mum knows best.”

The glam rock outfit exploded into the big time with their first album Permission to Land in 2003. But two years later they sacked bassist Frankie Poullain, and in 2006 relations between the Hawkins brothers disintegrated and Justin left to form Hot Leg.

The Darkness became Stone Gods but the project fizzled out after their 2009 appearance on Download’s main stage. Finally in March this year they announced Justin, Dan and Poullain and drummer Ed Graham had regrouped.

Guitarist Dan tells RockAAA: “We thought we’d never speak to each other again – but even our parents knew we’d get back together. Mum knows best.

“There was a bit of a moment when we cranked it up for the first time and played through the old stuff. There was energy in the room.”

The Darkness put work on their third album on hold to support Def Leppard at Donington last night. Dan says: “We couldn’t turn it down – the stars had aligned. Supporting Def Lep is how we started in our career so it just felt right.”

The only new track they played was Cannonball, but Dan believes the new material they’re currently recording sits perfectly with the songs from Permission to Land.

“We only wanted to play one, then give people the old ones they want,” he says. “The new stuff is more like an extension of the first album rather than the second.”

Brother Justin, who said from the stage it was “the best night of his life,” reflects: “Our rehearsals were like concerts with no audience. You have to hit rock bottom in order to bounce back.”

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