The band are very happy that they are now headlining T In The Park due to the rock legend's ill health...

The Darkness were “jumping for joy” when they that rock legend David Bowie had been forced to pull out of this weekend’s T IN THE PARK festival.

The band have revealed that they were desperate to headline the Scottish event, which takes place at Balado, near Kinross (July 10-11), and are promising fans a very special performance.

Guitarist Dan Hawkins said: “My ambitious side was a bit disappointed when we heard we were second fiddle to David Bowie.

He added: “But when I heard he had pulled out I was jumping for joy. I’m sure T In The Park organisers were glad we were there. Not many could step up to do it.”

Bassist Frankie Poullain told The Daily Record: “Thank God we never pulled out or Starsailor would be headlining.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, David Bowie was forced to cancel his headlining performance due to take place tomorrow night (July 10) due what appeared to be a pinched nerve.

However, the singer was then diagnosed with an acutely blocked artery which required emergency surgery.

A statement read: “British pop legend David Bowie underwent heart surgery in Germany last month prompting him to cancel his European tour. David Bowie sought medical treatment after performing at a festival in the north-western German town of Scheesel (June 25) reportedly for a pinched nerve in his shoulder. It was discovered that the 57-year old rocker had an acutely blocked artery requiring emergency surgery (the procedure is known as an angioplasty). “

David Bowie left the clinic earlier this week. He is now with his family, and will start working again next month.

Poullain said: “Originally we were going to stand shoulder to shoulder to David Bowie, but then something happened. I think because of the glam rock thing people think he’s one of our influences.”

He added: “I don’t think he is, although we respect him musically. But we won’t be doing any David Bowie tunes as a tribute.”

The band, who will also be headlining at this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals have also promised fans a treat for their forthcoming appearances. Hawkins said: “We are going to blow the place apart because we have set up this whole summer to do these festivals bigger and better than anyone has done before… We have some awesome surprises in store.”

NME.COM will be backstage at T In The Park all weekend, making us first with the exclusive news, pictures and gossip.

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