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The Brixton Academy crowd are treated to six new tracks - and a spectacular pyrotechnics display...

The Darkness premiered their new songs at an intimate comeback show in LONDON last night (November 23).

Warming up for their arena tour at the relatively small Brixton Academy, the cock-rockers played six new songs including ‘Greed’ and ‘English Country Garden’.

One of the new tracks opened with singer Justin Hawkins playing the piano, which he then lifted up on its side to reveal it as an Eighties-style guitar-keyboard. Hawkins joked that he didn’t know whether to call the instrument a ‘keytar’ or a ‘guiboard’.

At the second finale, which featured a spectacular pyrotechnic display, the band played Band Aid song ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ for a few bars before Hawkins declared “Let’s play a proper Christmas song” and launched into their own festive anthem ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’.

The Darkness kick off their sold-out arena jaunt proper at Nottingham Arena tonight, with support from Ash.

Meanwhile the Daily Star reports today that the band have forked out nearly £600,000 for a sheep farm in the Norfolk village of Spooner Row.