THE DARKNESS PULL MORE GIGS

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This time the band's scheduled gigs in Folkestone and Portsmouth are pulled because of frontman Justin Hawkins' bad throat...

The Darkness have pulled more shows on their UK tour – scheduled for this evening in FOLKESTONE and tomorrow in PORTSMOUTH.

As previously revealed, the band pulled out of a gig in Liverpool after singer Justin Hawkins got a throat infection.

The gig at the Liverpool Academy was postponed minutes before the band were due to go on stage to play to 2,000 fans (October 18).

Support band Three Inches Of Blood had already made their appearance and fans had waited over an hour before the announcement was made.

This evening the flamboyant rockers were due to play at the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (October 20). Representatives at the venue have revealed that the gig is now not going to happen.

The band were scheduled to play more shows this week, at the Portsmouth Pyramid Centre (21) and London Hammersmith Apollo (22). Portsmouth has also been pulled.

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM that the band’s management are now preparing a statement.

Writing on the band’s official website over the weekend, Justin explained what happened. He said: “I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for what happened last night – it’s the first time we’ve ever had to pull a show and nobody could be more disappointed than me.

“I’ve often felt a little hoarse of a morning, but usually my hour-long pre-show warm-up blows away the cobwebs. Yesterday was different, and I didn’t realise how serious the problem was until around 8.30pm when my voice disappeared altogether.

“A doctor was called and the first thing he noticed was that one of my glands was swollen, and arranged for me to see Liverpool’s finest ENT consultant immediately, so I was driven to the hospital.

“Liverpool’s finest ENT consultant found that I have laryngitis AND an infection in my voicebox, I have swollen vocal chords and a troublesome node which is (worryingly) causing mischief.

“If it were as simple as a sore throat, the ENT consultant could have administered an injection to reduce the swelling and the show would have gone ahead, but sadly that could not happen last night.

“I’m really sorry that the cancellation could not be announced earlier, but the injection possibility was not ruled out until well beyond our scheduled stage time. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.”

The Liverpool show has been rearranged for December 11. Original tickets which will not be valid for the new show should be returned to the point of purchase for a refund or reissue.

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