THE DARKNESS TO PLAY ‘CLUB’ GIG

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The Darkness are to play a ‘club’ gig at LONDON BRIXTON CARLING ACADEMY to warm-up for their UK tour.

The band start their biggest ever arena dates in Nottingham later this month (November 24).

However, a warm-up at the smaller Academy has been pencilled in for November 23. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (November 5) at 9am.

The band have also re-recorded ’Get Your Hands Off My Woman’, which will be released as a download. The new version was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, famous for his work on the Queen anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

Earlier this week the band played down speculation the tour would be affected by an injury to singer Justin Hawkins, who slashed his hand.

The singer was hospitalised after a reported run-in with a mystery attacker.

The band issued a statement via their website which read: “Don’t be alarmed by the rumours that Justin Hawkins may not be able to play guitar on The Darkness upcoming UK tour. We can confirm reports this weekend that The Darkness frontman and guitarist, Justin Hawkins, has sustained a slight injury to his right hand, but will be fine to wield his ‘axe’ before kicking off their Winter Tour starting this month. There was no altercation as was alleged in certain sections of the press.

“This injury poses no threat to either the arena tour or his participation in the forthcoming Band Aid III single. Justin is able to play his guitar with his usual flair. Speaking from tour rehearsals, Justin said that he had accidentally cut his hand but that “everything is fine” and the tour is in “absolutely no danger” of being cancelled.”

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