Eighties-style guitar keyboards, floating tigers, new songs and a bunch of hits - quite a night in Nottingham...

The Darkness previewed five new songs for the opening night of their comeback arena tour in NOTTINGHAM last night (November 24).

The cock-rockers performed a 90-minute set for their devoted fans which included hits ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’,‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.

The band also played new tracks ‘Grief Hammer’, ‘Dinner Lady Arms’, power ballad ‘Seemed Like A Good Idea’, ‘English Country Garden’, which saw singer Justin Hawkins swap his guitar for an Eighties-style-guitar-keyboard, and ‘Buffet’.

The Darkness also performed two encores which featured a spectacular pyrotechnic and fire display.

During the first finale Hawkins circled the crowd twice on a floating tiger while performing an extended guitar solo during ‘Love On The Rocks (With No Ice)’.

Then at the end of the show, the band’s road crew, who were dressed in Santa costumes, decorated the stage with Christmas trees.

In the same manner as the warm up gig in Brixton the previous night Hawkins played the opening bars of Band Aid song ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas?’ before ending the show with the group’s own festive hit ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’.

The Darkness will perform their next show in Glasgow tomorrow (November 26).

The set was:

‘Grief Hammer’

‘Giving Up’

‘Stuck In A Rut’

‘Dinner Lady Arms’

‘Growing On Me’

‘Makin’ Out’

‘Physical Sex’

‘Love Is Only A Feeling’

‘Seemed Like A Good Idea’

‘English Country Garden’


‘Black Shuck’

‘Friday Night’

‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’

‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’

‘Love On The Rocks (With No Ice)’

‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’