Singer Justin Hawkins tells the crowd newspaper reports that he has throat cancer are wrong...

The Darkness played a triumphant gig last night (October 22) at LONDON’s CARLING HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, despite being forced to cancel three previous dates due to singer JUSTIN HAWKINS contracting a throat infection.

Greeting the crowd with and energetic ‘Bareback’, the band then tore through tracks from their Number One album ‘Permission To Land’ including ‘Growing On Me’, ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, and a cover of Radiohead‘s ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.

During the performance Hawkins dismissed rumours that his illness was caused by throat cancer.

Hawkins told the crowd: “Did anyone read The Daily Star today? That one little quote that caused a little bit of mischief? I haven’t got cancer and I apologise for any concern it may have caused… I haven’t got cancer.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, The Darkness were forced to pull out of gigs in Liverpool (18), Folkestone (20) and Portsmouth (21) earlier in the week.

Writing on the band’s official website over the weekend, Justin explained what happened with regards to his throat. He said: “I’ve often felt a little hoarse of a morning, but usually my hour-long pre-show warm-up blows away the cobwebs… I didn’t realise how serious the problem was until around 8.30pm when my voice disappeared altogether.

“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.”

The Liverpool show has been rearranged for December 11.

The Darkness are due to support Meatloaf in Germany this weekend, appearing at Halle’ s Gerry Weber Stadion on October 25 and playing a string of dates with the singer until November 7.