The Darkness have announced details of a full UK tour for later in 2015.
The band will release ‘Last Of Our Kind’, their fourth record, on June 1. It follows on from 2012’s ‘Hot Cakes’.
Justin Hawkins and co will play a series of shows in support of the new LP during November and December. The band will be joined by new drummer Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen member Roger Taylor. Scroll down to see the dates in full.
Speaking about the history and future of the group recently, frontman Justin Hawkins told NME, “So many people get to my age and say ‘No regrets’. I think, ‘So many regrets that you may as well not think about them’. You learn a lot through regret, and shame… Having had two line-up changes in the past year, there might be a temptation to see The Darkness as a difficult band to be in, but it’s not. It’s an easy thing to be in, but a difficult thing to stay in.”
He added, “The Darkness has been subject to some harsh assessments… there are some mean people in the world but that doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself away and be apologetic… You can’t let that stop you from enjoying your life and doing what you were born to do.”
The Darkness play:
Norwich Open (November 30)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (December 1)
Newcastle O2 Academy (4)
Glasgow O2 Academy (5)
Leeds O2 Academy (9)
Manchester Academy (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy (11)
Bristol O2 Academy (13)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (14)
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion (15)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (17)
Oxford O2 Academy (19)
London Roundhouse (20)
O2 Priority Tickets will be available from 9am on Wednesday, May 13. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 15.
The ‘Last Of Our Kind’ tracklisting:
‘Last Of Our Kind’
‘Wheels Of The Machine’
‘Hammer & Tongs’
Watch an NME.COM interview with Justin Hawkins below.