England’s leading sons of glam rock, The Darkness ripped through Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre for hordes of adoring fans along with support from Foxy Shazam and Crown Jewel Defense last week. The Darkness is shinning bright having just emerged from an extended hiatus in in 2011 and released a brand new song, entitled “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us”, for free download earlier this month to the delight of faithful fans around the globe.
The last decade has been quite a ride for The Darkness, who were courted by major music labels even before dropping their first LP in 2003. Having faced and overcome drug addiction, member changes, and a barrage of events that have put most of their musical peers in retirement or early graves, The Darkness have emerged from the storm with original lineup in tact and are cruising along smoothly as they put the finishing touches on their third full-length LP. The Darkness were even featured on a Samsung commercial during the 2012 Super Bowl featuring their smash hit song, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Philadelphia fans ate up this performance and came back for seconds as singer Justin Hawkins not only hit those insane high notes all night, but as our über-talented staff photographer Dante Torrieri said it best, “he did it with style.”
Cincinnati, OH’s Foxy Shazam proved instantly that they were no support act to sleep on, immediately garnering the full attention and enthusiasm of Philadelphia’s notoriously selective fans. It’s no coincidence that Foxy Shazam has been asked on tours around the world with the likes of Hole and The Strokes, as well as being named on Spin magazine’s list of “Ten bands you need to know” in 2010. Foxy Shaazam released their fourth full-length studio album, The Church of Rock and Roll last month to almost unanimous critical acclaim, garnering backing by the likes of Rolling Stone magazine and The Huffington Post to name just a few. Foxy Shazam‘s church surely converted more followers with their precisely executed tunes echoing into the night before The Darkness cast its infectious live show over a packed house.
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All pictures by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
Words by Joshua T. Cohen.