14 Jun 2009
Former THE DARKNESS frontman JUSTIN HAWKINS was so high on drugs during one trip home to the U.K. he challenged airport customs officers to search him - an act that would have landed him in jail if they had agreed.
14 Jun 2009

Biopic of pop mogul and producer Joe Meek

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Meek’s eccentric nature meant he championed the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch (an OTT turn by the former Darkness vocalist Justin Hawkins) while rejecting teenage wannabes Rod Stewart and David Bowie. More woundingly, he dismissed a demo sent by Brian Epstein featuring the then unsigned Beatles. Addicted to amphetamines, sued by a French composer over Telstar, gay when homosexuality was still illegal, raided by Customs & Excise, Meek saw his life spin out of control. His final No 1 was with the Honeycombs’ Have I the Right? in 1964. After that, Meek, unable to develop his sound, vanished from the charts.
14 Jun 2009

Hot Leg: Into the Light

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Five years ago, Justin Hawkins was fronting the U.K.'s biggest band -- until he succumbed to the very clichés the Darkness were lampooning. Now, as he tries to kick-start Hot Leg, he's hauling his own gear, sleeping on floors, and trying not to make the same mistakes twice.

Steel Panther stride onstage around 1 A.M. at La Zona Rosa on the second night of Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest music festival. The mock-metal band's joke isn't subtle: four guys with poodle hair and spandex pants performing foul-mouthed odes to fat girls, Asian hookers, and the primacy of heavy metal.
14 Jun 2009

Shining through Darkness

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THERE could be light at the end of the tunnel for THE DARKNESS.

JUSTIN HAWKINS and his estranged bandmate and brother DAN have kissed and made up after years of silence.

The big reconciliation was at Brighton’s Ocean Room, where Justin was performing with new band HOT LEG.

A source said: “Justin said to the crowd, ‘I know Dan is here’. There was no answer so he said ‘If your name is not Dan sit down’ and everyone did – leaving Dan standing.

“We were really shocked when Dan got up on stage and picked up a guitar.”

The siblings smashed out Darkness hit I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

Frontman Justin quit in 2006 and the lads have not played together since.

I hope a reunion is on the cards.

Credit: www.thesun.co.uk
14 Jun 2009
The organiser of Moonfest 2009 to be held in Westbury has said the festival is ‘on track’ after he applied for a licence to hold the event yesterday.

The festival was cancelled last year when Wiltshire Police won a court order eight days beforehand, after security fears over the festival, due to be headlined by Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles.

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2565 days ago

RT @etvapos: @DrBrianMay and @why don't you follow each other!? ;)
2567 days ago

Wowzers, Madrid folk really know how to make you feel welcome. This was a fun show. Right, home time for me :)
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RT @AlClarkofficial: Big cup game today, lovely weather for it. @jimbohuz @justinhawkins #NHTIFD
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@railcomjon soon, Jon, soon. 3 more shows and I get a little break. NHTIFD!!
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