03 Mar 2009

Hard rock acts are ready to roll as they claim the stage yet again

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

Not so long ago Justin Hawkins was packing out enormo-domes across the world as the charismatic, if misguided, lead singer with retro pomp rock chart toppers The Darkness.

A dangerous drug habit and reliance on the mega star’s crutch of choice alcohol served as the catalyst for the band’s demise but these days Hawkins is sober and starting over.

New band Hot Leg entered the album charts with Red Light Fever at a modest 81 last month and headlining Newcastle’s 02 Academy II is a far cry from the heydays of arena sell-outs.

But Hawkins has lost none of the verve and vivacity which made him such an endearing individual first time around.

“People are going to look at the chart position and ask whether I’m disappointed because of where I once was,” says Hawkins. “But it’s not disappointing at all.

“In fact we’re getting T-shirts printed for the tour with 81 splashed across them.

“The music from 1981 is probably the closest to what Hot Leg does anyway so it’s really quite fitting.”

Metallica play the Metro Radio Arena tonight and tickets are still on sale for Hot Leg’s gig at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Friday, March 6.

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2504 days ago

RT @etvapos: @DrBrianMay and @why don't you follow each other!? ;)
2506 days ago

Wowzers, Madrid folk really know how to make you feel welcome. This was a fun show. Right, home time for me :)
2506 days ago

RT @AlClarkofficial: Big cup game today, lovely weather for it. @jimbohuz @justinhawkins #NHTIFD
2506 days ago

@railcomjon soon, Jon, soon. 3 more shows and I get a little break. NHTIFD!!
2507 days ago

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