16 Feb 2006

The Darkness, SECC, Glasgow

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

The difficult second album, One Way Ticket to Hell and Back, may not have sold in the expected truckloads but if this has vexed The Darkness, it doesn't show. Here they are with an even bigger arena tour than last time. Of course, the climax of that involves Justin Hawkins astride a snow leopard, 30ft above the audience. How do you top that?

You start this show with Justin singing Knockers, from inside a huge pair of flashing breasts 30ft above the audience. This sets the tone for the rest of the show.

More lights than U2, more pyro than Kiss and more cheese than Tony Christie. We get a piper, a horn-shaped drum riser, a massive lighting rig and a Phantom of the Opera-type pipe organ which belches smoke. It is the kind of show Spinal Tap must have longed for.

The new album features heavily with One Way Ticket, Hazel Eyes, and Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time standing out. But the old songs are still the best. Love On The Rocks With No Ice, Get Your Hands Of My Woman and I Believe In A Thing Called Love, get the loudest cheer of the night from an audience that takes a long time to get going.

It may well be that what The Darkness do is completely derivative but they deliver an incredible show. It all ends where it began with Justin flying over the crowd on a trapeze, during Bald which brings proceedings to a suitably ironic close.

Credit: STUART MORRISON | www.theherald.co.uk

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