Flamboyant English hard-rockers The Darkness have announced their first ever New Zealand tour – with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2017 – and they will be joined by Kiwi legends Push Push, reforming after 24 years!
Relive the classics from The Darkness' outstanding debut album, Permission To Land (2003) right through to their most recent album, Last Of Our Kind. Expect gems like 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love', 'Growing On Me', 'Love Is Only A Feeling', 'One Way Ticket' and many more.
Looking forward to their first New Zealand tour aside from a short Big Day Out one-off show in 2004 - are Darkness brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain (bass) and new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor).
The band rose to stardom with the release of their debut album, Permission To Land which was certified quadruple platinum in the UK. Since 2003, they released three more albums (One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back, Hot Cakes and the most recent album, Last of Our Kind).
As a very special addition to the line-up, New Zealand’s own Push Push reform for their first shows after a 24 year-long break. The Kiwi legends – fronted by Mikey Havoc – will blast through the hits as well as unveil new material from their forthcoming EP, due out in the New Year. Push Push is Mikey Havoc (Vocals), Silver (Rhythm Guitar), Andy Kane (Lead Guitar), Steve Abplanalp (Bass), Scott Cortese (Drums).
The explosive five piece released their debut album in 1992, A Trillion Shades of Happy, which featured their #1 hit single 'Trippin', and pushed the group further up into New Zealand's singles chart with more hits such as 'What My Baby Likes' and 'Song 27'.
Lead guitarist, Andy Kane says of the reunion: “Pretty apt that we’re emerging from the darkness of the last 24 years to gig with The Darkness. We’re all frikkin pumped and totally amped to get back on stage together."
The Darkness with special guests Push Push
Thursday 20th April: The Powerstation, Auckland - Tickets via Ticketmaster
Friday 21st April: Hunter Lounge, Victoria University, Wellington - Tickets via Ticketek & Justtheticketnz
Saturday 22nd April: The Foundry, Christchurch - Tickets via Ticketek
Tickets on-sale from 9am, Thursday 1st December
By Gray Vickers
Released Friday May 19th, 2017 - Sony Music
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