The Darkness have confirmed that they will tour the UK at the end of the year.
The news comes hot on the heels of the band recruiting Rufus Taylor (son of Queen’s Roger Taylor) as their new drummer. The move came after the sudden departure of Emily Dolan-Davies who had only been on the drum stool for a few weeks.
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins recently told My Planet Rocks of Taylor’s appointment: “He’s a friend of a friend – my friend being Brian May’s guitar tech who suggested him to us some time ago – just after Emily got the gig. So when Emily left, that was the first person I thought of.
“I sent him the tracks and he got behind a drum kit in Australia for an hour and then he’s on the journey. He didn’t sleep for two days. He had the songs on and was tapping away. I really feel sorry for whoever was sitting in front of him. It must have been a nightmare.
“He came straight from the airport, we ran through the songs a couple of times and then did the show. It’s unbelievable what he actually managed to achieve.”
The band’s new album, Last Of Our Kind, is scheduled for release on the 1st of June. The newly confirmed Blast Of Our Kind tour dates are as follows:
Nov 30th: Norwich Open
Dec 01st: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Dec 02nd: Nottingham Rock City
Dec 04th: Newcastle O2 Academy
Dec 05th: Glasgow O2 Academy
Dec 09th: Leeds O2 Academy
Dec 10th: Manchester Academy
Dec 11th: Birmingham O2 Academy
Dec 13th: Bristol O2 Academy
Dec 14th: Southampton O2 Guildhall
Dec 15th: Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
Dec 17th: Bournemouth O2 Academy
Dec 19th: Oxford O2 Academy
Dec 20th: London Roundhouse
Tickets go on sale this Friday the 15th of May with prices starting at £25.00.
Check out the official video for new track “Open Fire” below: