The Darkness Reunite With New Material

Seminal British glam rockers The Darkness announced they would be reuniting with a gig and new material already lined up.

The four-piece, known widely for their glamorous spandex-laden stage shows, will open for Def Leppard on June 10 at England’s Download Festival.

Frontman Justin Hawkins, 35, quit the band in 2006 after a stint in rehab for cocaine addiction. He spoke to the BBC about the reunion: “The main thing for us is to make sure that musically we turn the experience into something positive again. We’ve been remembering why it was so much fun in the first place, just four men making loud music in a room.”

Hawkins said that he had been working on new tracks with his brother, guitarist Dan Hawkins, also of The Darkness, for a new album.

The band originally formed in 2003 and between then and 2006 released two studio albums. The first, “Permission To Land,” featured the U.K. Top 10 hit, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (see video below). Frontman Hawkins became known for his unique falsetto and tight spandex stage attire.

During the five-year split, the remaining members, Dan Hawkins (lead guitar), Toby MacFarlaine (bass), Ed Graham (drums) and Ritchie Edwards (vocals/guitar), formed the more metal-oriented Stone Gods, while Justin Hawkins went on to form Hot Leg.

Hawkins promised that their comeback show would have even more “Spinal Tap” moments. “I think it should be a new phase and that should be extended to the clothing,” he said. “Not a lesser phase, if anything a cranked up version. They’ll be more good.”