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1st February 2012

the darkness

Ending months of speculation and bated breath, on 1st February 2012 The Darkness will unveil the first fruits of their recent studio labours.

Intended as a big 'cheers' to fans who have been waiting so patiently since the band last released new material (back in 2006), and who have responded so enthusiastically to the end of the hiatus by buying enough tickets to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic, the track, entitled 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us', will be made available to download for free at 2.00pm via

The song was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Brine in Norfolk and mixed in Austin, Texas by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith.

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An accompanying video has been created in Philadelphia by artist Thom Lessner and director Ted Passon and will be unfurled on the same day. Believe us when we say, it's worth the wait.

By coincidence, 1st February is also the date The Darkness begin their first North American tour since 2004; starting with a sold out show at Toronto's Phoenix venue.

For those who are not sure what to expect, check out this video...

The band have already announced appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 24th June (headlining the Big Top Stage) and play their first 'local' outdoor show in Thetford Forrest on the 14th July. More UK dates and album news to follow soon.

For the avoidance of doubt, The Darkness remains: Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham.

On Tour 2012

1 February Toronto, Phoenix
3 February Boston, Paradise Rock Club
4 February New York, Irving Plaza
6 February New York, Irving Plaza
7 February Philadelphia, Trocadero
8 February Washington DC, 9:30 Club
10 February Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall
11 February Chicago, Metro
12 February Minneapolis, First Avenue
15 February Denver, Summit
17 February Las Vegas, House of Blues
18 February Phoenix, Celebrity Theatre
19 February Los Angeles, House of Blues
21 February San Francisco, Fillmore
23 February Portland, Roseland Theatre
24 February Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
25 February Seattle, Neptune Theatre

24 June Isle Of Wight, Isle of Wight Festival (Big Top headline)
14 July Suffolk, Thetford Forest

UK tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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