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The Darkness almost changed their name

Posted by on October 2, 2015

The Darkness were never too stable a band. After a pair of drummer changes in the past year (Emily Dolan Davies lasted just a few months), not to mention their disbanding in 2006, they managed to release Last of Our Kind a few months ago, but they almost didn’t use The Darkness name. As explained by vocalist Justin Hawkins in an interview on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, the band almost ditched the moniker they’ve gone by since forming in 2000.

Said Hawkins,

“We thought about (changing our name) for this album, because it does feel like it’s a new, what you might call a return to form, but there’s something different about it now. I think maybe it’s because we had a couple of personnel changes in the last year. It’s different and feels like it’s rejuvenated. I mean it obviously would be career suicide to throw everything away, everything that we’ve built up over the years, but there’s no reason we wouldn’t be able to [rebuild].”

Last of Our Kind debuted at #56 in June, selling 4,950 copies in its first week of release, so a name change probably wouldn’t have helped all that much. You can catch The Darkness (while they’re still called that) on the road later this month (tour dates below) on a 17-date tour that runs into early November.

The Darkness 2015 North American tour dates:

10/9 — Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
10/10 — Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall (Festival Supreme Headliner)
10/11 — San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/13 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/14 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/16 — Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
10/18 — Minneapolis, MN. @ Varsity Theater
10/20 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/21 — Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
10/23 — Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/24 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/25 — Silver Spring MD @ The Fillmore
10/27 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/28 — Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
10/30 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Theatre of Living Arts
10/31 — Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
11/1 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues

(via LoudWire)

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