The Darkness @ The Fonda Theatre – 03/29/2018
The Darkness played The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on March 29, 2018. The Fonda Theatre located on Hollywood Blvd, the perfect location for the first night of the Tour de Prance North American tour in support of their latest release Pinewood Smile. The Darkness opens the show appropriately with “Open Fire” from the album Last of Our Kind. This U.K band is definitely a Los Angeles favorite playing to an almost sold out house. The curtain opened and out sauntered Justin Hawkins, adoring a leopard jumpsuit with matching flowing robe, a very grand entrance to be expected from a lead singer and guitarist from Lowestoft, Suffolk England.
The crowd sang, hummed and stomped all at Justin Hawkins lead. Hawkins always engaging with the crowd, this time appropriating a plaid shirt, 3X larger than him, a trucker hat and a pair of black rimmed glasses from the fans. Crowd surfing also spotted in the 30 and older crowd with light spots of moshing, always a sign of a good time. Thrilled was the crowd when Hawkins announced they were doing a live recording.
Thundering on his Gibson Thunderbird IV bass, looking very stylish in a gold suit, was Frankie Poullain, brother Dan Hawkins on lead guitar and backing vocals and rock royalty lineage, Rufus Tiger Taylor all making up The Darkness. The night ended with their first U.S hit, “A Little Thing Called Love”, with a bar lounge intro arrangement which we all hummed along with. The Darkness is most deserving of a bigger venue on their next North American tour. Los Angeles is already anticipating the live release of this show.
Open Fire | Love Is Only a Feeling | Southern Trains | Black Shuck | One Way Ticket | Givin Up | All The Pretty Girls | Barbarian Buccaneer of Hispaniola | Friday Night | Every Inch Of You | Solid Gold | Stuck in a Rut | Get Your Hands Off My Woman | Growing On Me
Encore: Japanese Prisoner of Love | A Little Thing Called Love