THE DARKNESS Singer Falls Off Stage In Stockholm; Video Available
February 23, 2013
Vocalist Justin Hawkins of reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS fell off the stage during the second song (“Black Shuck”) of the band’s February 17 concert at Tyrol in Stockholm, Sweden. Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be seen below (around 25-second mark).
As previously reported, THE DARKNESS is planning to enter the studio in early 2014 to begin recording a new album for release later that year.
“I think it’s important the next album comes out quickly,” THE DARKNESS guitarist Dan Hawkins told Billboard.com. “[Last year’s] ‘Hot Cakes’ has been a great introduction to let people know we’re back. Now we need to keep the output up, really.”
According to Hawkins, he and his bandmates have already started collecting ideas for the new CD. “Every day we set up our little [portable] studio and start jotting down ideas.
“It’ll be out in 2014. This year we’ll be touring and writing, then early 2014 we’ll hopefully be recording it or continuing to write it and get it out later that year.”
As for what fans should expect to hear on the upcoming album, Hawkins said: “I think we want to get even more old school. We want to make it even more of a performance record. We just want to be really brave and try to do something as live as humanly possible, warts and all. We’ve lost a bit of that in music today. It’s time to get a bit of character in there, so we’ll be going for something as fucking Route 1 as possible.”
Hawkins isn’t worried about internal strife once again rearing its ugly head and putting an end to THE DARKNESS reunion. “We’ve settled into a nice groove, really,” he said. “We feel like more of a team than we did before. If something is broke, you’ve got to fix it, haven’t you? And that’s what we did. I think (success) went to all of our respective heads, but you’ve got to go there, haven’t you? What’s the point of being in a rock ‘n’ roll band if you don’t take it to 11? Now the music is on 11, the gigs are on 11 but the drug intake is on, like, zero to one. That’s how it should be.”
Steel For Brains recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Steel For Brains: From the moment you knew this was what you wanted to — where you knew music was a part of your heart and soul — what’s that journey been like for you up to this point?
Anselmo: You know, honestly, I think if you look at anybody’s life, everybody’s gonna have ups and downs, highs, lows, etc., and all of that. Believe me, it’s well documented that I’ve been there, and that is absolutely the case. But, right now…at this juncture in my career, I gotta say, you know, aside from the obvious lows that have been, once again, well documented in the past and very well known, right now I’m at a very sturdy place. I’m in a very comfortable-in-my-skin place, and I feel very, very blessed to have had such a great, insane fanbase. No matter what fucking band it’s been a part of. It’s the fans really,
According to TMZ.com, legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen is suing a contractor for allegedly messing up a remodeling project at the musician’s Los Angeles home.
In the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday (September 30) by Van Halen’s family trust, Eddieclaims that he hired the Troy Builders Group five years ago for a remodeling and construction project on his home. But the guitarist says there were several major problems with the work, namely the waterproofing, including poor drainage, a leaky roof and chimney and badly installed gutters. They led to water entering the home, which caused the house to suffer mold damage — including to the elevator shaft in the home — and resulted in Eddie having to spend more than $1 million in repairs.
Van Halen is suing the builder for the money he is out plus interest.