STORM NORTH AMERICA
GROUP’S HIT “I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE” AND FRONTMAN
JUSTIN HAWKINS FEATURED IN FOURTH QUARTER SUPER BOWL XLVI
COMMERCIAL FOR SAMSUNG’s GALAXY NOTE SUPERPHONE
LIVE PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW
SET FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 ON
VH1’s TV’s “BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE”
(LIVE 10:00AM ET/PT)
U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF TO SOLD-OUT CROWDS
THE DARKNESS took the world by storm during today’s Super Bowl XLVI, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. The British group’s infectious classic hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” was featured in a fourth quarter commercial for Samsung’s Galaxy Note Superphone. Directed by filmmaker Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal), the clip features the group’s bombastic frontman JUSTIN HAWKINS as a pied-piper leading a colorful cast of characters in a massive street party (see the link below). Fans can log onto Facebook.com/samsungmobileusa to win JUSTIN’s guitar from the spot. Last year’s Super Bowl XLV was watched by more than 111 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history (Nielsen Co.).
Tomorrow (Monday, February 6), tune in to watch the multi-platinum group’s acoustic performance and interview airing LIVE from the NYC studios of VH1 TV’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” (10:00AM ET/PT). Viewers can access extended interviews and behind-the-scenes photos online at Buzz.VH1.com andhttp://www.facebook.com/vh1buzz.
Recently reunited with all original members, THE DARKNESS–JUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/guitars), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass) and ED GRAHAM (drums)–are now on the road, having launched their month-long headlining North American tour last week (see press quotes below) in Toronto, following it up with a killer sold-out show last night at Irving Plaza in NYC (see set list below). The group’s live set encompasses classics from 2003’s multi-platinum album Permission To Land, including favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman”; 2005’s One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back with “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?”; as well as several new songs off their forthcoming yet-to-be-titled third album (release date TBA, mid 2012). The trek marks the band’s first return to the States since their 2004 tour supporting Permission To Land. The group will return to Irving Plaza tomorrow (Monday, February 6) for an encore performance.
Renowned worldwide for their electrifying rock n’ roll, the group debuted “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us”–their first new song in six years–as a free download for all the loyal fans who’ve supported the band with sold-out tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The hilarious animated video for the song, created by popular visual rock artist Thom Lessner and directed by Ted Passon, premiered this week on www.RollingStone.com. Download the Mp3 on the band’s official site: www.TheActualDarkness.com.
Watch the Samsung commercial featuring “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and JUSTIN here: Facebook.com/samsungmobileusa
Here’s the THE DARKNESS set list from the sold-out Irving Plaza show.
Saturday, February 4 New York NY–Irving Plaza
Growing On Me
Best Of Me
One Way Ticket
Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us
Get Your Hands Off My Woman
Out Of This World
Holding My Own
Love Is Only A Feeling
Everybody Have A Good Time
Is It Just Me
She’s Just a Girl Eddie
Stuck In A Rut
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Love On The Rocks With No Ice
Press Quotes From Toronto:
“… the Darkness has come back armed with a helluva lot of killer tunes you might have forgotten how much you liked at the time…It was a non-stop barrage of succinct, high-impact popsmithery that, almost without fail, boiled the best bits of AC/DC, Queen and Thin Lizzy down into three-and-a-half-minute nuggets of rousing, verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus perfection.”
–Ben Rayner, TORONTO STAR, February 2, 2012
“The Darkness delivered a generally solid set that could be aptly described by The Who album: Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy.With Hawkins looking lean and delivering scissor kicks, the group hit the ground running with a foot-stomping Black Shuck as Hawkins easily hit those challenging high notes. And fans definitely showed their love early with hands swaying and singing. Others kept some old-school concert staples alive with cigarette lighters overhead….[new song]…”Concrete,” a jackhammer blast of guitar riffs that got a strong response despite being basically unknown.”
–Jason MacNeil, TORONTO SUN, February 2, 2012
“…incredible enthusiasm and stage presence. All members displayed genuine passion and enjoyment and were clearly glad to be back. Fear not: tired washed out has-beens, they are not. Highlights included Justin’s acrobatic behind-the-head guitar solo and a HEADSTAND against the drum kit.”
–Alex Last, MUSICVICE.COM, February 2, 2012 (Toronto)
“Throughout the show, the hard rockers brimmed with their trademark flailing guitar solos, thundering drums and Justin’s magnificent falsetto vocal..The showmanship, so synonymous with the Darkness over the years, was also out in force…Of the new tracks, the gutsy ‘Concrete’ was the best received while ‘Everybody Have A Good Time’ –a tune in the spirit of the band’s ‘Friday Night’ –allowed everybody to do just that.”
–Laurie Lionsdale, LITHIUM MAGAZINE, February 3, 2012 (Toronto)
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Congratulations to the Winners of Super Bowl XLII , The New York Giants!
PHOENIX, Arizona (AFP) — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked Super Bowl 42 Sunday, joining an elite list of pop legends to lend themselves in recent years to the National Football League’s title extravaganza.The venerable US band, who launched their career with the their self-titled debut album in 1976, opened the 12-minute set with “American Girl,” as a neon-ringed arrow wheeled from one end of the field to join with a brightly lit heart-shaped stage and form their logo.
Fans responded enthusiastically to the chance for some audience participation with flashlights in the darkened stadium as the band launched into “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Falling” and “Running Down a Dream.”
Looking ahead to the gig, in which he follows in the recent footsteps of U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Prince, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Petty had said he wasn’t thinking about the vastness of the audience.
The game was being broadcast in 223 countries and territories and 30 languages.
“A lot is just trying to remember the next chord,” said Petty, who added he would just try to entertain the crowd at the 70,500-seat University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Glendale, the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
In the build-up to the big game, New England coach Bill Belichick had said he’d have Tom Petty on his playlist before the game.
“It has never kept anyone from winning,” Petty said.
Pre-game festivities were highlighted by rhythm and blues star Alicia Keys, while Jordin Sparks, the 2007 winner of the “American Idol” talent-show TV series, sang the national anthem in her hometown.
Sparks’ father, Phillipi Sparks, was a Giants cornerback in eight of his nine NFL seasons, but never played in a Super Bowl.
“He’s glad one of us made it,” she said.
So far my live music experiences in 2008, have been nothing short of a debacle. I was hoping that Sunday night would turn that trend around. It wasn’t a particularly good night, to start with, as my Green Bay Packers got beat by the New York Giants in their effort to move on to the Superbowl.
Before the game ended, I headed to the Deadwood Saloon to check out Chavis recording Artist, Asphalt Valentine. The band seems to have a good start going for them in 2008. They were recently signed to Chavis Records. They will be on the road touring in support of their new record heavily this year. Their single, Strip Rock Roll is starting to hit the airwaves across the U.S. I really looked forward to this show, to see what this band was about.
Singer Joe Flynt, apparently had a touch of Bronchitis, and his vocals on Sunday night were inaudible. After the first song started, the sound guy was scrambling to find out what was wrong with the microphone and amp, but Joe wasn’t able to sing loud enough for anyone to hear him. The rest of the band rocked pretty hard, but without being able to hear the vocals, it was too hard to discern how good Asphalt Valentine really was.
I am not sure why a band would choose to honor a live date when a member of the band is ill, but with Asphalt Valentine starting to tour on the national circuit, they probably don’t want to acquire a bad reputation. I hope they will make good on their promise to return, so I can truly hear what they sound like, in their top form.