Hear me out. I know the first thing people think of when the English band, The Darkness is mentioned, is their mega hit song, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, but I was caught by surprise when I actually recognized more than just that song.

The Darkness continued their Motorheart tour by making a stop at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Going into the show, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I hadn’t kept up with the band much, if at all, in years. I took a moment to observe the crowd they drew and had the realization that they actually have insanely supportive hardcore fans. Some that had mentioned waiting years to catch one of their shows and even has some fans shedding tears of joy. Turns out lead man, Justin Hawking was also celebrating his 47th birthday that night, which made the show a little more special. 

For this tour, they had the band, The Dead Dead’s join them and they turned out to have a really great set that was reminiscent of classic 80’s rock. The all girl band was definitely an awesome addition to the show.

When it was time for The Darkness to make their way to the stage, you could see the crowd of people start to gather closer to one another and try to get as close as they could to the front of the stage. I had no idea that Justin Hawkins would be making his way on and off the stage for outfit changes in between songs, but I guess when you’re the lead of a glam rock band, there is no exception. His outfits were insane in the best way possible and the amount of energy that radiated from the band was infectious.

If you’ve ever considered checking out their show, I highly recommend jumping in on the opportunity to see them on this tour. 

You can check out their full list of upcoming shows on their website: http://www.thedarknesslive.com/


Natalie Baeza

Natalie is a photographer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.