Written by Tracy Hansen. Photography by Kyle Hansen.
Jam 89.3 The Current and First Avenue present The Darkness
Minnesota is blessed to have their second Darkness show within a year and even more blessed that they came into First Avenue, which is Minneapolis’ premiere concert venue. On a frigid January night in the Twin Cities, fans are ready for some good old rock ‘n’ roll to warm them up. The crowd is dressed as if it was an eighties flashback with denim and leather on the boys, and loads of spandex and pink hair on the ladies.
Their latest album, “Hot Cakes” has the great feel of the 80’s classic guitar riffs, hot sexy lyrics, and some bad ass song writing. Flying right off the drum riser on the first tune, Justin Hawkins got the crowd jumping. Dressed as a giant candy cane, he is ready to rock. The band keeps it tight while Hawkins kept the crowd going with his unbelievable energy.
Brother Dan Hawkins was on rhythm guitar, and he had the same Thin Lizzy outfit on since the band began. Much respect to sticking to your guns. Frankie Poullian on bass and Ed Graham keep the songs going with relentless timing. They thank the crowd several times and tell their fans how appreciative they are that they are there. The audience remains unsure if they are more thankful than them.
Set List: Every Inch Of You – Black Shuck – Growing On Me – She’s Just A Girl Eddie – One Way Ticket – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us – Get Your Hands Off My Woman – Love Is Only A Feeling – Friday Night – Concrete – Is It Just Me – Givin’ Up – Stuck In A Rut – I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Best Of Me – Love On The Rocks With No Ice