This year finds Britain’s beloved rock band THE DARKNESS – singer/guitarist Justin Hawkins, guitarist Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain, drummer Rufus Taylor – celebrating 20 years since they birthed Permission To Land, the multi-platinum, chart-topping debut album that changed the face of rock music forever.

To celebrate the landmark occasion, The Darkness will be releasing a special 20th anniversary collection called Permission To Land…Again, due out October 6th on Warner Music and they will be embarking on the global Permission To Land 20 tour, with U.S. dates kicking off on October 3rd in San Francisco and wrapping on October 22nd in Washington, D.C. Tickets available via:

Permission To Land…Again will be available in various formats (5LP, 4CD+DVD, 2CD, Digital) and will include the original album plus special content like rare B-sides, unreleased demos, live recordings of their iconic shows at London’s Astoria (2003), Knebworth (2004) and Wembley Arena (2004) and more. Permission To Land was originally released in 2003 and stormed to the top of the UK Albums chart, where it remained for four weeks and spent 53 weeks in the Top 100. It earned The Darkness three BRIT Awards – including Best British Album, Best British Group and Best British Rock Act.
Frontman Justin Hawkins shares, “When Permission to Land landed, twenty short years ago, we were bathed in shock and awe. As if by magic, Rock wasn’t dead! Fun wasn’t banned! And Spandex was almost acceptable again…Well, guess what? Twenty years on, the same rules apply. So please to squeeze yourselves into those inappropriate leggings, back-comb your mullet, splash on a big handful of attitude, and come celebrate with us! We promise everything and we deliver, every time. Bring on the next twenty! The Darkness. The best. For you. Forever.”
The Permission To Land 20 tour promises to be a grand spectacle with the band playing the much-lauded, award-winning, foot-stomping, guitar-wailing, groove-making masterpiece in full. Kicking off with the splendid rifferama of “Black Shuck” they’ll blast their way through all of Permission To Land‘s eleven tracks, including “Growing On Me,” “Love Is Only A Feeling,” “Giving Up,” “Love On The Rocks With No Ice,” “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” and of course the iconic “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” In addition to Permission To Land‘s splendid confection of rock brilliance, the band will pump out a bonus “Best Of The Rest” set stuffed to the gills with all the hits and fan favorites from The Darkness‘ six subsequent studio albums: One Way Ticket To Hell…and Back, Hot Cakes, Last Of Our Kind, Pinewood Smile, Easter Is Cancelled and Motorheart.
10/3                San Francisco, CA              The Masonic
10/4                Sacramento, CA                  Ace of Spades
10/6                Los Angeles, CA                  The Wiltern
10/7                Tempe, AZ                            Marquee Theatre
10/8                Las Vegas, NV                     Brooklyn Bowl
10/10              Denver, CO                          Summit Music Hall
10/11              Kansas City, MO                  The Truman
10/13              Chicago, IL                           The Vic Theatre
10/14              Indianapolis, IN                    The Vogue
10/15              Detroit, MI                             Saint Andrew’s Hall
10/17              Boston, MA                           Big Night Live
10/18              New York, NY                       Terminal 5
10/19              Philadelphia, PA                   Franklin Music Hall
10/21              Sayreville, NJ                       Starland Ballroom
10/22              Washington, D.C.                 9:30 Club

Posted on 9/26/2023.