The Darkness Give Buffalo A Strong Dose Of Rock ‘n Roll Reality

Concert Review
The Darkness
The Dead Deads
Town Ballroom
Buffalo, Ny
Wednesday April 20, 2022
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

The Darkness took to the Town Ballroom stage this past Wednesday evening and gave the fans a taste of what a good rock n’ roll show is. This marked the second appearance for the band in town as they last played the defunct Waiting Room back in 2016. What a difference a venue can make. This reviewer noted on the last visit that the Town Ballroom would be the ideal venue for the band to play if they ever return to town and was it ever.

The band hit the stage and performed as if they were shot out of a cannon. For the next 80 minutes it was a whirlwind up on the stage. Singer Justin Hawkins was even able to get the crowd to put down their phones as he stated “we are about to play that song”. For the most part the crowd complied and the Darkness delivered a blistering version of “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” which whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

The Darkness also features Justin’s brother Dan on guitar, bassist Frankie Poullain and Rufus Taylor on drums. There were several highlights including “One Way Ticket”, “Solid Gold” and “Black Shuck” with the latter taken from the gold album debut Permission To Land. Simply a must see show should you get lucky to have these guys show up in your neck of the woods.

Opening the show were the Dead Deads who delivered a solid 40 minute set featuring many songs from their latest album Tell Your Girls It’s Alright. Definitely was worth seeing these gals.

The Darkness Set List
Welcome Tae Glasgae
One Way Ticket
Growing on Me
Motorheart
Open Fire
Solid Gold
Givin’ Up
It’s Love, Jim
Black Shuck
Heart Explodes
Friday Night
Love Is Only a Feeling
Japanese Prisoner of Love
Barbarian
Get Your Hands Off My Woman

Encore
I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Dead Deads Set
Thinkers and Preyers
Ghosts
Deal with Me
Dead Inside
In The Flesh / Push Me
Out of the Sky
In for Blood
Nope

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