THE DARKNESS Announce U.K. Arena Tour

British rockers THE DARKNESS have announced a U.K. arena tour in support of their upcoming CD, "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back".

The last time the band performed live was during their winter arena tour of 2004. In typical DARKNESS fashion, the tour saw them raising hell with some flaming incredible pyrotechnics, and charismatic frontman Justin Hawkins taking in the view from a lap of honour astride a life-size white tiger. Every venue on the tour was a complete lock-out with 130,000 tickets sold, including the band playing a three-night run at the home of legends, Wembley Arena. Says Justin: "We are all really looking forward to getting back out there and playing live to our fans. It will be great to air the new album and new bass player, Richie Edwards, as well as some of our older classics."

Dates are as follows:

Feb. 04 - Dublin - The Point
Feb. 05 - Belfast - Odyssey Arena
Feb. 07 - London - Alexandra Palace
Feb. 08 - London - Alexandra Palace
Feb. 11 - Sheffield - Hallam FM Arena
Feb. 12 - Glasgow - SECC
Feb. 13 - Newcastle - Metro Radio News Arena
Feb. 18 - Manchester - MEN Arena
Feb. 19 - Birmingham - NEC
Feb. 20 - Nottingham - Arena
Feb. 21 - Brighton - Centre

THE DARKNESS' second studio album, "One Way Ticket to Hell …and Back", is scheduled for release on November 28 in the United Kingdom via Must Destroy/Atlantic and a day later in North America. The album's lead-off single, "One Way Ticket" (audio), will be released commercially November 14 in the United Kingdom.

The album is the follow-up to THE DARKNESS' 2003 debut, "Permission to Land", (Must Destroy/Atlantic), which has sold more than 680,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back" will be THE DARKNESS' first release with new bassist Richie Edwards (ex-ONION TRUMP), who replaced Frankie Poullain in June. For the past two years, Edwards has toured extensively with the band as their guitar technician.

THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins' solo project BRITISH WHALE recently entered the U.K. single chart at No. 6 with its cover of the 1974 hit "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" by SPARKS.


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