NME.com is reporting that THE DARKNESS premiered six new songs at an intimate comeback show in London Tuesday night (Nov. 23). The British cock-rockers played such new tracks as "Greed" and "English Country Garden" as part of a special warm-up appearance for their arena tour.
One of the new tracks opened with singer Justin Hawkins playing the piano, which he then lifted up on its side to reveal it as an Eighties-style guitar-keyboard. Hawkins joked that he didn't know whether to call the instrument a "keytar" or a "guiboard."
At the second finale, which featured a spectacular pyrotechnic display, the band played BAND AID song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for a few bars before Hawkins declared, "Let's play a proper Christmas song," and launched into their own festive anthem, "Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)".
In other news, THE DARKNESS have reportedly splashed out a staggering £600,000 on a sheep farm, according to FemaleFirst.co.uk.
The band have paid the huge sum for the 17th century Norfolk farmhouse situated in a tiny village in east England.
Although the property is currently a working farm, rumors are rife the group are planning to build a recording studio there to work on material for their second album.
Despite the band's partying reputation, residents in the village are thrilled to be having rock-stars as their new neighbours.
One local said: "We couldn't believe it when we heard they were coming."