THE WILDHEARTS are rumored to have been offered the support slot on THE DARKNESS' upcoming U.S. tour. The two bands are currently touring Europe together.

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger recently had the following to say about their much-more-famous touring partners:

"Don't, for one second, assume that I would ever begrudge THE DARKNESS their success. In fact, to be honest, I could never keep up with [THE DARKNESS singer] Justin [Hawkins]'s work-rate if I were given the same success. The guy is tireless. Superhuman. THE DARKNESS sit through an endless onslaught of press every day, then meet and greet a crowd of strangers every night after the show. Some industry types, some fans that have won some kind of competition to meet the band. All of whom will be distant memories in 24 hours' time, when it all starts again.

"The funny thing is, Justin is my friend. They all are, but Justin seems to have been handpicked as the spokesperson for the group. And he's a mate. Not my famous mate from the telly, but someone that me and my missus know to be a sweet guy, who comes round the house and watches my son playing with his manager's daughter. Here, in this environment, it's pretty surreal to see him being pulled and prodded like some kind of Rock 'n' Roll Cilla Black.

"I can't get my head around it, I don't understand how it makes me feel. I am as proud as fuck for him. Like I said, I couldn't do what he does — no way — but I also feel a little sad at the situation for some reason. Believe me, it's not envy, it's more like confusion. How could things change for someone you know so well, so quickly and so dramatically?

"I have never been in a situation like this before. I mean, when we toured with the MANIC STREET PREACHERS they exploded all over the newspapers and TV, but we didn't know them, y'know? I didn't want to sit down with any of them for a few hours and shoot the shit."


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