THE DARKNESS and THE BLACKFOOT GYPSIES – Nov 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Darkness and The Blackfoot Gypsies – 28th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Channelling the styles of Dylan and the Beatles with a distinctly southern rock flavour. Tennessee quartet; The Blackfoot Gypsies are perhaps an odd choice for this opening slot for a hard rock band. That being said, they handled it with aplomb and I dare say they made a substantial number of new fans along the way with their energetic hook-filled set.

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Next up The Darkness, promoting their new album (which is probably one of their finest) ‘Pinewood Smile’.

The Darkness - 28th November 2017 - Newcastle O2 Academy
The Darkness – 28th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

You pretty much know what you’re going to get at a Darkness gig: The kind of foot stomping, pint-in-the-air guitar riffs that the combination of Gibson Les Paul and Marshall stack were invented for Guitar solos that occasionally border on a widdlefest, yet always have that melodic punchline that compliments the song and prevents them becoming self-indulgent wankery. High pitched falsetto warbling. Catsuits. Throw in some tongue in cheek lyrics, a bit of daft banter with the crowd and a fair old smothering of hits and you have a typical Darkness gig.

Tonight the band are on superb form, with some extra heft added to the setlist by the meaty riffs of new songs ‘Southern Trains’ and ‘Japanese Prisoner of Love’. They play a hit-strewn set covering all of their albums, bringing the party to a close with (one of the only actually good Christmas songs) ‘Don’t let the Bells End’ and the obligatory ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’.

Some people wrongly dismiss the Darkness as a piss-take of classic rock bands, but with the quality of musicianship and songs on offer plus the party atmosphere of the gig, it’s safe to say that they’ve missed the point. Their loss.

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