The Darkness have released their brand new single Rock And Roll Deserves To Die, which is accompanied by a brilliantly entertaining video. It’s the first taste of their jaw-droppingly ambitious new album Easter Is Cancelled, which is available now.

From chiming, acoustic beginnings, Rock And Roll Deserves To Die explodes into an epic five-minute masterpiece. It features some of Justin Hawkins’ finest lyrics to date alongside monumental riffs, thunderous bass and almighty drums, while also featuring some beautifully delicate touches from the band.

It is quite simply the band’s most exciting and diverse song to date and finds The Darkness hailing the death of the old and opening a door into a brave new world never seen from the band before. As bass player Frankie Poullain comments, “A lot of bands have relinquished their duty. Rock and roll is so uniform now. Everybody dresses the same, looks the same, and sounds the same. It’s pathetic. It deserves to die. Let’s kill the cliché. Let’s break the crucifix. That’s partly what the album is about.”

In fact, Rock And Roll Deserves To Die marks a sensational new era, opening Easter Is Cancelled, the first ever concept album from The Darkness.

The ten track album examines the role of the musician in the barbarous culture of the world today, and their almost divine responsibility to challenge the establishment, something that most rock ‘n’ roll artists seem to have given up on in favour of easy celebrity. And yet at the heart of this tale is love, loss and heartbreak, where redemption is ultimately found in the brotherhood of band friendship and the power of the guitar, as brought full circle in the glorious album closer We Are The Guitar Men.

The Darkness will be spreading their Easter Is Cancelled message across the land with a full UK and Ireland headline tour this winter and will play eighteen dates starting in November 2019. These shows promise to be incredibly special, reflecting the grand scope and vision of the album, alongside the finest hits from the band’s spectacular canon.



Date Venue
Tue 26th Limelight 2 Belfast
Wed 27th Academy Dublin
Fri 29th Rock City Nottingham


Date Venue
Sun 1st O2 Academy Birmingham
Mon 2nd O2 Academy Leicester
Tue 3rd Cliffs Pavilion Southend
Thu 5th UEA Norwich
Fri 6th Corn Exchange Cambridge
Sat 7th Pavilions Bath
Mon 9th Pyramids Portsmouth
Tue 10th Dome Brighton
Wed 11th Colosseum Watford
Fri 13th Academy Manchester
Sat 14th O2 Academy Newcastle
Sun 15th O2 Academy Liverpool
Tue 17th Barbican York
Wed 18th O2 Academy Liverpool
Fri 20th Roundhouse London

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