Hawkins Wants Halibut, Not Money, For Darkness Reunion
Justin Hawkins says filthy lucre is not the motivation behind a mooted reunion of The Darkness.
In response to rumours that he has ended his feud with his brother Dan, Justin posted the following on his Twitter page:
“What Darkness rumour? Are we all talking at crossed porpoises?
“If we ever did re-form, it wouldn’t be because some record executives consider it a viable proposition.
“It would be just for the HALIBUT. I’d better start learning my SCALES.”
According to reports the bickering bruvvers have patched up their differences and have been demoing new material at Justin’s studio in Lowestoft.
A Darkness reunion looks on the cards if the pair are happy with the results of their sessions.
A source close to Dan Hawkins told Classic Rock:
“Dan has just moved to a posh pad in Brighton and the rent doesn’t come cheap. Plus he and his girlfriend have just had a baby.
“Given those circumstances I doubt if Dan would want to trek around the clubs again with Stone Gods [the band he formed after The Darkness split in October 2006].
“So I wouldn’t be at all surprised if The Darkness re-formed to play some big shows.”
Another source confirmed: “If their stuff is liked by record label staff they will attempt to reunite The Darkness.”
It’s not known who would join the Hawkins brothers in a reconstituted Darkness.
The chances of original bass player Frankie Poullain – surely rock’s most iconic moustachiod four-stringer since Saxon’s Steve ‘Dobby’ Dawson – look remote.
Besides, Justin sports a ‘face-ferret’ himself now and it’s unlikely he would allow two moustaches in the band.
As Justin Twittered: “When I jog through the fog, my moustache drips condensation which I can drink when I get thirsty. I love nature.”
Poullain’s replacement in The Darkness, Richie Edwards, is a member of Stone Gods.
Darkness drummer Ed Graham was a member of Stone Gods but left in 2008.
A Darkness reunion would also sadly spell the end for Justin Hawkins’ splendid band, Hot Leg.
Nevertheless, the return of The Darkness would please Classic Rock immensely – especially as we recently named the band’s I Believe In A Thing Called Love the Top Rock Song Of The Noughties.