THE DARK­NESS LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH (COOK­ING VINYL) KKKKK

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Queen ■ “Gimme a D!” yells Justin Hawkins at the crowd, early on in this live doc­u­ment. “Gimme an Ark­ness!” Ah, The Dark­ness live: there is no greater ex­am­ple of mas­ter­fully en­ter­tain­ing hors­ing around in the name of rock’n’roll. Thank­fully, Justin’s nudge-wink sense of fun and toothy charm still works when you can’t see him prowl­ing round the stage in his Ly­cra like a cross be­tween Fred­die Mer­cury and a par­tic­u­larly en­thu­si­as­tic gym in­struc­tor. “Thank you so much to this evening’s pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers for tak­ing those lovely pho­tos,” he says at one point, be­fore gig­gling, “Did you get any­thing good? You’ve had your chance.” Mu­si­cally, this finds the band on fine form, although the sum­mer re­lease date does make the seg­ment where Justin turns on some Christ­mas lights be­fore Christ­mas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) feel hope­lessly out of time. But then, such ridicu­lous­ness is all part of their ap­peal, in­nit. NICK RUSKELL

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