The Darkness Highlights Tenacious D's Festival Supreme
Sharing the bill with comedians like Kids In The Hall, Bill Burr, Amy Poehler, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine and Festival Supreme founders Tenacious D, The Darkness took the rock stage with shouts: “Gimme a D, gimme an Arkness, we’re the mother-f---ing Darkness."
Since bursting on the scene with 2003’s Permission To Land, the British rockers have relished in the reputation that they love a good party, so playing a comedy-music gathering on a Saturday night was a perfect vehicle for frontman Justin Hawkins and crew.
The four-piece just kicked off a North American tour in support of its fourth studio album, Last Of Our Kind, released earlier this year, and performed a two-hour headlining gig in Pomona, Calif. the night before. But this Los Angeles stop was a condensed version -- clocking in at 45 minutes -- during which the band busted out the mid-tempo “Love Is Only A Feeling," “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” (featuring Hawkins doing a handstand on the drum riser and clapping with his feet), the frenetic “Street Spirit,” the massive “Barbarian” and, of course, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" to close out the show.
After the set, Hawkins confessed these types of gigs -- where you're not playing to your own fanbase -- can be difficult. But on a night that saw Tenacious D perform a cool jazz cover of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” along with energetic sets from San Diego’s Rocket From The Crypt and Dan Deacon and some hilarious comedy from top stand-ups, a frontman that claps with his feet and instructs the sound man to turn it up so these “c---s can hear me,” seemed right at home.