The Darkness Highlights Tenacious D's Festival Supreme

The Darkness
Chelsea Schwartz
The Darkness perform at Festival Supreme 2015. 

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.

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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. 

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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.