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Justin Hawkins Shares Insights with Fans on Coping with “Consequences” Post Darkness Break-Up

Despite the band’s reunion, Justin Hawkins continues to grapple with guilt over his role in the split of The Darkness. While the singer faced challenges breaking into the music industry initially, he eventually found success with The Darkness and their debut album, “Permission To Land,” featuring the hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Released in 2003, the album propelled them to fame, but the band disbanded a few years later. Now, Hawkins is opening up about their time in the spotlight through an upcoming documentary.

Amidst his current tour, Hawkins took a moment during a performance to reflect on his experience with The Darkness. Speaking to fans in Manchester, he shared that he often “felt really bad” for his brother Dan. Acknowledging his brother as the driving force behind the band’s success, Hawkins admitted, “Silly old Justin took all the drugs and [messed] it up.” Battling constant struggles with addiction, Hawkins also emphasized the weight of having to “live with the consequences of that,” referring to the band’s breakup.

Not A Rockstar At 18

Even before the band dominated the charts, Hawkins felt he was too old for rock stardom. Despite being only 18 at the time, he recalls thinking, “I remember when I got to about 18 and I saw bands like Ash coming up and thinking, ‘Well, this is over, I’m already too old!’ But I still wanted to be in music, so I went and studied music technology and got a job in a recording studio.”

Following the recording of songs as a Christmas gift for his grandfather, a publishing company approached the singer for what he described as “easy listening stuff.” Surprisingly, this genre of music turned out to be immensely successful. He explained, “I did a lot of stuff. I did HSBC, Mars Bars, Audi… and then I did the Ikea advert, which essentially funded our first album and allowed my brother and me to purchase our first Les Pauls.”

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The documentary, “Welcome to the Darkness,” is directed by Simon Emmett. The film delves into the captivating narrative of the band’s soaring success and subsequent decline in the early 2000s. Please note that when you make a purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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