The Darkness w/ Crown Jewel Defense & Foxy Shazam 02/25/12
Neptune Theater – Seattle, CA
Words/Photos by Thenaturalstoner & Mr Sparkly
If you’re a regular visitor to Concert Confessions, you may have noticed a recurring theme throughout February. On our website, individual Twitter feeds, and the official Concert Confessions facebook page, there has been a lot of talk about The Darkness, the UK rockers who hit the scene in 2003 with the infectious tune “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” So here you go, the third confession of this tour, which also happens to be the last show of the North American tour.
It seemed like this particular weekend in Seattle was about seeing a few love/hate bands…either you love The Darkness and Foxy Shazam (or Sleigh Bells who we saw the night before) or you hate them. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, at least within the CC crew. Well, I love the Darkness and was jacked when they announced their North American tour last fall. Those hopes of seeing them were quickly dashed when I saw no Pacific Northwest dates. However, the boys came through when a few weeks later they added three PNW dates to the end of the tour.
After rocking with Sleigh Bells at the Showbox at the Market the previous night, thenaturalstoner and I headed over to the most dreaded part of Seattle, the University District (Go Cougs!), to see Crown Jewel Defense, Foxy Shazam and The Darkness at the recently renovated 800 seat Neptune Theatre. thenaturalstoner actually enjoyed Crown Jewel Defense’s set more than some of our other Concert Confessions brethren (I felt they were not bad, but just a bit gimmicky). Although I am not above giving them a second listen as both Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and Eric Nally (Foxy Shazam) had nothing but good things to say about the band. However, we were psyched when their set ended and it was Foxy Shazam time!
After reading some Foxy Shazam reviews on the site, I was extremely excited to catch this set. All of the stage antics we had been led to believe all came true. Eating cigarettes, crazy stage rolls, and awesome banter were all a fun addition to the set. The music was really good too—“I Like It,” “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,” and “Killin’ It” were amazing. We made our way to the floor, which was a great decision, and rocked out hard! After the set, we decided to head to spot near the front of the balcony and wait for The Darkness to hit the stage.
The Darkness came out about 10:30 and the sold out Neptune exploded. “Black Shuck” opened the set, and two hours later—with hits such as “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” “One Way Ticket,” and of course, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”—the band and their rock and roll madness had the venue in shambles. It had everything I want in a rock concert: crowdsurfing, wailing guitar solos, high-kicks, Justin Hawkins’ bad-ass jumpsuits, and a mind-blowing “Love on the Rocks with No Ice” encore. Hawkins is a hell of a front man, which made it that much more of a great show. I have listened to the band’s first album, Permission to Land, thousands of times since its debut. Over the years, I had come to the realization that I may never see this band live. Tonight, after all those years, I finally got to see The Darkness rock Seattle.