Perhaps one of the unlikeliest phenomena a decade ago was the second coming of glam-rock in the shape of Suffolk's Spandex-warriors, The Darkness.
Fronted by enigmatic yodelling frontman Justin Hawkins and armed with some seriously catchy 'poperatic' anthems, the like of which we haven't seen since the days of Queen and T Rex, The Darkness were (and remain) a breath of fresh air in an age of cynical musical exploitation.
As flamboyant as Freddie Mercury, Hawkins must have been a PR person's dream in 2000, even as frontman in the little-known band Empire. By 2003, Atlantic Records had secured he and his band's signatures and released one of the decade's most memorable rock albums at a time when rock albums were becoming over-produced and po-faced. As debuts go, "Permission to Land" may well be self-indulgent parody, even down to the mildly misogynist sleeve (ooh, cheeky), but it's packed with killer riffs and tunes.
"Love Is Only a Feeling", "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Get Your Hands off My Woman", "Growing on Me" and the ridiculously clichéd (but fun) "Love on the Rocks with No Ice" all served to make "Permission to Land" the hit album of summer 2003. It just so happens to have reached its tenth birthday - and you can guess what that means.
In the autumn, The Darkness will perform the album in its entirety, along with other classics from their catalogue, on a UK tour confirmed to run until the Festive season. Lasting over a month, the Permission to Land 10th Anniversary Tour will start in Camden on 13th November, followed by stops in Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Dublin, Middlesbrough and many more, not so obvious, venues and towns until landing in Norwich on 16th December.
Tickets are on sale [14/06/2013 9:00], priced from around £25 upwards. More shows are likely to be added so bookmark this page.