The Darkness at Irving Plaza, NYC (more by Chris La Putt)

Last night (2/6), Irving Plaza was witness to call-and-response sing-a-longs with the audience, epic guitar solos played while riding a roadie through the crowd, and a trust fall into the congregation. And that was just one song. It could only be The Darkness.

This was the second of two nights at Irving, their first NYC shows in five years or so. (We have pictures from Saturday too.) It was also after that Superbowl ad thrust the band back into public conscious, but it didn't seem like anyone there had forgotten about them. This crowd -- which included Dee Snider -- was primed to rawk and frontman Justin Hawkins had them eating out of the palm of his hand. When he yelled "I wanna see some thumbs!" we instantly obliged. [BV]

The Darkness play Stubb's tonight (5/25) and tickets are still available. The band have almost finished up their current North American tour which wraps up at the House of Blues in Dallas on Sunday (5/27) and tickets are still available for that show too. They then fly to Europe where they'll be tour openers for...Lady Gaga? It's true. All Darkness tour dates are below.


The Darkness - 2012 Tour Dates
Fri 5/25 Austin, TX Stubb's
Sat 5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma Festival
Sun 5/27 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Sat 6/2 Trondheim, Norway Trondheim Rock
Fri 6/8 Solvesburg, Sweden Sweden Rock
Sat 6/16 Spain Plein Air
Sat 6/23 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal Festival
Sun 6/24 UK Isle of Wight Festival
Fri 6/29 Belgrade, Serbia Usce Park
Fri 7/6 Kinross, Scotland T in the Park
Sat 7/7 Amneville, France Snowhall Parc
Sun 7/8 France Sonisphere
Sat 7/14 Suffolk, UK Thetford Forest
Sat 8/4 Oder, Poland Woodstock Festival
All dates below, with LADY GAGA:
Tue 8/14 Sofia, Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium
Thu 8/16 Bucharest, Romania Arena Nationala Stadium
Sat 8/18 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
Tue 8/21 Vilnius, Lithuania Vingis Park
Thu 8/23 Riga, Latvia Mezaparks
Sat 8/25 Tallinn Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
Mon 8/27 Helsinki, Finland Hartwell Arena
Thu 8/30 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
Sun 9/2 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium
Tue 9/4 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena
Wed 9/5 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena
Sat 9/8 London, UK Twickenham
Sun 9/9 London, UK Twickenham
Tue 9/11 Manchester, UK Evening News Arena
Sat 9/15 Dublin. Ireland Aviva Stadium
Mon 9/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Tue 9/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Sat 9/22 Paris, France Stade de France
Mon 9/24 Hannover, Germany TUI Arena
Wed 9/26 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Thu 9/27 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Sat 9/29 Wilrijk, Belgium Sportpaleis
Sat 9/29 Wilrijk, Belgium Sportpaleis
Tue 10/2 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Thu 10/4 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat 10/6 Barcelona, Spain Palau St Jordi