The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA – 31 March 2018
On this evening The Darkness returned to The Regency Ballroom on their much anticipated “Tour De Prance” in support of their latest release Pinewood Smile.
The show started off with a bang from Diarrhea Planet, hailing from Nashville, TN. They hit the stage at a prompt 8 pm to a half-filled theater, playing a high-energy, 4-guitar-attack brand of Rock and Roll. This was just a sample of how fantastic this evening would end up being.
After a 30-minute set change, the lights dimmed, and the fans ramped up with excitement, as their beloved lads took to the stage. Justin Hawkins emerged dressed in a leopard skinned jumpsuit, sending the sold-out theater into a frenzy, as they launched into “Open Fire” off their 2015 release, Last of Our Kind.
Justin’s banter between songs was amusing and fun; a bonus came after the photographers finished the 3rd song, he thanked us for doing a great job. As we were leaving the “photo pit”, he shook my hand and said, “Thank You”, which was really appreciated.
The set lasted about 90 minutes in length, and throughout the evening I noticed how happy and excited the fans were while they sang along to almost every song.
Rock n Roll is not dead, it is alive and well and goes by the name The Darkness.
All photos © Scott Martin