The Darkness and Black Stone Cherry have today announced an exciting co-headline UK arena tour for 2023. This upcoming tour will see one of the UK’s most well-loved rock heroes play alongside the legendary Kentucky-based group Black Stone Cherry. These two titans of rock will hit the road in 2023 across multiple venues around the UK, kicking things off on the 28th of January in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena before hitting the road around the country including Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Manchester AO Arena, Leeds First Direct Arena before a major headline show in London at the OVO Arena Wembley on the 4th of February 2023.
Mr Justin Hawkins – “Legend tells of a night, some ten or more years ago, upon which The Darkness and Black Stone Cherry serenaded the nocturnal creatures of Thetford Forest, receiving generally favourable reviews in the woodland press. Like the owls and squirrels of that fabled evening, we give to you an opportunity to stand beaks and mouths a-gape in awe and wonder at the awesome power of power chords played by the very same fingers, but within the convenient shelter of an arena instead of in a moon-dappled forest clearing. There may be some seating so you won’t have to sit on toadstools. Also, modern flushing toilet facilities, not just tree trunks and bushes. Remember what the Thetford fauna say – “The music of Black Stone Cherry and The Darkness is TREEmendous, and Never LEAVES you.”
Black Stone Cherry – “The rock n’ roll history books will tell you that on a summer’s night in 2012, tucked way back in the English countryside, two bands, from different parts of the world, came together to bring people a night of high energy, pedal to the metal, in your face unscripted rock ‘n’ roll.  A bond was formed that could only have been blessed by the wizards of said forest.  While discussing each other’s outfits and stage moves, a tour was spoken of, put into the galaxy if you will, and now we are honored to say the stars have finally aligned and we will be joining forces with The Darkness for what will be the UK’s most exciting tour of the season!  We absolutely cannot wait to create more magic and release the lightning that both bands caught in a bottle so many years ago.  Grab your friends, grab your family, but hold on to your asses because this tour is going to ROCK!”
For over two decades these iconic bands have embedded themselves as two of the most influential live rock bands around. A true spectacle to behold, these shows promise to be an incredibly special affair, guaranteed to create a lively and memorable moment for fans who will be treated to hits from both of their back catalogues a show that every rock music fan will enjoy. Tickets are available here.
About The Darkness
Overblown with pomp and camp, English rock band the Darkness crashed the mainstream in the early 2000s, resurrecting classic rock & roll bombast and excess with their breakthrough debut, 2003’s Permission to Land. Scoring armfuls of awards and chart records, the outfit imploded just as abruptly as they seemed to arrive. The band reformed in 2011 and issued their comeback, Hot Cakes, in 2012. Subsequent 2010s efforts expanded their reliably raucous and nostalgia-indebted hard rock catalogue, capturing fans with their theatrical live shows and devotion to excess and tongue-in-cheek humour. At the turn of the decade, they released Easter Is Cancelled (2019) and Motorheart (2021).
The Darkness is centred around irrepressible frontman Justin Hawkins, who, along with his guitar-playing baby brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor, single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-’70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation.
With outrageous stage antics that included gaudy leotards stolen from Steven Tyler’s wardrobe, leaps and splits borrowed from David Lee Roth, and an ear-piercing falsetto copped from Freddie Mercury himself. The Darkness’ high-energy sets, remarkably catchy material, and unapologetic worship of old-school rock & roll bombast have earned them a spot in the rock zeitgeist.

About Black Stone Cherry
In the past two decades, Black Stone Cherry has set a new standard for Southern rock, revitalizing the tradition with burly riffs and stirring rock hooks. Since their formation in 2001, the group now includes Chris Robertson, vocals/guitar; Ben Wells, guitar/vocals; and John Fred Young, drums along with their new bass player Steve Jewell. Though not blood relatives, the guys grew up together, immersed in the culture of shit-kicking rock n’ roll.

The band have blazed their way in establishing a legacy. In the US, BSC’s last album, Family Tree, debuted at #8 in the Current Rock Albums, #4 in Current Hard Music, and #21 in Top Current Album. The band’s 3 previous studio albums have cracked the Top 10 in the UK. Black Stone Cherry has headlined and rocked arena shows around the world and shared the stage with a diverse roster of superstars, including Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Def Leppard, Gov’t Mule, Nickelback, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Mötorhead, and ZZ Top.

The Darkness & Black Stone Cherry 2023 
January 2023
28           Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
29           Liverpool M&S bank Arena
30           Glasgow OVO Arena
31           Birmingham Resorts World Arena
February 2023
02           Manchester AO Arena  
03           Leeds First Direct Arena
04           London Wembley OVO Arena
Tickets go on sale on Friday 24th June at 10.00am BST

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