Upon first listen, The Darkness sound like they could have existed during the 70’s arena rock era, or perhaps during the 80’s glam metal era. Although clearly influenced by the music of those time periods, the British rock band has only been around since 2000. The band’s lineup has fluctuated since their formation, but the current roster consists of all original members, including singer and guitarist Justin Hawkins, his brother and guitarist Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham. After initially having a difficult time finding a record label, The Darkness’ 2003 debut album on Atlantic Records, Permission to Land, went quadruple-platinum in their home country. It sold over 1.3 million copies in the United Kingdom alone. One of the singles from the album, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”, also found success worldwide, including heavy rotation for the music video on MTV in the United States. In 2004, the band received two Kerrang! Awards and three BRIT Awards for the album. Following numerous world tours after releasing their debut album, including a stint with Metallica, The Darkness entered the studio with famed Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker. The resulting album, One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back, was released in 2005. In 2006, Justin Hawkins entered rehab for substance abuse and subsequently left the band after successfully completing the program. During the hiatus that followed, the remaining members of The Darkness formed the band Stone Gods. Not to be outdone, Justin Hawkins formed his own band, Hot Leg, which bore a striking resemblance to The Darkness due to his unique voice. In 2011, the original members of The Darkness reunited and the 2012 album Hot Cakes soon followed. That same year, the band supported Lady Gaga on the European and African legs of The Born This Way Ball world tour.