Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge music fan. My iTunes library is a few songs short of 150,000 (the 1.4 TB size is sometimes troublesome, I confess) and growing.
I still prefer CDs although I appreciate the convenience of digital files. I shouldn’t mention the thousands of cassettes stored in my basement, but psychologists say you’re only as sick as your secrets, so I’ll expose them to the light, as well.
I’m a bit of a collector. It’s a problem.
I like all kinds of music—well, as long as it’s rock, pop, or country. And Christmas music. I have hundreds of Christmas CDs. 99% of the time, however, my music of choice is rock. Loud, guitar-driven rock.
As you might expect, I love going to live concerts. From 2002-2010, I attended 119 shows, with 25 in 2009 alone. To be honest, keeping up the pace became a bit much, with a family, career, writing, and other pursuits, so I promised myself that I’d become more selective beginning in 2011.
Part of that promise included a real effort to focus on seeing bands I hadn’t seen before. One such opportunity came up last week, when The Darkness came to NYC.
The Darkness are a British rock band that hit the big-time with 2003’s multi-platinum album, Permission To Land. Fueled by the mega-hit, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love,” the band achieved worldwide success.
What followed was a story shared by many a rock band—a less-than-successful follow-up album, internal squabbling, drug problems, and a 2006 break-up.
When the rock gods smiled and the band reunited in 2011, I vowed to see them if they came around. So, on Monday night, I was among the crowd at Irving Plaza watching The Darkness put on a great show. Old stuff. New stuff. The entire Permission To Land album. 20+ songs of non-stop rock and roll.
I only have one complaint—and it’s about personal preference—they only played two songs from 2005’s One Way Ticket To Hell… and Back album. Now, I realize I’m among the minority, but I believe that album is world’s better than its predecessor (it is, in fact, one of my favorite twenty-five albums of the last decade) and I had hoped for more.
Nevertheless, I’m happy The Darkness is back together. It was a great show and I can’t wait for the upcoming album.
Check out their biggest and latest songs below: