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Old 10-12-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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Justin Hawkins quits The Darkness

From bbc.co.uk

The lead singer of glam rock band The Darkness is leaving the group after a battle with drug addiction, it has been confirmed.
Justin Hawkins, 31, spent nine weeks in The Priory clinic in a bid to kick his cocaine addiction.

The singer, famous for his catsuits and high-pitched vocals, said the band would be "damaging" to his recovery.

The Darkness, who dominated the Brit Awards in 2004, is set to continue. Hawkins is still reviewing his options.

The group scored a major hit with their first album, Permission To Land, which sold 1.5 million copies.

But the pressures of fame, including press attention and constant travelling, led Hawkins to cocaine use.

He told the Sun newspaper: "I became secretive, volatile and verbally abusive, a really unpleasant person to be around. There were lots of periods I don't even remember, blackouts.

"I couldn't even tell you how much I was drinking - it was all day when we were on tour. My weapon of choice was vodka.

"It has affected every aspect of my life, with the band and my girlfriend Sue."

He said he would continue to visit The Priory and "would love to become a counsellor".

The band were reported to be "in a state of shock" having hoped to have changed Hawkins mind about leaving the band.

Despite their early success, the Darkness notched up disappointing sales for their second album One Way Ticket To Hell And Back.

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Well, that's the end of the Darkness then.

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Holy coke, repeating myself, except I'm getting slightly louder
Pausing long enough to snort that white powder
Wheels steering off but I'm still on track
Bought a one way ticket to hell

And back!
One way ticket to hell and back (yeah)
Bought a one way ticket to hell and back (ooh yeah)
One way ticket to hell and back,
Bought a one way ticket to hell (oooh yeaah)

Shame I didn't get to see their excellent live show before Justin went bonkers.
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R&R star in rehab.....wow
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Best news I've heard all day.
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They look like cross-dressing girls.

For the record, I'd take "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" over any PATD song any day. Over any album, over the entire genre...everything.
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Pity. I hope he gets himself sorted out.

And I mean it. For some reason there was a complete sea change in opinion on this band on this board in the last three years.

Well to you.
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That first record is still a blast to listen to.

The second one, well, not so much.

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