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Justin Hawkins: 'Vegans Don't Sweat Or Smell'

January 3rd, 2014 9:00am EST
The Darkness
Former The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins has proclaimed he wears the same pants every day and rarely takes a shower, insisting he still smells fresh because he avoids eating meat.

The 38 year-old British rocker is a committed vegan who refuses to eat all animal and dairy products, and he is adamant his diet has affected his sweat glands and he no longer perspires.

He tells Q magazine, "I never change my clothes. In fact, I even sleep in them because vegans don't sweat or smell. I rarely shower and I don't wash my hair. Go up to any vegan and sniff.

"They don't stink."
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The Darkness To Tour With Lady Gaga

April 10th, 2012 10:49pm EDT
The Darkness
Reunited British rockers The Darkness have been given a big boost as they continue their comeback - they have been chosen to support Lady Gaga when she tours Europe.

Justin Hawkins and his band will open for the pop superstar on her Born This Way Ball tour dates from August to October.

The group reformed last year after splitting in 2006.
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The Darkness Get Back Together

March 9th, 2011 10:04pm EST
The Darkness
Madcap British rockers The Darkness are planning a low-key comeback if the launch of a new website is anything to go by.

The group imploded in 2006 and split amid reports of alcohol abuse and in-fighting - and sibling bandmates Justin and Dan Hawkins went their separate ways, forming Hot Leg and Stone Gods respectively.

Reports suggest sober singer Justin has now reconciled with his brother and the pair has revamped The Darkness.

The new official website also links to a Facebook fan page - and top music news website Spinner.com has confirmed the band is back together, although it is stil...
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Adam Lambert To Duet With Christina Aguilera?

June 15th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert has set his sights on a new collaboration - he wants to record a duet with Christina Aguilera.

The former American Idol contestant has already recorded songs written by artists including Lady Gaga, Muse's Matt Bellamy and The Darkness' Justin Hawkins.

Now, Lambert wants to work with Aguilera because he idolized the Genie In A Bottle hit-maker throughout his teenage years.

He says, "I've been a fan of hers since I was a teenager and when she first came out, we were around the same age... I think she's incredible. There's really no-one who can match those vocals. I think it...
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Meat Loaf Returns With Concept Album About Dying Soldier

March 12th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf's musical comeback will be based around a concept album about a dying soldier. The rocker will release "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" in May, and he reveals the whole album is about a mysterious military man.

He tells WENN, "It's the story of a soldier. He's been in battle and he's lying face down on the ground. He can't move, but he turns his head and starts to see blood run across the ground, and so he thinks he's going to die. They always say you see your life flash backward when you're about to die. But his life flashes forward - into what possibly could happen. He sees what his lif...
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Adam Lambert's Debut Album, 'For Your Entertainment', Out Monday, Nov. 23

November 17th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
With his out-of-this-world vocal range and unique musical style, Adam Lambert is the ultra-glam, rock superstar that has America hooked. On Monday, Nov 23, Adam will unleash one of the most highly anticipated debut albums, "For Your Entertainment," on 19 Recordings/RCA. The record garnered contributions from such innovative artists as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Muse, Justin Hawkins formerly of The Darkness and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

Millions of fans watched Lambert's stunning performances on the eighth season of "American Idol" and now those millions of fans are waiting for the release of the al...
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The Darkness Tempted Out Of Shadows For Tour?

December 22nd, 2008 9:34am EST
The Darkness
British band The Darkness are on the verge of a reunion after a U.S. entrepreneur reportedly offered the group "a small fortune" to tour.

The group was catapulted to fame with their hit single I Believe In A Thing Called Love in 2003 - but were forced to split three years later when frontman Justin Hawkins was admitted into rehab to battle a drug addiction. But now the organizer of the Dubai Desert Rocks festival has allegedly offered the group a massive pay check in a bid to tempt the rockers into making a new LP and touring again.

A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "T...
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Switches To Tour With She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet & The Virgins

May 18th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Switches
"Well, the idea was a band, but we're really a neurotic bunch of obsessive compulsive weirdos," Switches singer Matt Bishop says.

The neurotic obsessive-compulsive weirdos, pulled through impressively and way fantastically, and on March 18, 2008 Switches released their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope.

Strangely, Switches, who now all live in London, came together naturally and easily. Matt grew up in Southend (a low-rent seaside town, something like the old Asbury Park neighbourhood) and formed the band while at college:...
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The Darkness Become The Stone Gods

November 22nd, 2007 8:00pm EST
The Darkness
British rockers The Darkness are back - as The Stone Gods. The core of the I Believe In A Thing Called Love hitmakers were on the verge of splitting when frontman Justin Hawkins quit the band 18 months ago, but brother Dan decided to change the name and press on.

The guitarist tells Blabbermouth.net, "It's only when you have something taken away from you that you realise how much you love doing it. All the bulls**t's gone and we can start again. As soon as we recorded the first demos, we felt like we were winning. This is the best and most enjoyable band I've ever been in."

Brothe...
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Former Darkness Singer Justin Hawkins To Star In Music Mogul Biopic

September 14th, 2007 9:15am EDT
The Darkness
Former Darkness star Justin Hawkins and rocker Carl Barat have signed on to play Screaming Lord Sutch and Gene Vincent respectively in a new Joe Meek biopic.

Con O'Neill will reprise his stage role as the tragic British music mogul, while Kevin Spacey has signed up to play Meek's onetime financial backer Major Banks.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran is making his directorial debut on the unnamed project, which is set to hit cinemas next spring.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Jet And The Vines Join PETA Against Seal Slaughter

May 15th, 2007 3:53pm EDT
Jet
Aussie rockers Jet and The Vines have joined forces in a bid to end seal slaughter in Canada. Members of the groups have joined People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)'s youth campaign by signing a petition at Australia's Big Day Out Festival, calling for an end to the hunt, which is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet.

This year's hunt is over, but the petition, which will be sent to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, calls on the country's government to put a permanent end to the bloody slaughter.

Other celebrities who have signed the petition i...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 15

April 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Emma Thompson
Happy Birthday To "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson (1990), "Snakes on a Plane" actor Flex Alexander (1970), Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien (1968), The Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain (1967), 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry (1965), "Back To The Future" trilogy's 'Biff Tannen' actor Thomas F. Wilson (1959), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" actress Emma Thompson (1959), film composer Michael Kamen (1948; d. 2003), Welsh blues rocker Dave Edmunds (1944), film and TV actor Robert Walker Jr. (1940), "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery (1933; d. 1995), country music/Hee-Haw host R...
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The Darkness Confirm Name Change

March 22nd, 2007 2:37pm EDT
The Darkness
British rockers The Darkness have confirmed they are changing their name following the shock departure of frontman Justin Hawkins last year. The trio, comprising Dan Hawkins, Ed Graham and new frontman Richie Edwards, decided to continue with the band after Justin Hawkins walked out of the group last October.

But the remaining members of The Darkness are now looking for a clean break, and are "days away" from finalizing their new band name.

Edwards says, "I can absolutely confirm here and now that we will not be carrying on under the name The Darkness.

"We are literally days ...
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Eurovision Song Contest Winners Accused Of Cheating

March 20th, 2007 9:50am EDT
East 17
Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey has accused the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry Scooch of cheating to win the chance to take part in the event.

A number of acts including Scooch, Harvey, Big Brovaz and former The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins competed for the chance to represent the UK in the televised contest on a live BBC show on Saturday.

Scooch were the surprise victors - but Harvey claims they mimed and their song Flying the Flag (For You) was sung by two singers hiding backstage.

He says, "I was pissed off with the whole Scooch thing. I thought one of the singe...
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Former Darkness Frontman Justin Hawkins Comments On Eurovision Loss

March 19th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
The Darkness
Former The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has called the British public "either racist or stupid" for failing to choose him as the UK entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer claims televised contest Making Your Mind Up was "a stitch-up", and stormed off stage during filming on Saturday.

Hawkins lost out to British pop group Scooch, whose song "Flying The Flag (For You" was chosen as the UK entry by viewers of the BBC show.

The star writes on his MySpace page: "The United Kingdom must be either racist or stupid not to have voted for Big Brovaz or (fellow co...
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Justin Hawkins Not Happy After Losing Song Contest

March 19th, 2007 2:25pm EDT
Darkness
Former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins was so devastated he was not chosen to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, he stormed off and snubbed his fellow contestants at the after party for the BBC TV show Making Your Mind Up.

Hawkins was beaten by British pop group Scooch, whose song "Flying The Flag" (For You) was chosen as the UK entry by viewers of the BBC contest.

A source says, "He was a complete diva. He got in a right old strop because he wasn't picked."

Scooch also saw off competition from ex-EAST 17 singer Brian Harvey, former Atomic Kitten singer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Billy Corgan
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' former lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (191...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 20

February 20th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kurt Cobain
Happy Birthday to NBA star Stephon Marbury (1977), The Darkness drummer Ed Graham (1976), Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell (1975), late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain (1967; d. 1994), supermodel Cindy Crawford (1966), vocal basketball star Charles Barkley (1963), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), socialite Patty Hearst (1954), English actor Anthony Stewart Head (1954), actress/model Jennifer O'Neill (1948), "Peter Pan" actress Sandy Duncan (1946), English actress Brenda Blethyn (1946), "The Fifth Element" actor Brion James (1945; d. 1999), film director Mike Leigh (1943), songwriter/artist Bu...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Singer of The Darkness Quits

October 11th, 2006 9:47am EDT
The Darkness
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins quit the British rockers yesterday, after successfully undergoing rehab for alcohol and drug problems. The "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" star has been clean of cocaine and alcohol for nine weeks, and feels he just can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle any more.

Hawkins' former bandmates - including his guitarist brother Dan - plan to continue without him, despite poor sales of second album One Way Ticket To Hell And Back. He says, "I feel bad for the others, but I can't do it any more."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment ...
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Smashing Pumpkins In Recording Studio

August 17th, 2006 10:40am EDT
According to their website, the Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the studio recording a new album, this comes a few months after the news of a reunion tour.

The short post on their site reads: "The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the recording studio with legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, The Darkness), at work on their first new album since 1999."
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The Darkness Considers Living in A Glass Box To Boost Image

April 19th, 2006 11:00am EDT
The Darkness
The Darkness may be the latest band to be filmed living in a glass box for a new reality TV show called "Band In The Bubble." Australian band Regurgitator and their management team have sold the reality TV concept to a British production company.

The group was part of a show in 2004 where they were put on display in a glass box in Melbourne, Australia's, Federation Square for three weeks. Crowds were able to watch the band as they wrote and recorded songs for an album.

According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Darkness are considering an offer to star in the British version o...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 15

April 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Emma Thompson
Happy Birthday To "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson (1990), "Snakes on a Plane" actor Flex Alexander (1970), Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien (1968), The Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain (1967), 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry (1965), "Back To The Future" trilogy's 'Biff Tannen' actor Thomas F. Wilson (1959), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" actress Emma Thompson (1959), film composer Michael Kamen (1948; d. 2003), Welsh blues rocker Dave Edmunds (1944), film and TV actor Robert Walker Jr. (1940), "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery (1933; d. 1995), country music/Hee-Haw host R...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2006 3:00am EST
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (1918; d. 20...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 20

February 20th, 2006 3:00am EST
Kurt Cobain
Happy Birthday to NBA star Stephon Marbury (1977), The Darkness drummer Ed Graham (1976), Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell (1975), late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain (1967; d. 1994), supermodel Cindy Crawford (1966), vocal basketball star Charles Barkley (1963), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), socialite Patty Hearst (1954), English actor Anthony Stewart Head (1954), actress/model Jennifer O'Neill (1948), "Peter Pan" actress Sandy Duncan (1946), English actress Brenda Blethyn (1946), "The Fifth Element" actor Brion James (1945; d. 1999), film director Mike Leigh (1943), songwriter/artist Bu...
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Music News Bites: The Darkness, Pharrell, Deep Purple & More

February 6th, 2006 3:14pm EST
The Darkness
* The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins is learning to fly, because he yearns to arrive at his gigs in style. Hawkins plans to buy his own helicopter after gaining his pilot's license later this year. Of his new hobby, the rocker says, "It's so addictive."

* Deep Purple rocker Ian Gillan refuses to lead a traditionally healthy lifestyle, because drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes works for him. The 60-year-old 'Smoke On The Water' singer also dismisses any suggestion he should take up sport, because he likes to save up his energy for thinking. He explains, "I drink pretty much on...
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Madonna Leads MTV Australia VMAs

February 6th, 2006 12:30pm EST
Madonna
Superstar Madonna is leading the nominations at this year's MTV Australia Video Music Awards (MTV AVMAs), with 5 nods. The Material Girl's new album Confessions of a Dance Floor has earned her nominations for Best Female Artist, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Video Of The Year and Best Dance Video for Hung Up at the 12 April ceremony.

Following behind, Aussie stars Bernard Fanning and The Veronicas, and American acts Green Day, Foo Fighters and Kanye West all have three nods apiece. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, Robbie Williams, James Blunt and Kelly Clarkson all have ...
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