The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre | Philadelphia, PA (5/21/2013)

Review and photos by Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

Seeing The Darkness in concert is not just going to any old a rock show – it is a full-on experience. An experience that spans from philosophical musings on the meaning of existence (including your very own opportunity to save frontman Justin Hawkins’ life as he dives towards you from the balcony with arms wide open) down to sophomoric comic relief. But at the core lies the semi-ironic spirit of glam rock that The Darkness delivers to perfection. This was The Darkness’ last show of the US leg of their tour and they performed songs from across all 3 of their albums including their popular 2003 debut Permission to Land up to 2012’s Hot Cakes. The band exuded an amazing energy in their performance – a contagious energy that had everybody at The Trocadero throwin’ up rock horns at the end of the night.

Below is the official music video (brought to you in glorious 240p) for their biggest hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (which they performed at the end of their regular set) from Permission to Land. During their encore, they were joined on stage by openers Sweathart for an epic cover of Bryan Adam’s “It’s Only Love” and then ended the night with a super-extended rendition of “Love On The Rocks With No Ice”.

Keep scrolling to see more photos from the show.

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin

The Darkness @ the Trocadero Theatre (5/21/2013) | © Serge Levin