Hawkins Quits The Darkness

2006-10-11 by Dave de Sylvia STAFF | 16 Comments
Singer Justin Hawkins has left The Darkness in order to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Hawkins decided his career with the band had come to an end following a stint at London celebrity rehab clinic The Priory.

"I feel bad for the others," he told The Sun newspaper. "It will be an upheaval. But it's time for me to move on. It would be damaging to my recovery to stay on. I'm not blaming the band for my problem - I am an addict. There are people who can be in bands and stay clean, but I'm not one of them."

The singer also revealed that he'd considered quitting last year before the band headed off on a world tour, but decided to carry on after attending rehab. The habit became so serious at one point that the singer was spending over £1,000 ($2,000) a week on cocaine.

"I feel like I've lost three years of my life. I'm only just coming to terms with what has happened because I was always off my face," he explained. "I became secretive, volatile and verbally abusive, a really unpleasant person to be around."

Despite being the face and founder of the band, Hawkins' depature doesn't mean the end of the road for the band. The group continued after the departure of bassist Frankie Poullain last year, and it's his replacement, Richie Edwards, who takes over vocal duties for the band.

The band had previously announced they were recording their third album for release next year, however no news is forthcoming on that project. Hawkins is currently considering the prospects of a solo career.

http://www.thedarknessrock.com/

Tagged: The Darkness

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ohcleverhansyou
October 11th 2006
885 Comments


Damnit. I love this band. My friends and I would butcher Justin's singing while blasting their songs in the high school parking lot. Those were the days...

Jim
October 11th 2006
5110 Comments


I'm hardly a fan of the group - in fact they're a little irritating - but that's pretty big news. He was always the face of the band from what I could gather.

£1,000 on coke a week??? I wanna be a rockstar

beau99
October 11th 2006
62 Comments


I hate The Darkness and I think Hawkins is an annoying prick.


Personal feelings aside, I hope he gets clean.

fisky009
October 11th 2006
813 Comments


Bummer...

Steerpike
October 11th 2006
1861 Comments


Be interesting to see how this works out. Still, it's a surprisingly responsible decision for a rock star.

smokersdieyounger
October 11th 2006
672 Comments


They should split without him.

I think he's right to do it, rather than fuck up even more

Patrick
October 11th 2006
1891 Comments


can you say....

Rock Star: The Darkness!

rustysurf84
October 11th 2006
327 Comments


1000 pounds on cocaine?! God Damn!

HumanCannonball
October 11th 2006
350 Comments


Goddammit, how I freakin hate this skinny fag.:

1. Their music is beyond badly.
2. His voice is terrible.
3. He's the biggest hypocrite of all time. He critizised Pete Doherty for his drug habbits and how he's a junkie, a loser and shouldn't do that and then Hawkins gets revealed as a freakin drug and alcohol addict?! Son of a bitch.

canadianterrorist666
October 11th 2006
21 Comments


Well, hopefully the Darkness wont suck dick for the next album... Too bad for Justin though

Steerpike
October 11th 2006
1861 Comments


Goddammit, how I freakin hate this skinny fag.


Normally, I would put you in your place, but the very fact that this is the wittiest thing you could possibly think to say means that you've done the work for me.

Drunken Viking
October 11th 2006
1023 Comments


Wait, so he admits he can't be in a band and be sober, which he wants to be, so he starts a solo career?

Apocalyptic Raids
October 13th 2006
810 Comments


I imagine the solo career won't be anytime soon, considering.

reginalt
October 14th 2006
32 Comments


Ah I remenber in the days before I discovered decent music I was amazed by 'Permission to Land'...Bad music,good times

TID22
October 15th 2006
76 Comments


Somehow I really doubt I will miss this band.

Rocksta71
November 9th 2006
1023 Comments


Dammit, I love these guys.
I don't think they could ever replace him, he is the darkness!
I hope he gets clean and starts a new band or goes back to the darkness.



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