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Justin Hawkins is back and he might just squeeze into his Darkness catsuits

July 28, 2008

JUST when you thought it was safe to go to a Justin Hawkins gig… you’d better think again.

The former Darkness singer has revealed he might still don those wacky lycra catsuits when he performs in Brum with his new band Hot Leg.

Justin, who quit his first chart-topping band to go into rehab, laughed: “I’ve still got a couple of them. In fact I tried one on the other day and I’m glad to say that I managed to squeeze into it!

“I cannot guarantee that I won’t wear them. It’s a possibility. Although I haven’t had any new one’s made up so it might be a bit weird wearing the catsuits I wore when I was in The Darkness.”

The Suffolk-born singer is back on the music scene with his new band and they play at the Barfly next month.

“I’m really excited about it all,’’ he said. ‘‘The people in the band are all fantastic players and they look good.

“We had our first warm-up gig at a friend’s wedding.

We played in front of just 50 people and it was nice not to perform for the first time in the public eye.

‘‘The guests were aged from about five to 50, and I was told one complained that our performance of Billy Idol’s White Wedding was hardly appropriate, which I couldn’t believe!”

Justin, who left The Darkness three years ago to battle against a booze and drugs addiction, formed his new 90s inspired band earlier this year.

And he added he didn’t regret leaving The Darkness.

“It was time to go.’’ he said. ‘‘There really wasn’t another album in us and I lost interest.”

The Darkness have since been renamed Stone Gods and Lichfield-born bassist Richie Edwards has been catapulted to lead singer status.

Justin said: “Richie’s a really great guy and is a star. If I could have picked anyone to sing it would have been him. I don’t think I’ll be going to see them play though. Although we all talk, I think it would just be too awkward.”

Hot Leg play the Barfly on August 7.

Birmingham Sunday Mercury

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