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August 7, 2008

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It’s Thursday, and we here at’s Showbiz Towers have been thinking about historical moments in musical history, as one is wont to do.

Granted, we weren’t at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966 to see Bob Dylan called a Judas, nor were we there to see the Sex Pistols in 1976 and we didn’t bother going to see the Stone Roses at Spike Island in 1990.

However, we were there when Richey from the Manic Street Preachers carved ‘4 Real’ into his arm in 1991 (and took him to hospital afterwards), we did see Nirvana’s last ever UK gig at Reading Festival in 1992 – and last night, we were privileged to be at the first ever Hot Leg gig.

Who are Hot Leg, you cry? Well, they’re the new band from Justin Hawkins, former frontman of The Darkness. They debuted last night at Camden’s Proud to mark two years to the day that Justin’s been sober – having beaten the booze and drugs demons that caused him to leave The Darkness in the first place.

And boy, are we glad to have him back, as bar his brief attempt to represent Britain at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, he’s been gone for far too long as we need more popstars like him who really don’t take themselves too seriously.

So what are Hot Leg like? Pretty much like The Darkness really, only a bit more flamboyant (if that were possible), a bit more proper metal but still hilariously funny. You can check out a bit of them tackling a cover of Jennifer Rush’s Eighties power ballad The Power Of Love by clicking here.

And just for old times’ sake, they finished with The Darkness’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love. Okay, it might not have been a milestone in rock, but frankly, we’ll be grinning about the gig for a good few days to come yet, it was that good. Welcome back to the world of showbiz, Justin.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Panther permalink*
    August 10, 2008 4:33 pm

    Attending a gig by someone and writing a good review is lovely. Using a photo that is at least two years old from a previous band’s gig is a little rude, and a bit sloppy to boot.

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