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Top 20 Albums 2009

December 18, 2009

17. Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

I was a massive fan of the Darkness, and I know that’s an unpopular thing to admit in some circles. Nevertheless, I was saddened when they broke up, as I think that Justin Hawkins is a really gifted (if immature) songwriter. Luckily, the debut effort by his next band sounded very much like the Darkness Part II. It’s not a perfect record, but the highlights are very high. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun. The band is unashamed when it comes to the much maligned genre of 80’s pomp rock. Surprising, then, was the real artistry displayed here. The songs that aren’t intentionally tongue-in-cheek are impressive on a whole different level.


Planet Rock Xmas Party

November 12, 2009

Hot Leg will be appearing at this stupendous event on Wednesday 2nd December, at the 02 Academy, Islington, London.

Tickets available from the Planet Rock site (though a bit difficult to see where when I looked) or Seetickets.

Hooray for Man Rock and festive stuff!


Edit – Pete won’t be there, he’s off on duty with OneeskimO, so Carlos Garcia of The Crave will be stepping in. See latest Hot Leg blog, link over to the right.

T shirt Mega Sale

October 8, 2009

Hot Leg  have decided to bring Christmas forward this year and reduce the prices on all Hot Leg t-shirts available via their  online store.  All shirts are now £5 (or equivalent in your currency) and will stay at that price until they are all gone.  Several items have already sold out, so if you were thinking of getting a loved one the perfect Christmas gift (yes this is extremely early for buying Christmas presents) then you need to click on the merch link, fast.

Moonfest – 30.8.09

September 2, 2009





Rocker Hawkins and band wow Moonfest fans at Westbury

September 1, 2009

Justin Hawkins and new band Hot Leg brought Moonfest to a successful close on Sunday night.

The former Darkness frontman had promised a spectacular entrance on to the stage and he didn’t disappoint when he roared on riding a mini quad bike.

The 34-year-old, who is a friend of Moonfest organiser John Green, and his band belted out a succession of guitar-heavy numbers, accompanied by his trademark falsetto vocals and on-stage cavorting.

And what they may have lacked in subtlety they more than made up for with sheer enthusiasm.

A new addition to Hawkins’ ensemble was a natty moustache. Sunday’s festival, at Storridge Farm, near Westbury, attracted hundreds of music fan and passed off without incident.

Justin Hawkins in action at Moonfest on Sunday night. PICTURE BY TREVOR PORTER PICTURE BY TREVOR PORTER

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Glam rocker Hawkins can’t wait for Wiltshire’s Moonfest

August 25, 2009

8:03am Tuesday 25th August 2009

Glam rocker Justin Hawkins says he will be risking life and limb when he makes a spectacular entrance onto the main stage at Moonfest on Sunday.

The former Darkness frontman will take his new band, Hotleg, to Storridge Farm on Sunday for the first ever Moonfest.

“I’m looking forward to Moonfest. We played at the cancellation party last year which was an awesome gig and we’re hoping to play under better circumstances this time round. said 34-year-old.

“This is going to be the most spectacular and most daring entrance. I can’t go into too much detail but I’m risking life and limb. If we pull it off and I don’t die then it will be amazing.

“I think if people haven’t heard of the Darkness they must have been living under a rock for the past five years but if they haven’t heard of Hotleg before that’s the normal state of affairs. It’s a high intensity mega man rock show. We just plug in and go for it.”

He has known Moonfest organiser John Green for some time.

“John taught me to fly helicopters and I taught John how to dance,” he said. “We go back quite a few years now.

“We’ve played a few shows in Swindon and I’m friendly with John so I’ve visited Wiltshire a few times, it’s like my home from home.”

Last year’s festival had the plug pulled by Wiltshire police over crowd safety fears because of Pete Doherty’s shceduled appearance.

“It was a strange situation last year,” said Hawkins, “so I’m delighted for John that it’s going ahead this year and he hasn’t encountered the same resistance as last year – it was an absolute disgrace.

“I’m familiar with most of the bands on the bill so we’ll try and watch some before our set, although I might be needed elsewhere for this entrance.”

When asked whether the band would be playing any of the old Darkness numbers or any surprise covers on Sunday Justin coyly replied: “I couldn’t possibly say.”

Hotleg released their debut album, Red Light Fever, earlier in the year and Justin revealed they would return to the studio next year to record a follow up album.


Retroblog Album Review

August 20, 2009

Hot Leg – Red Light Fever – Justin Hawkins

Aug 20th 2009retroDanmusic & reviews

It really boggles the mind why Hot Leg’s Red Light Fever never got an official release in the United States. This is probably one of my favorite albums of the year and from what I can tell, you can’t purchase the CD anywhere in the U.S. except as an import. WTF? The album is a great comeback effort by Justin Hawkins and the songs are pretty much an extension of what he was doing with his former group the Darkness. All the hard rockin’ elements from the Darkness are present here – crunchy guitar riffs, catchy hooks and Hawkins’ trademark falsetto. Thankfully fans outside the U.K. can at least purchase mp3 downloads from the band’s website. But it’s sad to see that the band never got the promotional backing they certainly deserve here in the States. According to their website, the band is planning on recording their second album and then releasing it in early 2010. Hopefully they’ll find a U.S. record label to back them this time around. Come on, this is *Man-Rock* at its finest!

RetroGrade: A

personal favorites off the album include: Trojan Guitar (fantastically epic!!), Whichever Way You Wanna Give It (reminds me of the Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” ), You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore and Ashamed (love Hawkins’ take on reality TV)

Artist: Hot Leg
Album: Red Light Fever
Released in the U.K.: February 2009
Label: Universal UK
official website: Team Hot Leg
1. Chickens
2. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore
3. Ashamed
4. I’ve Met Jesus
5. Trojan Guitar
6. Cocktails
7. Gay In The 80s
8. Prima Donna
9. Whichever Way You Wanna Give It
10. Kissing In The Wind

Hot Leg:
Justin Hawkins – Vocals, Guitar
Pete Rinaldi – Guitar
Samuel SJ Stokes – Bass
Darby Todd – Drums

Heroes Video

August 14, 2009


Provinssirock Festival, Finland – 13.6.09

August 5, 2009

Darby Todd:

Hot Leg’s Hot Network

August 4, 2009

All for you. Great social networking, great.

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