Wanna be a rockstar?
Although I can’t promise you groupies and TVs propelled out of windows, the documentary ‘Welcome to the Darkness’ is probably as close as most of us will ever come to being Rock Gods.
Hop on the tour bus with legendary Brit rockers The Darkness, who shot to fame in the early 2000s – selling millions of albums, packing out stadiums across the world and lining their shelves with awards. Now, we join them as they start their comeback tour.
You may know them from anthems such as I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Love Is Only a Feeling, to name but a few. Not ringing a bell? No worries, an insightful backstory is provided for the uninitiated.
You don’t need to be a fan to enjoy the ups and downs of their successes and tumultuous relationships. Although not as violent as the Gallaghers, the Hawkins brothers (frontman Justin and guitarist Dan) have a tumultuous relationship that is touched on but never fully explored. As they seem to be healing, why would you pick at that scab? Possibly unrelated, but they also manage to churn through more drummers than Elton John has wardrobe changes.
The humour from their music carries over into their day-to-day lives. Whether it’s picking an outrageous outfit for the next gig or interacting with adoring fans, they never take themselves too seriously. Which would be hard to do when you have a lead singer who looks like he should be lowering a basket of lotion into a well – but man, he can hit high notes that would make the Gibb brothers proud.
This will undoubtedly be my favourite doco of 2024. With so much riding on this tour, the tension is palpable. Succeed and live the life of a rockstar or fail and get a proper job. It could go either way as disaster seems to be a fifth member of the band.
However, their resilience, determination and self-belief keep them rocking. Which is justifiable when you consider how much they have achieved. Find out if they can do it again in ‘Welcome to the Darkness.’
Available to rent or buy on most Aussie streaming platforms from 24 January.