Watch how The Darkness created hair-raising video for Rock And Roll Deserves To Die

The Darkness
The Darkness (Image credit: Simon Emmett)

Earlier this month, The Darkness released a video for their song Rock And Roll Deserves To Die.

It was the first material taken from their upcoming album Easter Is Cancelled and saw the band tear through the track clad in black dinner suits, before an unfortunate turn of events caused the boys to lose their hair… and frontman Justin Hawkins lost a bit more than that!

Now, in an exclusive clip for Classic Rock, The Darkness have shared a making-of clip showing how music and video production company Sitcom Soldiers created the video.

Justin Hawkins tells Classic Rock: “It were right good. We had a strong idea and a lovely team of Northerners to execute said idea, it were magic. 

“Oh yeah, and most importantly, I do all my own stunts.”

The video features interviews with some of the Sitcom Soldiers crew and shows the band being prepared for the shoot – and there’s plenty of laughs when they look back at the footage of Justin losing his hair!

The Darkness followed Rock And Roll Deserves To Die with Heart Explodes two weeks ago and will head out on tour across the UK in November and December.

Easter Is Cancelled will be released on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl.

The Darkness: Easter Is Cancelled
1. Rock And Roll Deserves To Die
2. How Can I Lose Your Love
3. Live ’Til I Die
4. Heart Explodes
5. Deck Chair
6. Easter Is Cancelled
7. Heavy Metal Lover
8. In Another Life
9. Choke On It
10. We Are The Guitar Men

The Darkness: Easter Is Cancelled

The Darkness: Easter Is Cancelled
The Darkness will release their sixth studio album Easter Is Cancelled in October. The follow-up to 2017's Pinewood Smile features the lead single Rock And Roll Deserves To Die.

The Darkness 2019 tour dates
Nov 26: Belfast Limelight, UK
Nov 27: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Nov 29: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Dec 01: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Dec 02: Leicester O2 Academy, UK
Dec 03: Southend Cliffs Pavilion, UK
Dec 05: Norwich UEA, UK
Dec 06: Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK
Dec 07: Bath Pavilions, UK
Dec 09: Portsmouth Pyramids, UK
Dec 10: Brighton Dome, UK
Dec 11: Watford Colosseum, UK
Dec 13: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 14: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Dec 15: Glasgow O2 Academy, UK
Dec 17: York Barbican, UK
Dec 18: Liverpool O2 Academy, UK
Dec 20: London Roundhouse, UK

The Darkness 2020 tour dates
Jan 25: Strasbourg Laiterie, France
Jan 26: Paris La Cigale, France
Jan 27: Bordeaux Krakatoa, France
Feb 03: Lyon Ninkasi KAO, France
Feb 04: Zurich XTRA, Switzerland
Feb 08: Munich Technikum, Germany
Feb 10: Vienna Simm City, Austria
Feb 11: Nuremburg Hirsch, Germany 
Feb 12: Berlin Kesselhaus, Germany
Feb 14: Copenhagen Amager Bio, Denmark
Feb 15: Stockholm Nalen, Sweden
Feb 17: Oslo Rockefeller, Norway
Feb 18: Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden
Feb 20: Hamburg Markthalle, Germany
Feb 21: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Feb 22: Sint Niklas De Casino, Belgium
Feb 24: Amsterdam Melkweg Max, Amsterdam
Feb 25: Frankfurt Batschkapp, Germany

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