Parklife DC Screens: Live Aid Featuring Queen @ DC9, 2/5/19

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Rami Malek portrays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. (Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)

Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie, is drawing a lot of awards attention. And audiences are abuzz with its end sequence duplicating Queen’s electric performance at Live Aid. Revisit the excitement with a screening of Live Aid at DC9 on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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Music Park: The Darkness @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 10/25/15

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The Darkness: Rufus Taylor, Justin Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, and Dan Hawkins (Photo courtesy Publicity Please)

The Darkness fell upon the stage at The Fillmore Silver Spring, full of vigor and hijinks, ready to rock the night away on Sunday.

Frontman Justin Hawkins often prowled the stage like a cat, calling upon members of the audience in the very full house to sing along with the lyrics of his songs or to jump on stage and dance.

Justin ripped through one such fun number to which you can sing along — “Mudslide” from the band’s new album, Last of Our Kind, released in May of this year via Canary Dwarf. The band visited The Fillmore Silver Spring on a stop in the tour (called “Blast of Our Kind” and brought to us by L.A. music blog The Noise) in support of the album. As Justin tells us, the song “Mudslide” isn’t a metaphor or a double entendre. It’s just a song about a big natural disaster.

When it came time to call out the lines at the end of the song, Justin sought out a man in the audience in front of him. Justin tentatively offered the fellow his microphone.

“Do you have any herpes around your mouth?” Justin cried out, withdrawing his microphone.

And then after a pause, “Do you want some?”

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Don’t Miss: The Darkness @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 10/25/15

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Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Rufus Tiger Taylor, and Frankie Poullain are The Darkness. (Photo courtesy Publicity Please)

Glam metal band The Darkness are back with a new album, Last of Our Kind, produced by the band’s guitarist Dan Hawkins and released earlier this year!

If the UK glam rockers didn’t already remind us of Queen, mostly thanks to the impressive vocals of frontman Justin Hawkins (Dan’s brother), who surely could front a killer Freddie Mercury tribute, The Darkness have recruited an actual scion of Queen as their new drummer! In 2015, The Darkness have introduced Rufus Tiger Taylor, the son of legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor, as their new drummer, debuting him on tour in support of the new album.

That tour comes to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 25, where The Darkness headline a show certain to feature terrific new songs alongside old favorites. The title track to Last of Our Kind will remind you of why everyone loved The Darkness so much in the first place, as it starts out with a catchy melody and builds into a soaring glam chorus before you can blink. Justin is in great form as a true showman in the song’s official video, and you also can see Rufus Tiger join the revelries (with Indian headdress nonetheless). Everyone is just plain having fun, which is the way it should be when you listen to The Darkness.

Watch the official music video for “Last of Our Kind” by The Darkness on YouTube:

Rolling Stone said of the new album: “Their sound remains perfectly suited for the biggest stages in the world.” Clearly, The Darkness are fully back in the saddle since reuniting for their 2012 album, Hot Cakes. You’ll want to bring wear your dancing shoes and your party pants to The Fillmore on Sunday!

Tickets are available online for the cleverly named “Blast of Our Kind Tour!”

The Darkness
w/ These Raven Skies
The Fillmore (Silver Spring, Md.)
Sunday, Oct. 25
Show @8pm
$28.50
All ages