Words & Photos by Michael Campanile

April 30, 2022

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On a beautiful spring evening in Asbury Park, British rockers The Darkness brought their North American tour to a packed house at The Asbury Lanes.

Nashville-based The Dead Deads amped up the crowd with their raw punk metal grunge rock sound to open the show. The all female trio’s set featured a number of songs from their recent album, Tell Your Girls Its Alright, and included a cover of Pink Floyd’s “In the Flesh/Push Me”.

The Darkness followed with an amazing 16-song set of new, old, and older songs. Lead singer Justin Hawkins’ high voltage energy and brooding voice kept the crowd moving all night long. The band started with “Welcome Tae Glasgae” from Motorheart and played songs from all seven of their studio albums including fan favorites “One Way Ticket,” “Solid Gold,” “Friday Night,” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman.”

To start the encore, Frankie Poullain performed a very unique solo, turning his bass guitar into a bass synthesizer without even strumming a single cord. The rest of the band returned to the stage to close out the night with their biggest hit, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” with the crowd bouncing until the final note. It was a fun night of loud rock and roll where both the bands and the crowd enjoyed every minute. The tour wrapped up two nights later in Boston and The Darkness heads back to Europe for a number of summer festival dates.

The Darkness Setlist: Welcome Tae Glasgae | One Way Ticket | Growing on Me | Motorheart | Open Fire | Solid Gold | Givin’ Up | It’s Love, Jim | Black Shuck | Heart Explodes | Friday Night | Love Is Only a Feeling | Japanese Prisoner of Love | Barbarian | Get Your Hands Off My Woman | I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Dead Deads Setlist: Thinkers and Preyers | Ghosts | Deal with Me | Dead Inside | In The Flesh/Push Me (Pink Floyd cover) | Out of the Sky|In for Blood | Nope



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Michael is an Asbury Park based photographer of what life puts in front of him. He snuck his camera into a concert for the first time in 2011 when he went to see Soundgarden on their reunion tour. Two of those shots ended up being published in Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons to King Animal, and he has been bringing his cameras to shows ever since. He relocated to Asbury in 2019 for its rich music and art scenes...and to save on tolls! He is a big supporter of the local music scene and has become well known amongst the bands for his photos. Michael is also a regular vendor at the Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market and can be found selling his prints at a variety of local markets.

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