14 Jun 2009
Rocker JUSTIN HAWKINS' HOT LEG bandmates refuse to drink around the former THE DARKNESS frontman in a bid to aid his ongoing battle with booze.
The I Believe In A Thing Called Love hitmaker gave up drugs and alcohol at the end of his tenure with The Darkness after his substance abuse became a huge problem.
14 Jun 2009

Hot Leg

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14 Jun 2009
Former THE DARKNESS frontman JUSTIN HAWKINS was so high on drugs during one trip home to the U.K. he challenged airport customs officers to search him - an act that would have landed him in jail if they had agreed.
14 Jun 2009

Biopic of pop mogul and producer Joe Meek

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Meek’s eccentric nature meant he championed the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch (an OTT turn by the former Darkness vocalist Justin Hawkins) while rejecting teenage wannabes Rod Stewart and David Bowie. More woundingly, he dismissed a demo sent by Brian Epstein featuring the then unsigned Beatles. Addicted to amphetamines, sued by a French composer over Telstar, gay when homosexuality was still illegal, raided by Customs & Excise, Meek saw his life spin out of control. His final No 1 was with the Honeycombs’ Have I the Right? in 1964. After that, Meek, unable to develop his sound, vanished from the charts.
14 Jun 2009

Hot Leg: Into the Light

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Five years ago, Justin Hawkins was fronting the U.K.'s biggest band -- until he succumbed to the very clichés the Darkness were lampooning. Now, as he tries to kick-start Hot Leg, he's hauling his own gear, sleeping on floors, and trying not to make the same mistakes twice.

Steel Panther stride onstage around 1 A.M. at La Zona Rosa on the second night of Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest music festival. The mock-metal band's joke isn't subtle: four guys with poodle hair and spandex pants performing foul-mouthed odes to fat girls, Asian hookers, and the primacy of heavy metal.

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