The Darkness’ founder, lead singer, and lead guitarist is English musician, Internet celebrity, singer, and songwriter Justin David Hawkins. Additionally, he plays guitar and sings lead for the 2008-founded band Hot Leg, which is now on hiatus.
Hawkins debuted his “Justin Hawkins Rides Again” YouTube channel in 2021, where he analyzes songs, offers commentary on the music business, and responds to fan inquiries.
The channel had 440,000 subscribers as of July 2023. Hawkins has written in-depth analyses of a wide range of songs and performers, including, among others, Greta Van Fleet, Maroon 5, My Chemical Romance, Disturbed, Metallica, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Slipknot.
What happened between Justin Hawkins and Brian Johnson?
Some keyboard warriors chastised Hawkins for the mic grab, forcing the frontman to explain that Johnson asked him to come on stage at the last minute. “10 seconds before the AC/DC section Brian told me to get up for the second verse of BIB,” Hawkins tweeted at the time.