Days of excess over for 'The Darkness'

The Darkness used to have three lines of cocaine ready for each of them before going onstage.

The Darkness used to have three lines of cocaine ready for each of them before going onstage.

The 'Growing on Me' rockers imploded in 2006 due to their drug use and partying, and looking back now they understand how out of control their tours had become.

Talking about their cocaine use on their final tour, guitarist Dan Hawkins said: "I'm not going to lie to you, it was the most debauched fun I've ever had.

"[We had a] Pre-Show Line, Mid-Show Line and After Show-Line. That would be in various holding places, sometimes in a tent behind the stage; usually the same area where costume changes happened.

"Then we'd just get hammered until four or five in the morning and drag ourselves to the next venue with raging hangovers."

Lead singer Justin Hawkins would often turn up to concerts having not slept at all after staying out partying all night.

He said: "If I'd had carried on the way I was going there's no question that I would be dead. When you're a fat guy doing loads of coke, the thing that stops is your heart, isn't it?"

The band - which also includes Ed Graham and Frankie Poullain - reunited in 2011 and have cleaned up their act, which is reflected in their tour rider.

Dan added: "We always used to have a bottle of champagne each in our dressing room, now we demand four perfectly ripe avocados."

The 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' group are supporting Lady Gaga across Europe in September and will release new album 'Hot Cakes' on August 20.

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