The Darkness

House of Blues, Feb. 17

A-grade butt-rock never sounded better. Or looked better, as falsetto-voiced, garb-changing frontman Justin Hawkins—decked in skin-tight, red-white-and-blue leathers—preened and strutted onstage like a young David Lee Roth on Bolivian marching powder. “Black Shuck” (from the quartet’s 2003 breakout debut, Permission to Land) totally killed, causing dozens in the audience to cell-cam the moment. Fans were treated to cowbell-crazed riff monster “One Way Ticket to Hell” and, after Hawkins removed his shirt and donned a top hat, acoustic ballad “Holding My Own.” But it was when the crowd carried Hawkins across the room as he continued playing lead guitar that it crystallized: Las Vegas loves these British glam rockers; and the Darkness loves this rock-hungry town right back. ★★★★☆

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Naming your band after the river of transiting souls is cool when you’re 20, but it takes on a decidedly ominous edge when you’re 60-ish and you’ve lost your drummer to alcohol abuse, your founding bassist is HIV positive and one of your defining songs is titled “Come Sail Away.” And so it was with no little sense of urgency that band founders J.Y. Young, Chuck Panozzo and early add-on rock idol Tommy Shaw took the stage.

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