The Darkness Bring The Love Back To U.S.

Earlier this year The Darkness made its return to stages across the U.K., marking the band’s first tour in nearly five years. Now the British glam rock band has announced a run of early 2012 North American dates.

The Darkness released its debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003, followed by 2005’s One Way Ticket to Hell … and Back.

In August 2006 lead singer/guitarist/pianist Justin Hawkins entered rehab for a cocaine addiction. Two months later he quit the band to focus on his treatment, prompting the band’s hiatus from touring.

The Darkness reunited to open for Def Leppard at Download Festival June 10 in Derby, United Kingdom. The performance was followed by appearances in Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. The U.K. tour began in early November and wraps up tonight in Belfast at Ulster Hall.

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Download Festival, Donington Park, Derby, UK

The North American tour kicks off Feb. 1 in Toronto at Phoenix Concert Hall. Dates are booked through a Feb. 21 show at San Francisco’s The Fillmore.

An announcement on The Darkness’ Facebook page notes that the tour is “a bit of a whistlestop, toe back in the water, type affair. so we apologise if your particular town / state is not amongst this set of dates.”

The cities The Darkness will be stopping by include Boston (Feb. 3); New York (Feb. 4); Philadelphia (Feb. 7); Washington, D.C. (Feb. 8); Detroit (Feb. 10); Chicago (Feb. 11); Minneapolis (Feb. 12); Denver (Feb. 15); Las Vegas (Feb. 17); Phoenix (Feb. 18); and West Hollywood, Calif. (Feb. 19).

According to the band’s Twitter page, fans will want to like The Darkness’ Facebook page to get first dibs on tickets.

A pre-sale for the Toronto show begins Thursday. Select U.S. dates go on sale beginning Friday.

For more information, click here for The Darkness’ website, here for the band’s Facebook page and here for its official Twitter page.