by Jon Bauer
Justin Hawkins and The Darkness kicked off their “Permission To Land” 20th anniversary US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand tour at The Masonic in San Francisco. They kicked off the night by playing “Bareback” in its first performance of this song since 2016. They then played their award winning debut album by the same name as their tour, Permission To Land, in its entirety. For the encore songs, they surprised the crowd with another song that they hadn’t played live since 2016 – “I Love You 5 Times” and then ended the night with their first North American performance of “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)” What a night!