The Darkness brought the Permission to Land 20th Anniversary Tour to Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ on Saturday with support from Paris Monster. The beloved British rockers delivered an over-the-top performance commemorating the 20th anniversary of the band’s multi-platinum-selling debut album, Permission to Land.

The band played all of the songs from the album, including hits like “Growing on Me”, “Friday Night”, and “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”, plus B-sides and bonus tracks featured on the recent Permission to Land…Again re-issue. The flamboyant foursome also included a cover of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”.

Other highlights included amusing banter from the ever-entertaining Justin Hawkins, including discussions with the crowd about the origins of Buffalo wings and the “great manners” people have in NJ, as well as a guest appearance by the band’s guitar techs and instrument switching during the encore that saw guitarist Dan Hawkins on drums, bassist Frankie Poullain on acoustic guitar, drummer Rufus Taylor on bass, and guitar tech Softy, who at one point paraded Justin Hawkins through the crowd on his shoulders, on Mellotron.

Click below to view a gallery of photos from The Darkness at Starland Ballroom courtesy of photographer Ken Spielman, plus fan-shot videos of The Darkness and Paris Monster’s opening set from YouTube user The Shadow. The Darkness finished the U.S. leg of its Permission to Land 20th Anniversary Tour in Washington, D.C. on Sunday but has upcoming international tour dates in Europe, New Zealand, and Japan. For a full list of shows and ticketing details, visit the band’s website.

The Darkness – “Black Shuck” – 10/21/23

The Darkness – “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” – 10/21/23

The Darkness – “Growing On Me” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “What Have You Done For Me Lately” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Had Damon Caught His Sloan” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Grandma” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Ape” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Hot Canyon Air” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Andalusia” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “Laugh It Off” – 10/21/23

Paris Monster – “The Unclean” – 10/21/23

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Setlist: The Darkness | Starland Ballroom | Sayreville, NJ | 10/21/23

Set: Black Shuck, Get Your Hands Off My Woman, Growing on Me, The Best of Me, Makin’ Out, Givin’ Up, Love Is Only a Feeling, Curse of the Tollund Man, Stuck in a Rut, How Dare You Call This Love?, Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead), Holding My Own, Friday Night, I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Encore: I Love You 5 Times (Justin on vocals, Dan on drums, Rufus on bass, Frankie on acoustic guitar, Softy on Mellotron), Love on the Rocks With No Ice