Posted: 28 July, 2015
The pieces to the mystery are coming together
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FRANKIE Poullain, the frizzy-haired bass player for The Darkness, says there was more to the British pomp-rockers' 2013 Australian tour cancellation than the band said at the time.
The flamboyant foursome was to hit Oz with Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Famers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts but pulled out because of "complications" regarding drummer Ed Graham's troublesome hip.
Graham has since parted ways with the Darkness with "health problems" again given as the reason. But speaking to Triple M's Steve Mascord on his podcast, White Line Fever, Paullain says: "Unfortunately Ed kept falling off the wagon.
"Ed Graham, he had health issues and attitude problems. Sadly we gave him many chances and we just couldn't continue in the same way. We needed a new drummer."
(The Darkness playing Aussie Music Awards in 2006 Photo: Getty)
Graham was replace for the recording of current LP Last Of Our Kind by Emily Dolan Davies, who in turn has been replaced by Rufus Taylor, son of Queen's Roger Taylor - who flew back from Australia to meet the band and play with them for the first time that very night.
But hip or not, Graham wasn't the sole reason for the 2013 cancellation anyway, according to Poullain. Dates are not yet announced but the "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" stars will be back Down Under this November.
"It was nightmare, actually," said Poullain. "It wasn't just because of Ed, there was a rogue promoter as well. The whole thing was a clusterf***. It had really bad energy to it. Every part of it, stuff went wrong - on the band front and logistics as well.
"It was a bad time for us and we felt so bad about doing it to our fans, them suffering like that, leaving them in the lurch. It was awful.
"Here we are, a year and a half - maybe two years later - and it's crazy. We've only been to Australia once since the comeback in 2011. We're so pleased (to be coming back) because this time it includes Perth as well. We've never been to Perth."
On the same episode of WLF, The Angels' David Gleeson reveals the giant French Festival the legendary Oz Rockers have been invited to next year.
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