UK glam-rock outfit The Darkness will need a new lead singer, thanks to now-departed, lead-screamer Justin Hawkin’s slight affection for the nose candy. Justin started taking coke at the same time “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” started sweeping nostalgic-for-Def Leppard fans off of their feet in ’02, and the degree of his habit was directly proportional to the angle of their dangle to fame. As the pressures mounted, he turned to the breakfast of champions: coke and vodka. He tells The Sun:
I hit absolute rock bottom. I spent over £150,000 on cocaine in three years ? a frightening amount. I was consuming up to five grams a day which cost me £1,000 a week, sometimes more … I regularly used to stay up for four days at a time on coke and alcohol binges.
That’s $1,857.84 a week, $278,671.26 over three years. The band will carry on, and we wish them luck in finding a suitably spandex-loving, caterwalling lead man who is coke free. Can’t say we fell in love with the second record, but we believe “I Believe” has aged unexpectedly well.