​World-famous rock band The Darkness visit Truro to buy a guitar to throw into the sea

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A world-famous rock band descended on Truro this week in full rock star dress to buy a guitar … to throw into the sea.

It’s not every day you see The Darkness pull up on a Cornish street in an Audi – with flamboyant frontman Justin Hawkins and equally distinctive bassist Frankie Poullain stepping out to pop into a shop.

However, that’s exactly what happened when the band – who have had massive hits with the likes of I Believe In A Thing Called Love and One Way Ticket – visited City Music in Calenick Street on Monday.

Martin Phillips, who works in the store, which sells a wide range of instruments, told Cornwall Live: “Guitarist Dan Hawkins was the guy I dealt with and he’s a super nice guy, we got on great. I didn’t know who he was until it got to the point of writing his warranty out.

“We had a laugh as they were throwing the guitar into the sea, so obviously after that there would be no warranty.”

Justin and Dan Hawkins, and Frankie Poullain of The Darkness with, second left, Martin Phillips of City Music.

“We had a youth group here filming some of their members playing instruments for their website and the guys from The Darkness were really complimentary of them which was great.

“They were dressed exactly as you’d see on a music video. Justin was friendly but quiet. Dan and I sorted the guitar sale.”

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Justin Hawkins and Rufus Tiger Taylor in action.

It is thought the band are staying at Queen drummer Roger Taylor’s home at Helford, near Falmouth. Taylor’s son Rufus Tiger Taylor is The Darkness’ drummer.

The sea-bound guitar is all part of a documentary the band are making about life in the band.

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Their website states: “World class photographer and film maker Simon Emmett and his team are creating an independent documentary film about the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the tragedies and triumphs of a little band from Lowestoft.

“The cameras have been following and filming The Darkness since 2015 and are also compiling loads of archival footage, interviews, fan stories and more for this epic.”

The band release their fifth album, Pinewood Smile, later this year.


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