Justin Hawkins: Voice is fine now
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has said his voice is fine since he stopped his wild partying.
The 36-year-old I Believe In A Thing Called Love singer has rejoined the glam rock band and said he has found he doesn't have to look after his famous falsetto voice since he tamed his wild ways.
Justin said: "All the problems I've ever had voice-wise have been self-inflicted, and now I'm not pouring vodka into myself any more it seems to be just fine."
The band are currently working on a third album and touring the UK. Justin, who checked into rehab in 2006, said there were various reasons why he quit the band the first time round.
He said: "Drugs and alcohol is easy for people to grab hold of as a reason for splitting, and relate, but I've always felt that we should have been behaving like artists, but it got to the stage where we were doing the thing we'd loved, but instead of trying to please ourselves, we worried about maintaining what we'd achieved, and it was like a business. That wasn't just me, it was all of us, but it was just me that left.
"I walked away from a big-earning project, but there's more important things in life than money. I don't know what they are yet, so here we are again in The Darkness."
:: Details of The Darkness' forthcoming tour can be found at www.theactualdarkness.com.