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Stone Gods' Waterfront gig

PUBLISHED: 14:17 26 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:33 05 July 2010

THEY had platinum selling albums, BRIT Awards, Kerrang! Awards and a world tour under their belt, but when lead singer Justin Hawkins quit The Darkness, the remaining members were staring premature retirement in the face.

THEY had platinum selling albums, BRIT Awards, Kerrang! Awards and a world tour under their belt, but when lead singer Justin Hawkins quit The Darkness, the remaining members were staring premature retirement in the face.

Unperturbed by the whole event, ex-Kirkley High School students Dan Hawkins and Ed Graham, together with Richie Edwards are back just one and a half years later - and this time they have vowed to learn from past mistakes.

In fact the road to recovery actually started less than an hour after the trio lost their flamboyant front man as Dan Hawkins decided to continue their musical odyssey.

Darkness bassist Richie Edwards stepped forward to fill the vocal void left by Justin and, with the addition of Toby MacFarlaine on bass, the Stone Gods were formed.

Together they are an entirely tougher, edgier and heavier outfit than their former band, mixing heavy metal anthems, radio-rock and ballads.

To celebrate their new incarnation the band are currently in the middle of a UK tour and they are due to round it off at The Waterfront in Norwich this Wednesday.

They are also releasing an EP entitled Burn the Witch next month, with an album set to follow in the summer.

A limited number of tickets are still available for Wednesday's gig and can be bought on 01603 508050 or from the UEA website.

For more information on the band visit www.stonegods.co.uk

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