Black Stone Cherry and The Darkness join forces for UK arena tour

Legendary Kentucky-based group Black Stone Cherry will join The Darkness for a UK arena tour in early 2023, with tickets on sale from 10 AM Friday, 24 June. MetalTalk’s Paul Monkhouse spoke with both bands yesterday, and we will reveal their thoughts and hopes over the next two days.

The seven-date tour begins in Cardiff on 28 January 2023 and runs to London’s Wembley Arena on 4 February. Tickets will be on sale at


28jan7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - CardiffMotorpoint Arena

29jan7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - LiverpoolBank Arena

30jan7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - GlasgowOVO Arena

31jan7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - BirminghamResorts World Arena


02feb7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - ManchesterAO Arena

03feb7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - LeedsFirst Direct Arena

04feb7:00 pmBlack Stone Cherry, The Darkness - LondonWembley Arena

“Legend tells of a night, some ten or more years ago, upon which The Darkness and Black Stone Cherry serenaded the nocturnal creatures of Thetford Forest,” Justin Hawkins says, “receiving generally favourable reviews in the woodland press. Like the owls and squirrels of that fabled evening, we give to you an opportunity to stand beaks and mouths agape in awe and wonder at the awesome power of power chords played by the very same fingers, but within the convenient shelter of an arena instead of in a moon-dappled forest clearing.

The Darkness
The Darkness. Photo: Steve Ritchie/MetalTalk

“There may be some seating, so you won’t have to sit on toadstools. Also, modern flushing toilet facilities, not just tree trunks and bushes. Remember what the Thetford fauna say – ‘The music of Black Stone Cherry and The Darkness is TREEmendous, and Never LEAVES you.'”

Black Stone Cherry release their Live From The Royal Albert Hall… Y’All performance this friday. “The rock n’ roll history books will tell you that on a summer’s night in 2012,” Black Stone Cherry says, “tucked way back in the English countryside, two bands from different parts of the world came together to bring people a night of high energy, pedal to the Metal, in your face unscripted rock ‘n’ roll.

“A bond was formed that could only have been blessed by the wizards of said forest. While discussing each other’s outfits and stage moves, a tour was spoken of, put into the galaxy if you will, and now we are honoured to say the stars have finally aligned, and we will be joining forces with The Darkness for what will be the UK’s most exciting tour of the season!

“We absolutely cannot wait to create more magic and release the lightning that both bands caught in a bottle so many years ago. Grab your friends, grab your family, but hold on to your asses because this tour is going to ROCK!”

Black Stone Cherry will join The Darkness for a UK arena tour in early 2023,
Black Stone Cherry, The Darkness. UK Arena Tour


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