Justin Hawkins “loves gay anthems”.
The Darkness frontman insists he has no guilty pleasures and isn’t afraid to say he’s a big lover of Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
He told Classic Rock, “I don’t have any guilty pleasures. No one else will ever tell me what to listen to. Art has to be subjective. I love the great voices of the valleys: Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. I like a lot of gay anthems.”
The ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ hitmaker’s drummer is Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen stickman Roger Taylor, and he also happens to be a huge Queen fan.
Plus, the likes of the Bee Gees and Bryan Adams.
Justin, 47, said: “All four members of Queen were great songwriters. And the Bee Gees, of course!
I also like Ron Sexsmith’s songs – he’s very underrated. But the father of one of my friends
says the only thing Bryan Adams is better at than singing is songwriting. And I agree. If you want an anthemic mega-song, he’s your man.”
In fact, his favorite singer is the late Freddie Mercury.
He said: “When you’re in Queen, you never have a moment in your life where you don’t know Freddie Mercury was the greatest of all time. I was obsessed with Bon Scott and Steven Tyler, but it was all against the backdrop of undying love for Freddie.”
When it comes to guitarists, Justin likes Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits.
He said: “Mark Knopfler. He’s such an expressive player. His talent is the way he tells a story with his fingers. You never get bored with a long Mark Knopfler solo because he does so much melodic and soulful things. For that he is the best.”