Roger Taylor’s son Rufus Taylor has been appointed as new drummer for The Darkness just a few week after the band’s new drummer Emily Davies made her first live appearance with the band.
Emily Dolan Davies became the new drummer for The Darkness after the departure of founding member Ed Graham. She will be heard on the new album ‘Last Of Our Kind’ due in June.
Emily only played her first gig with The Darkness on March 5, 2015.
— Emily Dolan Davies (@Emilydrums) March 4, 2015
Then on April 24 she posted at her official website:
“I’m sad to report that I have parted ways with The Darkness…
It was a very fun period, that I will always look fondly upon, and also being a part of ‘Last Of Our Kind’ was a huge privilege. I’m really looking forward to everyone hearing the album!
All the best lads and i’ll see you on the circuit no doubt”.
The Darkness made the news of Taylor’s appointment official on April 25 in a post at their Facebook site confirming that Rufus Taylor had joined the band.
Rufus had been touring between 2011 and 2014 as percussionist for his father Roger Taylor’s band Queen with Adam Lambert. He was also profiled in the show when he and his dad perform ‘The Drum Battle’.
Prior to that Rufus Taylor had been stationed in the family business as the drummer in the Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’ show band in London.
The match with Taylor and The Darkness is a good fit considering the major influence for The Darkness was Queen. Lead singer Justin Hawkins has often cited Queen, Aerosmith and AC/DC as the three acts he has created the sounds of The Darkness around.
The Darkness formed in Suffolk in 2000 and had an immediate hit with ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.
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