Rock veteran Jon Bon Jovi has slammed rising stars THE DARKNESS - describing their music as "awful".

The LIVIN' ON A PRAYER singer is amazed by the huge hype that surrounds the British rock outfit because when he heard their debut album PERMISSION TO LAND, he couldn't believe his ears.

He says, "I hate them, they suck. They're trying to mimic Spinal Tap.

"I was given their album a while ago. The first time I played it, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

"I had to play it again - it was just awful."

05/02/2004 13:38