THE Darkness's frontman Justin Hawkins has seriously injured his right hand after smashing it through a window during a dramatic bust-up.
The millionaire guitarist and singer - a former Huddersfield student - was taken to hospital after defending himself in a booze-fuelled fight in London with a mystery attacker, according to reports.
Justin, 29, is believed to have been punched in the face and then stumbled into a stained glass window.
Doctors had to repair severed tendons and now the star faces months unable to play the guitar.
Last night he was said to be devastated at the thought of not being able to play in the band's legendary live shows.
He may now need to employ a stand-in guitarist for 11 dates on the sell-out winter tour as doctors monitor his progress.
A band spokesman said: "A procedure was performed to reconnect severed tendons on the back of his hand. He should retain about 90% use of the hand as long as the healing process is unhindered.
"Justin is praying he'll be able to pick his guitar up again soon."
Justin, whose falsetto vocals and classic guitar riffs have helped The Darkness sell millions with hits like I Believe In A Thing Called Love, was taken to the £600-a-night Princess Grace Hospital, near London's Harley Street, after the attack.