Pete Dohertyreveals to the NME that the Libertines have received multiple offers worth millions of pounds to reunite for British festivals but that co-leader Carl Barat has nixed them all.
“We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading,” he said. “Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival. I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Let’s get the old band back together.’
Pete and Carl have been seen together on occasion and have even performed some acoustic sets in recent months so what’s the problem? Pete says it’s personal.
“He (Barat) said, ‘We have to be friends, we can’t just do it for the money’. I said, ‘OK, let’s be friends! Friends who go and make lots of money’, because I haven’t got any money and I know he’s skint.
…and then it gets weird, even for Pete Doherty.
“He said I had to go and see an energy consultant, some new age guru who is going to measure my energy levels and see if I’m surrounded by darkness.
Sounds like one of those Scientology exams. Have we lost Carl too?
The NME claims to have the first copy of Pete Doherty‘s as-yet-unnamed solo album and they’ve posted details of what’s inside. What does it sound like? “Well, like Gorillaz. And The Coral. And The La’s. And Blur. And Bob Dylan.” OK.
The album apparently features a lot of work from the recently reunited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and veers from plaintive acoustic ballads and musings on what it is to be British, to “Gorrillaz-esque” dance and drone numbers. Production credit goes to Stephen Street and the album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, according to Spin.
The album is currently slated to drop on March 9 in the UK with no US release date yet scheduled.
Pete Doherty is going back to the slammer. Judge Davinder Lachar handed him a 14 week sentence at a court hearing in west London for violating his parole and using drugs. Doherty had been given a suspended sentence last October for possession of illegal drugs and driving illegally. It appears he was unable to meet the terms of that suspension and is now going back to the joint.
This means Pete will have to postpone his solo Royal Albert Hall appearance this month, which would have been his biggest solo show to date. The sentence could also conflict with a scheduled appearance by Babyshambles at the Glastonbury Festival, but according to the BBC, under current rules, Doherty is likely to serve around a month of his time.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek said: “As far as I see it I hope we can really look positively on this and when he comes out he can learn from the mistakes he’s made and we can persevere with the path that Babyshambles was treading before.”
I don’t know how much Pete learns from his mistakes. He’s been in and out of rehab and court for years now, the most serious case being when in 2003 he busted into former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat’s flat and stole a bunch of his shit. Pete was sentenced to six months in the pokey for that, but it was reduced to two months on appeal.
Let the onslaught of puritanical haters begin!
Coincidentally, Babyshambles has a new video online today.
Spare the rod, spoil the child. That’s what they say. An inch of tough love can go a mile if it’s indeed coming from a place of love. It seems producer Stephen Street got ahold of Pete Doherty and shook the shit out of him, and the result is a decent album from one of rock’s most poetic and broken performers.
This summer’s NMEs were rife with reports of battles between Doherty and Street. Both parties gave their stories with Street telling the British music tabloid that he had to tell Doherty to “sort himself out” or he couldn’t work with him. Doherty, for his part, said the sessions were grueling and not at all how his band was used to working, which one can assume meant there weren’t piles of coke and leggy models around to distract the band and befuddle the producer.
“Sometimes I had to sit down with Pete and have really good heart-to-hearts with him to get through all of [the distractions] and connect with the real musician and artist that’s underneath,” Street told the NME in August. “I wanted to prove to those people that he can make a decent record.”
Pete gets his shit together enough to record a good single. Representatives deny that producer Stephen Street was forced to bring a gun into the studio to keep him in line, and to scare away the pushers…
Like so many great British bands, the allure of the Libertines was found in the complex and complicated relationship of its frontmen, Carl Barat and Pete Doherty. There was a playful, innocent, yet dangerous and volatile energy that surrounded the two and translated into cheeky lyrics and unabashed performance. Their relationship was as important to the band as the songs they wrote.