Sorry for the somewhat misleading headline…although Pete Dohertyisstill convinced a reunion “is going to happen,” so…
But what we have here is some cool 2004 studio footage of the Libertines and Mick Jones recording “The Man Who Would Be King.” According to the NME, “The footage is set to be used in an upcoming film about the band called ‘The Road To Albion’,” currently in post-production and due to be finished in November.
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.
We’ve been gaga for all things Libertines for a long time now. To the point of being apologists for that degenerate druggy, Pete Doherty. So, it’s with mixed feelings that we approach the news that ex-Libertine Carl Barat‘s band, Dirty Pretty Things, is no more. Their debut album was solid (if not mind blowing or as reckless as the Libs) and live they killed. The rumor will surely ramp up now putting Pete and Carl back together again, but for now let’s bid a fond farewell to DPT. Godspeed, boys!
The title’s not a call to action but a statement of fact: Pete’s free today, having served 29 days of a 14-week jail sentence for breaking probation. And from the sounds of it, prison life has it’s ups and downs when you’re Pete Doherty.
“I got trouble from the start, from the inmates and the guards, mainly shouting at night really,” Pete told the NME. “Some people were saying ‘Keep your head down’, the other half were saying ‘Keep your chin up’. So I was a bit like a nodding dog – I didn’t know whether to keep my chin up or keep my head down. It was 18-day early release – I can’t complain really.”
Doherty also claims to have been drug free during his time in the Joint.
“I managed to stay clean. I got my certificate. I was going to Sellotape it to the wall, but they wouldn’t give me any Sellotape,” he said. “Did I take heroin inside? Complete rubbish.”
Still, Pete’s upbeat. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty and Dirty Pretty Things’ Carl Barat – formerly bandmates in The Libertines – will begin writing a musical together next week (March 10), for a new show scheduled to begin in early 2009.
Barat told NME.COM last November that he had been approached about writing a musical with Doherty. He has since explained to the Sunday Mirror that he and his old pal have since been commissioned by London’s Donmar Warehouse theatre, based in Covent Garden, to work on the project.
The play, apparently, is a “drama about the struggles of an up and coming rock band.” I’m pretty sure Pete and Carl already wrote that story, and it’s documented on their eponymous sophomore album, The Libertines. Unfortunately, we already know how it ends: “Can’t Stand Me Now” and “What Became of the Likely Lads?”
Just in time to cash in on the upcoming Babyshambles release, but a shy too late to live in the glow of this summer’s hysteria surrounding a Libertines reunion that has yet to materialize, Rough Trade is releasing a Libertines best-of collection. Set for release December 4, Time For Heroes – The Best Of The Libertines features 13 songs, including their debut single, “What A Waster” as well as B-sides “Mayday” and a re-recorded “Death On The Stairs,” which are available for the first time.
It picks up the story when Prisoner LL5217 steps out of Wandsworth Prison to be met by one Carl Barat, they hadn’t seen each other for six months after the little matter of the burglary of Carl’s flat by Pete…
Ex-Libertines bandmates Pete Doherty and Carl Barat are reportedly recording a version of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” for a BBC2 special. According to the NME, the radio station has gathered a whole host of artists to record the album, which was relased 40 years ago this month.