Pete Doherty reveals 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?
Previously: Carl Barat on Pete Doherty; Pete Doherty + Carl Barat = TLA; Reunited… And It Feels So Good; GLONO Video with Dirty Pretty Things; What Became of the Likely Lads?; and on and on…
Now that Johnny Marr has scuttled hopes for a Smiths reunion, the NME has promptly switched gears and is focusing on The Stone Roses.
An article on NME.com quotes Roses bassist Mani as saying 2009 is the perfect time for a reunion and that ¾ of the band are ready to go. The only holdout, according to Mani, is singer Ian Brown.
“Me, John [Squire, guitarist] and Reni [drums] are up for doing it and Ian just needs some working on,” he told internet TV site Channelbee.
Apparently familiar with the NME’s power to persuade erstwhile bands to reform, Reni makes the call and seems to encourage the magazine’s efforts.
“Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album. It’s the ideal time to do it. It’s something I would love to do before we are all fat and bald. Start the campaign.”
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I’ll be damned if The NME hasn’t done it again: Blur is reuniting.
According to Billboard, the band will reform for “an open air show in London’s Hyde Park next summer.” The show is booked for July 3 and will be promoted by Live Nation, so I would bet they’re getting phat cash for this gig.
According to the article, guitarist Graham Coxon is on board for the show. Coxon quit the band in 2002. There are rumors that the band could also headline next years Glastonbury festival, but there’s been no official word.
This marks the latest in a string of bands British music tabloid The New Musical Express has pushed for reunion only to see their prodding actually work. Recent successes include the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Verve, My Bloody Valentine and the Faces most notably.
I will once again submit a formal request for the NME to focus all efforts on reuniting The Libertines. Once that is complete, we can discuss the Stone Roses and the Smiths (for shows only, no new recordings).
Damon Albarn talks to The NME:
“It just felt it was right again,” declared Albarn of Blur’s return. “It somehow feels like there’s something for us to do again, we’re not completely useless or pointless, we’ve got a reason to exist.”
Aw shit. Looks like Morrissey and the NME are at it again. Haven’t read the NME article yet (we’ll be sure to post the link as soon as it’s available), but it sounds like the same old story. I.e., “a man in his 50s looking back nostalgically on the England of his youth” interpreted, once again, as racism.
Mega-manager Merck Mercuriadis is on the case, kicking ass and taking names, as well as announcing that “Morrissey signed his new record deal with Polydor / Decca.”
Update: BBC has the offending quote (after the jump)…
Continue reading Morrissey vs. NME (round 637)