Notorious rocker, Pete Doherty alongside co-frontman Carl Barat have confirmed The Libertines are back together. Speaking to an Israeli reporter singer Pete Doherty hinted that he would be interested in reforming The Libertines and within in a matter of days Doherty, Barat, bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell signed a contract to perform to 65,000 lucky fans at London’s Hyde Park on 5th July.
Time in the indie rock quartet was never a bed of roses with band mate conflicts and wannabe bad boy, Doherty’s addiction to crack cocaine and heroine. The success The Libertines received in early 2000 was short lived when the band decided to breakup. Although The Libertines separated, Doherty and Barat went on to have relative success with their new bands Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things but arguably not as much notoriety or achievement. Now back on speaking terms, and pocketing a nice sum of half a million pounds, The Libertines are gearing up to give us a great summer.
A reunion wouldn’t be complete without hints that Pete and Carl are meeting up to discuss new songs, yes new Libertines songs and warm-up gigs are being arranged with ideas of free shows floating around, anyone have Stone Roses 2012 reunion deja vu? The Libertines have returned 14 years after their debut, Up The Bracket and are offering up their blend of outrageous anthems and possibly Doherty’s signature red military jacket.
Tickets for The Libertines biggest show to date went on sale on Friday (2nd May) with expected support acts including Maximo Park, Wolf Alice and Swim Deep. With the indie world in a spin of excitement at the return of the Can’t Stand Me Now singers residents of Hyde Park have been less than amused with the news. Complaints about noise level have already been lodged before Doherty and co. step on stage, clearly not a fan of The Libertines’ blend of raspy, dirty, dangerous rock and roll…although with a history of drugs, fights and burglary Hyde Park is sure to be an unforgettable night, or a blurry mess of indie madness.