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All the small things

My fellow blogger David has put up some beautiful photos and a review of DPT's last gig in his blog.

There are a few videos taken at Peter's Liverpool gig on youtube:

Carlos and his ex buddies talk to This is Swansea (after the Swansea gig, of course).

Gary Powell is doing two dj dates in Germany early next year:

  • 31.01.2009 22:00 Berlin - Diamond Lounge “WHITE NOISE CLUB”
  • 02-07-2009 23:00Cologne, Rose Club "SUPERCONNECTED"

And Didz Hammond is spinning records at the LEARNER DANCER NYE PARTY, Monto Water Rats theatre, 328 Grays Inn Road, London (next Wed, of course).

The Ficek is hitting L.A.: catch him this afternoon (allow him 8 hours of delay due to frigging time zone) at the itunes store in Santa Monica, tonight at the Spaceland, and tomorrow at the Echoplex.

One last thing: the News of The World appreciates Peter's solo album and claims it's going to be "one of the records of next year". When you think you've seen everything...


Peter in Liverpool

The good news is that Peter is fine and last night played a gig at the Liverpool Academy as expected. The bad news is that we have no photos nor videos. But our friend Properbo gave us a quick review complete with setlist:
"Pete came on whilst The Bandits were playing with two red "Libertines Jackets" and murmured down the microphone "This is the reunion of the year! Wait... is it still 2008?" before giving the jackets to the band much to everyones bemusement. Played a decent set of songs, including: Time For Heroes, Up The Bracket, What A Waster, Breck Road Lover, Last Post On The Bugle, The Ha Ha Wall, What Katie Did, Cyclops, Side Of The Road, Unstookietitled, Fuck Forever, Albion, A Message To You Rudy (and parts of another two Specials songs), What She Said, Love Me Do. Also played some new ones which I'd heard before (1939? Last Of The English Roses?) and some which I didn't recognise. Was really good, although there was quite a lot of whirlpooling going on. And it wasn't in Academy 2 as advertised, but Academy 1".


The Good Old Days (Live in Japan 2003)

Boxing Day Supervideo with my fave Libertines song.


Clash interviews Peter too


As for the solo album (we're all starting to wait for with the usual anxiety), Jake Fior made clear in a recent interview that Peter fired him and called Stephen Street back. "The reason it [the album] wasn’t completed with me" said Jake "came down to Pete wanting to take control of the project and use the same team he had for “Shotters Nation...”.

In any case, I hope your arm is getting better, you little sucker...


Carl & Co talk about the split

Interview on Clash music site (to be downloaded) with all the band, plus a gallery of pictures from the final gig, the interview and the rehearsal.
Besides, Carl is expected to turn up at Radio1 tonight at a special Christmas party with Glasvegas (from 7 to 10 pm).


Photo by MynameisKaty

OK, let's do a recap of all the things that happened in the last 48 hours, right?

Dirty Pretty Things said their last goodbye. reviews the gig and talks with Carl and Anthony (with video).
Plus, we have very beautiful photos of the gig by Tom Watkins and Mynameiskaty.

Peter's shows at the Rhythm factory are all postponed to January 8, 9 and 10. Apparently the man hurt his arm last week and could not play guitar. This is once again fron
Pete Doherty has pulled out of three nights of solo shows at London's Rhythm Factory. A spokesperson for the venue told NME.COM that Doherty called staff at the venue late last night (December 20), "at the 11th hour - just before he was due on", to say he wouldn't make it. The Babyshambles man blamed an arm injury as the cause of the cancellation. He had been due to play at the venue last night, tonight (21) and tomorrow (22). Last night's show was due to be filmed for a DVD to be released with his forthcoming new album. The trio of dates have been rescheduled for January 8, 9 and 10. Tickets for the December dates remain valid for January. For further information, see


A quick one

Enjoy DPT bangbanging themselves at the Astoria (video by gachahcag).
The Rhythm Factory was a no show.
I'm catching a flight to Italy in a few hours.
See you tomorrow!


Update on the Liverpool gig!


Pete Doherty and Friends

Academy Liverpool

11-13 Hotham Street , Liverpool

27/12/08 -

The infamous bandwagon club night returns for a one off Christmas special. The Night, which hosted the early shows of The Coral, The Zutons, The Libertines and once managed to book Noel Gallagher for an intimate acoustic set is rolling out again on the 27th December at Liverpool Academy with a special solo performance from Pete Doherty and couple of acoustic numbers from The Bandits.

The Bandwagon ran from 2001 to 2005 once a month at the Zanzibar Club and was run by The Bandits. They played everything from Blues to Hip Hop Reggae to new wave. The Bandwagon also enjoyed success abroad hosting nights in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Osaka.

Bandwagon was known for throwing up the most surprising guests so expect the unexpected.

It’s going to be a night to remember.

Tkt £16 advance available on-line or the Academy Box Office.

Something new

Peter at Bataclan on March 9 - presenting his solo album:
"Revoici Pete Doherty. Nouveau résident parisien, le chanteur britannique se plait décidément à jouer dans les salles de la Capitale. Son producteur de concerts, Alias, vient d'annoncer dans un communiqué de presse que le leader des Babyshambles et ex-Libertines sera en concert le 9 mars au Bataclan, à Paris. Les places pour cet événement sont disponibles dès le lundi 22 mars à 10H. Pete Doherty prévient ainsi le public un peu plus en avance... alors qu'il a donné le 28 novembre 2008 un concert quasi improvisé, à la Maroquinerie (à Paris). Le concert, qui avait été décidé au dernier moment, sur un coup de tête, avait été pris d'assaut par les fans.
Pete Doherty, qui a mis pour un temps de côté Babyshambles pour se consacrer une tournée solo et acoustique, devrait sortir son premier album solo en mars prochain. L'artiste a par ailleurs laissé entendre qu'il pourrait reformer les Libertines avec Carl Barat qui a quant à lui mis fin à l'aventure des Dirty Pretty Things".

The above info comes from this French site.

Another info is that Peter is playing at the O2 Academy in Liverpool on 27 December (here).

Babybear told us that Peter is doing great and nobody will be disappointed by the RF gigs.

Dirty Pretty Things played Hatfield last night, the last (rescheduled) gig before The Grand Final (tomorrow). As you know, guests of tomorrow's shindig will be Tim Burgess and The Paddingtons.

And The Mighty Carlos is expected to appear on Gonzo (MTV2) tonight.



Drew, Carlos and Kyle Boston Arms 16.12.08.

Thanks to Nearerdark! Amazing night, I feel nostalgic already!

Carl, Drew and the others

It was a funktastic night, brilliant music, the guys playing everything, intimate atmosphere, Drew over the top as usual, Carl looking in his element at last... If there's a future for those two boys, it's together. Trust me.

Former Libertine Carl Barat joined forces with Drew McConnell, Kyle Falconer and Jon 'The Revend' McLure last night (December 16) to play two Libertines songs live in north London.
The collective, with Reverend And The Makers' Richy Westley on drums, played two songs at the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park, where McConnell and McLure's side project Mongrel were hosting a gig.
Before the ensemble gathered on stage Falconer played a short solo set with just vocals and electric guitar. Then the others joined him to play The Libertines' singles 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' and 'Can't Stand Me Now'.
After the impromptu set, which had followed a short performance from McConnell's new three-piece punk band The Traitors, Mongrel played a full live show.
The set included 'Lies', 'The Menace' and 'Julian' – all songs set to feature on the band's debut album, 'Better Than Heavy', set for release in February.
Following the show McLure invited audience members to join them onstage for a jam, with Babyshambles guitarist Mik Whitnall among those who accepted the invitation.

Later with more stuff!


Proud Gallery at

Today has some gorgeous pictures taken from the Proud Gallery, two of which are Peter's. The caption of the photo above says: "Pete Doherty, photographed by John Wright. The Babyshambles frontman is a new addition to the Proud Galleries archives in 2008. Rumours of a potential Libertines reunion in 2009 have been stoked by the recent split of Dirty Pretty Things, the band fronted by Doherty's former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat".

The NME special Christmas issue (out tomorrow) has also a poster showing Peter and Carl from the famous article of Christmas 2003 (below).

Speaking of the Libertines, read this beautiful review of Up The Bracket I found in the net.

Back to the present, there's a third article talking of Peter's album coming out on 9 March. Guess what, it's French: "Selon le label EMI, le premier album solo de Pete Doherty sortira le 9 mars prochain. Parallèlement à sa carrière avec les Babyshambles, le leader a donné régulièrement des concerts solo en acoustique en 2008".


Pre-Chrissie shenanigans

Drew writes to FDW (Using Peter's account):
"Hello there ladies and germs. We're doing another "jam" night at Boston Arms opposite Tufnell Park tube on Tuesday, last bash up before Christmas shoots its load in our faces. We have a few special guests, the ever ready Kyle Falconer among the number of mongrel mates playing a wee set. Mikey Blue Eyes should be making an appearance too, and more besides. I should stress the "jam" nature of the last slot of the night as last month I don't think people quite knew what we meant- we actually want anyone and everyone to get up, grab a guitar/bass/keyboard/violin/harmonica/microphone etc and play with us. I know it sounds like it could descend into cacophony but hey...why not? a bit of noise never hurt anybody and if it doesn't make you dance at least it'll probably make you laugh. so feel free to bring an instrument or if you're a budding mc bring some bars, lets end north london's year by charging our glasses, shaking our battys and laughing a little. Thanks as always to you lot, our little tribe, our people. Come say hello if you spot my spindly frame lurking about on tuesday x drew"
Update: "The ONLY way to get into this show is by being on the free guest list. To get on the list you need to email and put in the subject line "Mongrel Soundclash". You must put the names of people you want to be on the list in the email.
Please note the list is first come first served. Just because you are on the list does not mean you will get in if the venue is already at capacity.
The night runs from 9pm until 2am. Other than that it's what Drew said".

Plus! Another French site gives the date of March 9th for the release of Peter's album, also hinting at a series of gigs at the Hexagone around the same time (here). I guess the French seem to know more about it cause the album was partly done over there. Whatever. It's great to have a release date no matter what.



Help "The Road to Albion"

Well, I'd do anything to see this movie finshed. But apparently the production is still under the weather and now the film is expected to be done in spring 2009. So, Annabelle is posting this in various Libertines related places: "Pictures of Peter as limited edition prints for sale for first time! There are also great pictures of Shane Mac Gowan and Carl. They can be delivered in time for Christmas and with beautiful gift boxes. think of". The site where you can see (and buy) the photos is the same where the film trailer was... before being withdrawn. It seems "Peter has an active role in The road to Albion movie. The sells will help to finish the movie".
Of course, even if the trailer was removed from the site, we've still got it (thanks to Laurastwelve). And it still looks awesome.


Something about the Round Chapel event

Photo by Anjali

The best report comes from our friend Alice (here). Apart from Dirty Pretty Things, the other musicians involved were Billy Bragg, Jon McClure, Kieran Leonard, Mick Jones and Drew. We also have some very beautiful photos of the event, from Anjali, Parfait Amour (you fancy Drusillo too, dontcha?) and David Wala. I couldn't find any articles in the press. Of course, X Factor looks much more appealing...


Peter makes up for Tuesday night

Excellent show, all the Shambles up for the ride, nearly one hour and half of great music. Can you ask for more? Yes, I ask things like Tuesday's gig don't happen anymore. Peter is not in an easy position at the moment, a lot of his old fans seem to have moved on, and new fans are often confused by his behavior. Guerrilla gigs are great when they are friendly, low budget affairs, not when people have to fork out 20 quid to see someone doing a walkabout, spinning a few scratched vinyls and speeding off to enjoy his fast earned money. On the contrary, last night gig was again one of those things for which you fell in love with Peter many years ago. Adam sums the night up in his blog: "Much better this time, we played a good set and it was far more together so I’m happy, although I have somehow managed to damage my leg muscle, it feels a little numb". So, I think we all agree this time, OK? Peace.

I have no news yet about the Jail Guitar Doors feast, I only know that Drew was there before joining the rest of the Shambles at 126.

It seems there's a tentative date for the release of Peter's album, and it's March 9. The info comes from France, and particularly here (in case you know something about it, Adrian, please give a little sign).

Of course, guys, take all this info with caution. The German dates (in May 2009) I gave you a few days ago are not confirmed at all, and Adrian is very doubtful about them. When anything is confirmed I always say "it's officially confirmed". Otherwise, it's to be taken as a vulgar rumor.


Guerrilla gig at 126 tonight!

Hoping Peter will take it more seriously than the other night...

"same as Tuesday, shambles antics from 9pm, see you later

x" (Dropper)

Plus! I hate the NME polls but here we are voting Bilo and Biggles as best songwriting partners , so get your fingers working (ahem) here.

And! DPT are playing Hackney Chapel tonight. Drew will be there as well. So if you don't feel like seeing Pizza move your ass to Hackney.


All the Shambles at 126

Photo by ProperBo

Mik, Drew and Adam joined Peter last night at his Commercial Road gig (plus Kyle Falconer, who sang Sedative). Peter wandered in and out (mostly out though), played the usual "solo" stuff and then let the band keep playing while he interacted with fans and friends backstage. Highlight of the night was "The man who came to stay". Drew (short hair and nail polish) took lead vocals on "Ocean". We have very beautiful photos by Joshua (who didn't like the gig at all!). I'm not too sure about it... if he does something like this at the Rhythm Factory people will chop his head off, but since it was at the old Commie Road I think I can take it.

Speaking of the RF gig on the 20th, it seems earlier that night Peter will play with Chas and Dave at the Tap'n'Tin. Tickets are at £30 (here). This is fucking weird, but if Peter happens to be on a good day he can surely make it.


Peter will play two NME Awards Shows

Peter Doherty has joined the line-up for the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows next year with shows in both London and Glasgow. The former Libertine will play a solo show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on February 22, before hitting Glasgow Barrowlands on the 24th. To check the availability of Peter Doherty tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.


Back to 126?

The mysterious Dropper strikes again (on FDW):

126 Club Tuesday 9th December doors 9pm
£20 entry
expect some pete solo and dj heavyhorse antics x

Can't tell you more, sorry. I hope it will go ahead.

Dirty Pretty Things: The Swan Song

Don't laugh, this time it's for real. From the band's official site:

Dirty Pretty Things will be performing their final show on Saturday 20th December at the Astoria 2 (formally LA2) in London. Tickets will be available from Wednesday 10th December direct from the venue.


The truth about The Who party?

Babyshambles are set to be joined by The Who's Roger Daltrey for a one-off gig next January. The band will team up with the singer at the Bristol Academy on January 12. Daltrey originally met Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty in July at the funeral of Daniel Squires, a 16-year-old cancer sufferer who had struck up a friendship with the former Libertine. Doherty performed a song at Squires' wake, and Daltrey was so impressed with his voice that he insisted that they team up for the gig. Proceeds for the gig will go towards Moonfest - the festival which Babyshambles were banned from playing at earlier this year. Organisers hope to put on the bash in 2009. Tickets for the gig are on sale now.
So I understand it's Roger joining Babyshambles rather than Peter joining The Who, right? Well, that's a totally different matter then.
Anyway, the postponed German dates seem to be set in May 2009.
The dates are now as follows (allegedly):
  • Wednesday 6 May 2009 Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Thursday 7 May 2009 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Friday 8 May 2009 Arena Leipzig, Germany
  • Saturday 9 May 2009 Arena Berlin, Germany
No news about the Italian and Swiss dates. But May is such a long time...


Little men what now?

It’s been quite an eventful year for our heroes. New songs, lots of gigs, side projects, collaborations, so many exciting things to talk about. But also many downers, break ups, fights, law trouble, illness and discontent. But once again, has it ever been any different with Peter and Carl?
No, of course.
As 2008 is quickly wrapping up, let’s have a look at the state of the nation.

Peter, the Handsome Devil
In 2008, Peter has endured a pleasant sojourn in HRH’s gaol, some missed gigs and some missed trains (just to remind everyone who He is!), some redtops assaults, some fights with the most detestable elements of his fanbase, and also with his entourage. But the guerrilla gigs (sort of) have come back with a vengeance and Peter’s improvised appearances in the most unlikely places (and at the most unlikely hours!) have probably represented the highlights of this year. Products? None, if you don’t count a handful of bizarre homemade videos, and the much anticipated solo album, which is still… under construction. All in all, it’s not been a bad year for Bilo. The last photos show him in a goodish form, and 2009 looks like a promising time.

Carlos, the Boy With The Thorn in His Side
In 2008, Carl Barat has endured the breakup of his band, another more private breakup, two hospitalizations, an impressive weight loss, dubious reviews and a tremendous commercial flop. Talk about a crap year… Products? “Romance at Short Notice” (CD), “Tired of England” (single) and “Telstar” (movie). Highs? The Glastonbury “solo” adventure. Lows? All the rest. They say your art gets better when your life goes downhill. If that’s true (and I tend to believe it is), in 2009 Carl will be releasing his masterpiece. Alone, of course. Or…

The Others
No, not the (amazing) Nicole Kidman movie. The others are:

Drusillo McConnell. The old Deer Eyes is as active as ever. On political and musical front. His band Helsinki played some gigs for LMHR and other anti BNP organizations, and his new band Mongrel is on the rise. Plus, another project is looming, The Bottletop Band (with Carl), and of course his daytime job with Babyshambles is still dominant. He’s also shagged Antonia Campbell Hughes and written tunes for BBC shows! Can you ask for more?

The Sweet Adam. The Ficek has had a great year too! He’s ventured outside his cocoon (i.e. Babyshambles) and started his project “Roses Kings Castles”, playing numerous gigs inside and outside UK. He’s even planning some dates in US! Products? An album, "Roses, Kings, Castles", and 3 singles. The last one, “Horses” has just been released. The NME slagged it off. Do we care? No! We love Adamski!

Mik Whitnall. How was his 2008? Ahem nearly as crap as Carl’s. A court hearing is waiting for him in a few days, and he’s lost his temper once too many. He’s also had some trouble in his private life, and maybe hanging with Miss Amy was not a good move at all, Mikster. We wanna see you back on form, OK?

GAAAAARRRRRRRYYYY!!! The nicest man alive might have lost his daytime job but he’s still as jolly as ever. Maybe the greatest link between the post-Libertines gang and the fans, he’s done his best to communicate his feelings to the disgruntled buffs after DPT’s demise, even popping up at the band’s official forum numerous times, trying to listen to everyone’s opinion and keeping his cool. A parallel career in the record spinning department provided some pleasant nights around the country, and will probably constitute his dominant activity in the next year. Unless…

Didz Hammond. DPT’s bass player has managed to put on a brave face in front of the band’s collapse, and he’s kept his discontent under control. It must not have been easy. He saved the day with many appearances as a DJ (with Carlos or alone) and it seems he knows how to make people dance off their bloody feet! He’ll probably keep doing that in 2009 as well, unless a Cooper Temple Clause reunion is on the cards, which would not be bad at all.

Anthony “Stan” Rossomando. Ach. Coming third in the crap year chart. The handsome axeman missed some gigs, was unable to control his temper at DPT’s breakdown, he also suffered trouble in his private household and sought solace in various delightful substances. He also had his mobile nicked, poor love! The songs penned by him (Chinese Dogs and Faultlines) were good but could do nothing to avoid the record’s commercial debacle. He’s probably going to do some production work in the new year, but we’d like to see him on a stage again every now and then.

John Hassall! He’s done well, hasn’t he? The record was not a great success but the single was on a high rotation on MTV2, and the gigs had a good reception. He’s also played with Drew lately and popped up to see DPT a few times. We didn’t forget you Johnny…

Libertines-wish. Has it disappeared? No, it’s stronger than ever, sometimes verging on Libertines-craving. Carl and Peter has seen each other quite often but most on a private level. Many dedications to each other from the stage happened. Some mournful calls in the press did not pass unnoticed. A very small impromptu reunion occurred in September. A recently missed Parisian chance is still making us nervous. But we have patience, you know, Bilo and Biggles? You’ve suffered jail, illness and breakups? Ha. We’ve suffered the Libertines absence for another year.

Drew McConnell - Tragic

Thanks to Arturo for finding this!
Drew wrote this track "Tragic" for Jack Dee's sitcom "Lead Balloon". Jack Dee said they got "lucky with that one" (Drew writing it for them), and said he'd like to explore the two characters in the program writing more material, so that may mean Drew penning some more amusing ditties for the Beeb.
The song is sung by the beautiful Antonia Campbell Hughes (who plays Sam in Lead Balloon). Enjoy!


2009 live dates beckoning

Babyshambles + Roger "Behind Blue Eyes" Daltrey - Bristol O2 Academy - 12 January. Tickets here.

Plus! Pete Doherty - Glasgow Barrowlands - 24 February. Tickets here.

Of course we already know about Carl Barat's American adventure.

Got a feeling 2009 is going to be a good year especially if you and me see it in together!


Horses video

While we are waiting for more Parisian news why don't we enjoy the video of Adam's first single "Horses"?
Thanks a lot Ficek!


Supports for RF announced

Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road:


21 December

22 December

Plus! Tonight at The Lock Tavern (35 Chalk Farm Road):
Clash Magazine Party with:
4pm-6pm: Clash Mag Djs
6pm: Sam Isaac
7.30pm: Roses Kings Castles
9pm: Department of Eagles


More from yesterday

Photo by Melchior-Ferradou

  • Review from (in French).
  • Photos by Anjali on Flickr.
  • More photos by Melchior-Ferradou.
  • And by Rod Le-Hiboo.
  • If you read The Ficek's last entry, it says: "A quick phone call to our man in Paris, informed him that I’m coming over to see him next week (I’m playing a few shows - LeTruskel on Weds, just waiting for Tues confirmation)". I understand Peter will stay in Paris next week too.
  • The show is almost entirely on Youtube now.

Peter at La Maroquinerie

Photo by Oliver Peel

Setlist by Oliver Peel from his blog (in German).
01: Alone again or (love) - 02: Beg, Steal Or Borrow - 03: New Love Grows On Trees - 04: East Of Eden - 05: Down In Albion - 06: My White City Girl - 07: Palace of bone - 08: What A Waster (Libertines) - 09: My Darling Clementine - 10: Dilly Boy - 11: Good Old Days (Libertines) - 12: Don't Look Back Into The Sun (Libertines) - 13: Fuck Forever (Babyshambles) - 14: Death On The Stairs (Libertines) - 15: Last Post On The Bugle - 16: Unbilo Titled (Babyshambles) - 17: For Lovers (Doherty + Wolfman) - 18: La Belle et La Bête (Babyshambles) - 19: Back From The Dead (Babyshambles) - 20: Time For Heroes (Libertines) - 21: Can't Stand Me Now (Libertines) - 22: You Used To Be My Friend (+ Wolfman) - 23: There She Goes (The La's Cover).

Review and photos from Angelo Misterioso's blog.

Fuck Forever video.


German dates postponed?

It looks like that at the end of the day. This dodgy babelfish translation comes from German site "Laut"
"Does he come, does come he not? The question before a route of the Babyshambles remains always the same. Unfortunately also we must more frequently put in defeats there as Präsentator. As in this case: For December 2008 the set tour data in Germany are moved according to organizer on 2009. Reason: " The substantial obligations before for release of the debut solo album of Pete Doherty at the beginning of 2009 made the new setting of these data necessary. To that volume the incommodities for the fans suffering do, look forward however likewise to the Germany data lining up soon. The tickets keep their validity for the new data, which will be shortly announced".
Tonight's gig at Le Maroquinerie (Paris) is still on, and also sold out.


We don't play guitars!

Barat at the Bataclan (photo by Mathilde)

So shouted the infamous Chicks on Speed a few years ago. And so is (apparently) shouting Carlos Barat. Interviewed by the NME for their news section, that's what the Mighty Carlos is cooking for us mortals (thanks to Linna for the typing):

"Carl Barat has begun life after Dirty Pretty Things by writing and demoing a series of solo songs in the last few weeks. With his old band playing their last few gigs in December, Barat has told NME that he will launch his solo stuff supporting Glasvegas in the USA this coming January.
The former Libertine declared going solo was "fucking scary" but if further writing and the gigs - starting in San Francisco on Jan 8 and ending in LA on Jan 14 - went well, he would release material next year.
"I've had enough of democracy and sharing - I want to be a selfish bastard for a while!" Barat laughed. "It's fucking scary - apart from a secret gig at Glastonbury this year I've never done a solo show. At Glasto I froze up and had to say to myself, "you can either die here or pull it together". I still need to get some legs for it"
Barat revealed that he had been working in London on demos, with "Arcadian March On" the working title of one of his compositions. "It sounds a bit cheesy - I'm worried it sounds like a pikey Libertines song" he joked, before revealing that his solo work will hold a few surprises for Libs and DPT fans. "I tried to record something with no guitars on it" he explained. "I was using dance beats - it's a new direction. If the songs are good they'll stand up for themselves and I'll release them"
His American jaunt won't be all about hard work though. "I'm looking forward to joining Glasvegas for a jolly" he admitted. "I'm only there for five shows - it could be utter carnage. I imagine their manager will be trying to keep me away from James (Allan, Glasvegas frontman) - she's done that before."

As much as I'm glad Carl is still considered "dangerous" in some quarters, the "I don't play guitar" claim makes me cringe. But of course, it's only the good old mighty Carlos. In the time between that interview and this very moment he's probably already changed his mind at least a dozen times.

Oh one last note before easyjetting to Londinium: Peter's Friday gig in Paris is NEARLY sold out. Good job mate. I wish so much I could be going, but I'm keeping my thrills for the RF.


Let's all go to Paris!

Photo from "The sound of violence"

Babybear is in Paris ("Any French writtlers with nothing to do on Friday keep an eye out here. I may be taking a wee trip over to visit some pals currently billeted in your beautiful city to enjoy Paris' wonderful hospitality. We may pop to La Maroquinerie for a small musical soiree on Friday. The simple sounds of a voice and a melody cause great joy in the heart ...")

Carlos is in Paris (see photo above): review and photos of DPT's last night gig (with video) here

And YYEEEESSSSS wow wow wow Peter is in Paris too and playing a gig indeed:

Tickets on sale NOW on Digitick and tomorrow on other sites.
Update from Adrian:
"As I hinted last night I am off to Paris Friday to se a mates band. That'll be Peter playing at La Maroquinerie. Doors 2030. Advance Tickets. Book now as this is the official French Dog Upfront Announcement. This'll be going online real soon".

And me, why am I going back to London tomorrow? Aaargghhhh... something called work innit?


Shamblesville and DPTsville

From Adam's blog: "All is calm in shamblesville Peter still finishing his solo album art, found out the first single…it’s a good one". Anxiously waiting for the revelation, I keep my fingers crossed for New Love.
There is nothing suggesting the Shambles' German dates are cancelled. The dates should be the following: Lipsia (4), Munich (5.), Düsseldorf (7.), Hamburg (8.), Berlin (9.) Frankfurt (11.). What's strange is that Drew is playing with Mongrel on the 6th in Manchester (from

It seems an interview with Carl Barat is featured in the NME's new issue (out tomorrow). Apparently Carlos talks about his solo material and live solo dates with Glasvegas.
Meanwhile, Dirty Pretty Things are wrapping up their Euro tour with a gig at The Bataclan in Paris. Reports from the last gigs are scattered here and there in the various communities but tend to focus more on meetings with the band and things like that than on the shows. After all DPT have no future, and maybe these are the last days when fans can hope to exchange a few words with the four guys all together.


Sunday news

  • Adrian and a few other writtlers are organizing a protest gig against form 696 (see my post from yesterday). If you are seriosuly insterested in collaborating go here.
  • Positive review of DPT's Amsterdam gig (in Dutch. I'm sparing you the babelfish mess).
  • The Ficek has updated his blog. Good to hear about Pat. It seems the two (Adam and Pat, that is) are planning to arrange something together at Chrissie.
  • A very busy Christmas ahead indeed!
  • Pity that I absolutely loathe Christmas.


Something very sinister

Babybear posts to FDB about something disturbing:
"The police in most (if not all) London boroughs have put together a form to be filled in by licencees thinking of promoting a live event. Various details must be filled in to allow the police to get a handle on what type of event it is and what type of crowd it will attract. All very Big Brother .... are they then going to decide whether a concert should take place based on their criteria ..... Take a moment to look at the form and some of the questions asked ....
Details must be given of ....
Music style to be played / performed (e.g. Bashment, R’n’B, Garage) How hip of the cops ....
Is there a particular ethnic group attending? If ‘Yes’, please state group: That one's a doozy ....
Please list below ALL ARTISTES, THE ACTS / SOUND SYSTEMS / OTHER PROMOTERS performing. (DJs. MCs, etc. – show full name and aliases, address, date of birth, contact numbers.) Please use a separate sheet if necessary.
Fuck me that's a good 'un .... Is it just me or can anyone else see a distinct pattern here .... A lot of these questions seem directed specifically at events which the police I imagine would seem to appeal to a black audience. Some more good news is that if it's a 'success' in London the licensing officer down YOUR local nick may decide to do it too. Here's the form in all it's glory. There's a facebook group just ben started in protest. May I suggest joining and showing support against this ridiculous piece of (at best) bureaucracy. When I was a wee promoter in a Camden Town dive I wouldn't for the life of me have imagined something so ridiculous. Very often you'd be booking bands last minute if one couldn't make it. Mixing genres live and dj'ing. This is flawed, unworkable and worse still, it has a distinct hint of the authorities wishing to be made aware specifically of events which would attract black music fans or fans of MOBO. Here's another article which you may find interesting, Distinctly worrying stuff which should be fought by all right minded music fans. Rant over. bb."
I guess things like this are happening too often around Europe right now. Something should be done.


Quiet days

While I'm busy reading the Shambles' book (ha ha gone to page 228, Babybear... nothing about private parts as I expected!) there's nothing really crucial happening in the guys agenda.
Dirty Pretty Things are touring Europe and last night they wowed Cologne's crowd (beautiful photos by Christoph on Flickr) and after the gig they went to play bowling with a few fans.
Anthony Rossy gave a short interview (in French) to Luxembourg site "L'Essentiel".
We have also some gorgeous photos taken by Arcadian Dreamer at the Berlin gig
Carl Barat hasn't been talking for an eternity. His four date US mini-tour supporting Glasvegas in January 2009 is confirmed at the Glasvegas website:
  • Jan 8, Popscene San Francisco
  • Jan 10 Chop Suey Seattle
  • Jan 12 Doug Fir Lounge Portland
  • Jan 14 Troubadour L.A.

Peter seems to be back from Paris (he was spotted cycling in Earl's Court a few days ago) but has no gigs planned in the following days. Babyshambles are expected to enter the studio in December (see Adam's blog) and this means some European dates had to be postponed (the Italian ones among them; not that I care cause I'll be back to London by then).


Pete Doherty Gio-Goi

Footage and interview from the Prince of Wales gig during the London Fashion Week (late September). Thanks to Amalgamfrance for putting it up.


DPT in Scandinavia

Photo by Robby

I get along from Copenhagen.

Review of the Stockholm gig. Translation by Martina:
"Nothing could be as devastating to a rockband as when the scandals become more important than the music. Nothing, except perhaps living in the shadow of a former sensations band, one of which you used to be a member of. Carl Barat was one of the two singer and songwriters in the drug-serie, the Libertines. When his new band Dirty Pretty Things announced in October that they would go separate ways, for the benefit of future project it is hard not to interpret that as result of the inability to live up to a forced reputation.More songs than “Bang, Bang, you’re dead” seem to be about previous band colleague Peter Doherty rather then old girlfriends. Yet Dirty Pretty Things feels obliged to end the show with the Libertines song “I get along”- although it feels far away from being necessary in the context. Even if Carl Barat’s songs may seem a little dry in melody on record, they are the more efficient on stage. An amplifier has been covered with the Union Jack and there are moments of punkish mods-pop, when DPT really feels like a pure British band. As when rocky “Chinese dog” smoothly glides into the backbeat epos of “The Country Grove”. Other times they come across more as a British “The Strokes.But just as the garage rock seem to be on autopilot the band once again changes the beat or pushes the tempo of the song “The Enemy” too madness. With the band interaction and everlasting energy you will haft to remember that this is a farewell-tour".
Review of the Copenhagen gig by Cicia from, who witnessed a curious episode:
"The hour long wait between the support band and DPT wasn't so great, but the gig was. The band were all smiling and laughing a lot. The sound was a bit strange, but I believe that's cause the amps were placed a bit strange in front of the stage. I couldn't hear much of the singing except for Didz. Not complaining! There weren't any big surprises in the set list, but they did end with You fucking love it, and then I get along, which was a nice surprise as I wasn't sure we'd get that one. Another nice surprise was they did not play Tired of England, as I quite expected since that was released as a single and they're not THAT huge over here. During one song, when singing into the same mic, Carl licked Didz's nose. In the end of one of the last songs he dowsed Didz in beer. The band seemed to have a good time and so did we. It was a fantastic gig".

Bilo is going to Paris!

Peter posted to FDW very early this morning (6:14!) from King's Cross with a dodgy laptop (the spacebar wasn't working) saying he's going to Paris:
I don't know whether this means he's arranging some solo gig over there, anyway if I was in France I would keep my bloody eyes open!
He posted again 15 minutes later while waiting to climb on the Eurostar:
"classic business premier Eurostar kick off to this wee sojourn ajourdhui (sp?] My relationship with the old euro[nly8hours late]star a tempestuous one. A businessman - one of the ver many you see about - shuffles sleepily by the tea machine. 'Early isn't it?' he says, friendly like. 'getting late, i thought...' says I 'meeeeebaris paris seeksforty tren too paris eez bordingg nouw' says the speakers The businessman rifles through the pastries. Bunlessman it turns out as he tucks into some cereal. Out the window Kings Cross is changingfucking fast. Jesus, here once stood a gypsy camp where a very early Libertines line-up got chasedoff by some 10 year old Irish kids and a very large dog . Dah-em, i should get on le train even mid-anecdote. something to do with second hand guitars, a mini cooper with no floor and a sleeping pikey's bermuda shirt. bon voyage charlie brown.....".
We'll be waiting for more tips.
Bon voyage pigpen...


(Good) News

Peter is playing a Christmas residency at the Rhythm Factory (20-21-22 December).
  • Sat 20th December
    RHYTHM FACTORY presents PETER DOHERTY solo set+ guests to be confirmed 8pm - late - tickets £20 available from ticketweb / 08700 600 100 and from the venue
    Sun 21st December
  • RHYTHM FACTORY presents PETER DOHERTY solo set+ guests to be confirmed 8pm - late - tickets £20 available from ticketweb / 08700 600 100 and from the venue
  • Mon 22nd December
    RHYTHM FACTORY presents PETER DOHERTY solo set+ guests to be confirmed 8pm - late - tickets £20 available from ticketweb / 08700 600 100 and from the venue
Something about DPT's Copenhagen gig from Whatshername's blog.
Adamski is playing L.A. too (on Dec 29th)! Let's all go to Calafornia!
These are the remaining 2008 dates:
  • 26 nov 2008 22.00 Mansfield - The Town Mill
  • 28 nov 2008 20.00 Butlins - Skegness
  • 30 nov 2008 20.00 London - Camden - Lock Tavern - Clash Magazine party
  • 13 dec 2008 20.00 legends - Luton
  • 29 dec 2008 21.00 Spaceland - L.A . USA
And finally, something about the Libertines poster exhibition from NME,com here.


One gig on and one off

The gig on is that at Manchester Ritz last night. No photos and no videos (unless you count Paul Ro's blabbing at Peter's channel as "videos") but people who were there said it was a good gig.
"Opened with time for heroes" says Glen 1001 "which i didnt expect, eveyone was going mental, especially the sets of lads chanting "tevez" and "manchester" haha played some new songs that sounded really good, breck road lover was amazing and belle et la bette was aswell, he had ballerinas behind him for that song, fuck knows why, chucked his guitar in at the end n there was pretty much a brawl for it, pete was on really good form".
Setlist: Time For Heroes - Salome - Never Never - Albion - Last Of The English Roses - The Ha Ha Wall - Breck Road Lover - Songs They Never Play - What Katie Did - Dont Look Back Into The Sun - Le Belle et Le Bette - Beg, Steal or Borrow - Fuck Forever - Back from the dead - Good Old Days - What A Waster
The gig off is that at Commercial Road semi-scheduled for tonight. Word to Adrian: "Sorry if this disappoints but tonight at Commercial Raod is NOT on. Dropper and, more importantly Peter, would like me to relay the news and apologise for any inconvenience. Wanted to get the news out asap .... so there you go folks. I am sure something else will pop up soon so watch this space".


Gigs - Update

Tomorrow Peter is playing The Manchester Ritz (rescheduled gig). There's a highly critical article today in the Manchester Evening News Blog. I cannot say I totally disagree with the writer. Anyway.
Doors open at 19.00.
Stage times:

It's not confirmed yet whether Peter is playing another solo gig at Commercial Road next Friday. Keep you updated innit.

Dirty Pretty Things are soon embarking on their continental tour, starting Friday in Copenhagen, but future solo dates are looming for Biggles.
Carl Barat is listed for 3 shows in US & Canada so far (supporting Glasvegas):
  • January 11 Vancouver Richards on Richards (tickets on sale from Friday at Ticketmaster)
  • January 12 Portland Doug Fir Lounge (tickets)
  • January 14 Los Angeles The Troubadour (sold out)


Adamski's 2009 tour

From his brand new blog:

Monday 05. Jan England Leicester Charlotte
Tuesday 06. Jan England Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 07. Jan England Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 08. Jan England Liverpool Academy 2
Friday 09. Jan England Manchester Lost & Found @ The Ruby Lounge
Saturday 10. Jan England Wakefield Escobar
Sunday 11. Jan England Birmingham Bar Academy
Monday 12. Jan
Tuesday 13. Jan England Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 14. Jan England Hull Adelphi
Thursday 15. Jan England Preston 53degrees
Friday 16. Jan England Derby Rockhouse
Saturday 17. Jan
Sunday 18. Jan England Castleford The Loft/Xscape
Monday 19. Jan
Tuesday 20. Jan Wales Cardiff Barfly
Wednesday 21. Jan
Thursday 22. Jan
Friday 23. Jan England Sunderland The Voodoo Room
Saturday 24. Jan
Sunday 25. Jan
Monday 26. Jan
Tuesday 27. Jan England York Fibbers
Wednesday 28. Jan England Wrexham Central Station

Promising stuff at 126

Photo by happy_in_my_dust_a nd_gloom

Well well well. Peter played a great gig last night at 126 Commercial Road, but the most interesting thing was that he played nearly all his upcoming solo album from his laptop and danced to all the songs in front of the crowd!
And according to people who were there the new stuff sounds awesome! The CD is expected early next year and it seems it will put all Pete-doubters (a new breed spawning from the old Pete-loyals but equally nauseating) back to their place. Yay, Peter even played "Tired of England" before starting his own stuff. Late promo for a buddy? (the buddy of course was storming in Leeds at the same time).
"It was a great gig" says Queenb23 "maybe a little short. But I can't really complain too much. Everyone sat down on the floor while he played and sang along. He played a lot of music on his computer, some new songs from the new album. I thought they sounded really good, and kind of different than his other stuff. I am really excited to hear the whole album when it comes out. He was also in good form I thought, talking and making little jokes. He also got up and danced for a bit. It was very intimate. And everyone was so nice and friendly. I really enjoyed myself...!".
Another gig is expected next Friday (still to be confirmed).
Setlist: East of Eden France - The boy with a thorn in his side - Tell the king - Radio America -Folsom prison blues (Johnny Cash Cover) - Horrorshow - Cyclops - Delaney - A fool there was -Babyshambles - Ha ha wall - Never never - Blackboy lane.


Another gig tonight at Commie Road

  • 126 Commercial Road is quickly becoming a proper residency for Peter these days! The gig is confirmed by the man himself at FDW: "yes, early kick-off, stagetime 9.00pm, 2 hour set. As for friday... General advertised my presence without asking me first. Bit of a liberty. I still tried to make the stage but between them, police and friends dying relatives forced me nto a very dark and unpleasant place. see you tonight? x".
  • Perfect. On the other hand, DPT are playing the first of the reschuled dates tonight at Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Four days after my announcement, the info that Carlos is playing a solo gig supporting Glasvegas in L.A. has made major music sites, particularly the NME.
  • And last but not least a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my lovely Drusillo who turns 30 today.



So, in a few words:
  • Peter didn't play at The Woodbury Tavern Friday night. Apparently his driver had a problem and could not pick him up. Whatever.
  • What you find in the press today is only a series of stupid photos of Peter and his missus after The Monarch's gig describing him as "gross" and "horrible". FFS, I thought it was all over after the Moss-spell had wrapped up. For the record, he didn't look "horrible" at all.
  • DPT have finished their Irish Tour. Huge praise for the last Galway gig, after which Carlos went out in a back alley and played Time for heroes, France, Death on the stairs and Oasis's Live forever, and then went to the bar and bought Guinness for everyone.
  • Enjoy "I get along" video from Dublin.



The Woodbury Tavern gig is on, and Peter will be playing together with Alan Wass and Cal Roberts (and General).
Woodbury Tavern, South Tottenham, Seven Sisters, N15 6JH, London.
Starts: 7 pm, ends: 1.00 am.
Apparently Mr. Razzcocks was at The Monarch last night but Peter snubbed him (here).
And Peter showed support for his beloved QPR (here).

Peter at The Monarch

Peter and The Wolf (photo by Heilig)

Peter played a solo gig last night at The Monarch. Special guest was Peter Wolf (Wolfman) who sang two songs with Peter, For Lovers (of course) and Broken Love Song. According to the lucky ones who were there the gig was one of the best Peter has done this year.
"He was on brilliant form tonight" says Chun Li "he was funny, and he added loads of random lines and words into songs. Good support to. Definitly worth the extortionate £23".

"For me this was one of Peter's best gigs" says Crazycatwoman "his guitar playing and his singing were spot on. Unfortunately the gig ended prematurely due to peter hurling his guitar into the crowd, security had to go and get it back. After this incident the gig could no longer continue".

Setlist by Chun Li: The last of the english roses - pipey magraw - what a waster - dilly boys - kilamanjiro - albion - cyclops - tell the king - lost art of murder - for lovers (with wolfman) - Broken love song (with wolfman) - salome - a cover / new / rare song? - time for heroes.
One more thing about tonight: chances of Peter playing at the Woodbury Tavern (with Alan Wass and Cal Roberts) are poor at the moment. If anything new turns up I'll tell you here. But anyway, Helsinki are playing at the ULU for LMHR and I think I'd rather go there (if I was in London, that is).


Carl will open for Glasvegas in L.A.

The new cool couple

OK, now it's official: Glasvegas will visit Los Angeles on Jan. 14, performing at West Hollywood venue the Troubadour. Tickets go on sale today, so be sure to fax in your order. The special opener will be Carl Barat of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things (mmm... how about Carl Barat followed by a beautiful "period"?). Source: The Scenestar.
I'm trying to find out whether Carl will be opening Glasvegas' other US dates or this is a on-off. Later!


  • The NME reviews Mongrel's debut gig.
  • Dirty Pretty Things celebrated Obama's victory with Neon Neon.
  • Bits from "Beg Steal or Borrow" are starting to appear in the net. The Sun reports a funny story about Peter blaming Elton John for the Live 8 fiasco.
  • And Babybear's been teasing everyone at FDW about a mysterious page 228 of the book. It seems the paragraph in question deals with a certain FDW member... but I can't tell you anything since I haven't got my copy yet (fuck Italian mail).
  • Rumors are also starting up about Carl Barat's future adventures... and they involve a Scottish band and their upcoming US tour. Waiting for more info, keep your eyes open you lot in Tinseltown.


Drew plays for LMHR

Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell's other band, Helsinki, will headline the London ULU on Friday night (November 7), at a gig put on by the Love Music Hate Racism organisation. The gig has been organised to raise awareness of, and combat, the right-wing British National Party's recent attempts to promote racism in UK schools by giving free CDs containing allegedly racist songs to schoolchildren. Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure will perform with the collective at the gig, as will rapper Lowkey who, along with McClure and McConnell, performs in the supergroup Mongrel. Support will come from Bashy and Riz MC. See for more information.
Plus! Adam announces winter tour:
"Well here's a rough look at my 'Watching the flowers grow' tour a few dates might change but... My first outing and I'm scared but there's nothin like growing up in public, there won't be any guests as I don't have any famous friends that I can rope in - so just me and a guitar... altough there will be some hip supports, just working that one out..
JAN>> 5 Leicester Charlotte>> 6 Cambridge Soul Tree>> 7 Nottingham Bodega>> 8 Liverpool Academy 2>> 9 Manchester Ruby Lounge>> 10 Wakefield Escobar>> 11 Birmingham Bar Academy>> 13 Newcastle Academy 2>> 14 Hull Lamp>> 15 Preston Uni (club night)>> 16 Derby Rockhouse>> 17 Welwyn Garden City Green Rooms>> 18 Castleford Loft>> 19>> 20 Cardiff Barfly>> 22 Kingston New Slang>> 25 Wolves Little Civic>> 28 Wrexham Central Station just waiting for some scottish and Irish things to come in..".
And! Carlos is on the December issue of Clash magazine (video preview of the interview here).

Good morning America!

Great job guys! This is my little present for all of you!


Carl says "My heart will go on"

Carl and Har Mar Superstar last night in Dublin (photo by The Rescue Squad)

Not really. But the Titanic analogy is stunning. And I swear he's never heard it from me...

Kidding! Interview by Sara Irvine for Noize magazine.

Amidst nearly fatal diseases, break ups and make ups, boozes, pills, thrills and bellyaches, Carl still keeps his cool, and he's once again in the NME cool list. Says the list compiler:
"49. Carl Barat [re-entry] 2008 was a rough year for the man Pete Doherty used to call Biggles, with serious illness and poor album sales conspiring to spell the end for Dirty Pretty Things. Yet Carlos retains an indelible aura of cool and his recent announcement that The Libertines have "unfinished business" bodes well for 2009".
For the record, Peter is not in the list. The horror, the horror!
Anyway, DPT's Irish tour is going ahead, although ticket sales are still poor. Enjoy Didz and Anthony playing Blur's Boys and Girls here (video by Myska).


An American Prayer

Please, American friends. I mean it. PLEASE.

Manic Monday part 2

The sweet Adam speaks at Radio XFM:

"Babyshambles drummer and all round nice guy Adam Ficek dropped by Xfm to tell us all about the bands new book 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' and about Pete Doherty's solo project.
The band have put Babyshambles recording on hold to give Pete time to finish his solo record which Adam has been providing drums for. Adam revealed that Pete was working with a secret guest guitarist on the record whose name rhymes with "Layham Hoxon". Hmmm...Super sleuths that we are, Xfm managed to extract further information from Adam who explained that Graham Coxon (it took us ages to work that out!) was bringing a new edge to Pete's solo record:
"It's not just musical with Graham, its this whole sonic environment he creates and that's what has brought a really special edge to Peter's solo's really interesting".
Adam also told us that Babyshambles would be recording and touring again soon, but the trials and tribulations of Pete's life does take its toll on the band:
"It's not very nice at times really, it keeps you on your toes. You have to take every gig that it could be your last. You don't really know what's round the corner which I suppose is good 'cos it keeps every show pretty vitalised but on the other hand it's hard to plan stuff and it can take the wind out of your sails at times". Let's hope the band are back on top form in 2009.
Listen to the interview with Adam Ficek here: [
Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3].

Anthony Rossomando speaks too (here).

The NME reviews Peter's Halloween gig.

Mongrel announce first UK tour.

The advance ticket purchase link for Peter's show at The Monarch is now active here.

Babybear teases: "There's a few more interesting things coming up!".

Manic Monday

A few bits to start the week:
  • Very beautiful pictures taken by Kutschi at the Commercial Road party (the first one, not the Halloween)
  • DPT played Belfast last night, the first of their European dates. It seems the gig started late because they missed the ferry or something like that. Anyway, glad to hear Carlos is back on form. Great videos by Username1919 (here).
  • Don't forget today the Babyshambles book is hitting the stores!

Thursday 6 Nov - The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Monday 3 Nov - Dublin Academy
Wednesday 5 Nov - Cork Cyprus Avenue
Thursday 6 Nov - Wicklow Greystones Theatre
Friday 7 Nov - Galway Roisin Dubh
Wednesday 5 Nov - Mongrel playing Boston Arms in Tufnell Park, London.


New gig next week!

From Adrian's facebook:
Peter is playing Thursday 6th November at The Monarch (formerly The Misty Moon) on Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town. Acoustic support comes from Vaults venue for advance ticket info +44 20 7284 4915

Peter's Halloween Gig

Photo by ProperBo

Nothing in the press today. "It was a messy evening last night" said Mrs Cravat "We were let in quite late and there was at least an hour and a half's worth of dance music michael jackson and libertines before anyone took the stage. Peter popped out periodically to get drinks from the barand to borrow various hats. Peter played a handful of songs which deviated away from the usual setlist before looking a bit woozy and walking off stage. He really did not look well. Alan wass and mik accompanied peter on drums and guitar who saved the day by carrying on playing a number of shambles left hand and covers".

Video by ProperBo (Cigarettes and Alcohol cover).

Photos by happy_in_my_dust_and_gloo m


Drew and Carl together for charity

So, thanks to Arturo for the tip. This looks like it could be something exciting, more than just another side project for Drew, or a final outlet for Carlos... Anyway, the twosome have started a supergroup together with Jon McClure (in Italy we call people like him "prezzemolo", i.e. parsley, because it's featured in every dish), Mat Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream) and others. The name of the supergroup is "The Bottletop Band". An album is expected next year. In reality, the Bottletop Band is a collaborative project devised by the Bottletop charity and clothing brand Fenchurch. The idea is that a selection of talented musicians and producers come together and produce an album, in support of Bottletop’s charity work.
So, I think these are the recordings Carl was referring to in his blog entry of two weeks ago. The thought of he and Drew working together is rather titillating, and I'm sure something great will come out from this collaboration.

Babyshambles in pictures

Beautiful gallery this morning at all the pictures featured are from Spencer Honniball's new book, 'Beg, Steal or Borrow – The Official Babyshambles Story' which is released on November 3. The book features in-depth interviews with all the band and an exclusive behind-the-scenes photography. Published by Cassell Illustrated, it's priced at £14.99.


Scattered news

Peter is playing again tomorrow at 126 Commercial Road. Not sure about Amy Winehouse. It will be a ''proper Halloween party'' with ''strictly costumes only'', ie: you have to wear a costume. Dropper said:
"It has been confirmed by Peter so it's on, support tbc
Details to follow but it is first come first serve so email me for reservations.
Please state that it is for Friday's gig. x"
Another similar event (bar costumes, of course) is announced at the Woodberry Tavern on 7/11. Cal Roberts will support.

The NME has something about Adamski (here)...
...and Drusillo's side-side-project (i. e Mongrel - here).

French Dog Writtles is down again. I wonder what happened to the Libertines new site announced by Kirsty and Kirsty a few weeks ago.
Speaking of which, I am not sure at all as to WHEN the DPT tour will be resumed. The gig at Subzero in Colchester of next Saturday seems to be on. On the contrary, there are very few chances to see The Mighty Carlos behind the decks at The Vice in Swansea tomorrow night. The club's advertising a Halloween party with the Blackout's Sean Smith as guest DJ.

So it's official: he quits.


Alan McGee, who founded the Creation record label, signed Oasis and went on to manage bands including The Libertines and The Charlatans, has said he has quit the music business.McGee told BBC 6music that although he was through with running record labels and managing bands, he would continue to put on club nights. He explained that his decision to step away was based on his view that the industry is not run by music lovers."It was on my Facebook, my status said, 'Glad I'm not a manager any more, I really recommend it,'" he said. "But all I've really done is retired from managing bands after 25 years."He added: "I stopped doing the record company about a year or two ago because I think they're pointless things, like dinosaurs or trams or something. I'm still completely into new music and I'm still doing things with new bands, as in my clubs and stuff like that. I'm still going to be kicking about. "I think I'm a man of the times, kind of like Tony Wilson, really. We don't really have a place in the music industry anymore because we actually like music. "I think the pre-requisite for being in the music industry is not liking music and playing the corporate game, agreeing with your boss."



  • Peter didn't play last night at Commercial Road
  • No explanation given yet
  • But it might happen on Friday
  • Article on the exhibition at Filthy's
  • Adam is playng a DJ set at the Kasbah (Primrose Hill Street) tomorrow night, apparently at a party special based around cult teen series Skins.
  • The Hawley Arms club (Camden Town) reopens on 31 October. Drew is expected to perform.
  • DPT's Swansea gig is apparently rescheduled on Dec 4 (here).
  • The other cancelled gig in Hatfield might be rescheduled on Dec 18.
  • This DPT rescheduled tour is confusing me more than ever. I'll post soon a recap of the remaining dates.

For the moment, au revoir.


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Sorry, Carlos...

I know I called you a hypochondriac a few days back. Now it seems you were ill for real. Skeptical is my second name and all this mud must have crept up into my brain.

Anyway, you shouldn't have gone to that stupid premiere (and especially at the afterparty!). Sick people must stay in bed, innit.

Get well soon, Biggles.

More from last night

Wow wow, it must have been a blast! And it's on again tonight!

Pete Doherty played a gig last night (October 27) with his Babyshambles bandmates Adam Ficek and Mick Whitnall at a flat in east London. The Whitechapel gig was advertised on internet forums, with fans paying £20 through a cage door at the front of the private flat to gain entry. Doherty played at one end of the sparse main room, with a makeshift bar set up at the other. The singer/guitarist began playing at about 9pm (BST). Ficek, who performs under the alias Roses, Kings, Castles, also performed solo songs during the show. Fans sang along and joined in the show throughout, until around 10:45pm (GMT) when, while performing a cover of the rock standard once covered by The Beatles, 'Twist And Shout', Doherty tore through the crowd to the backstage area. Whitnall and Ficek played Babyshambles' 'I Wish' to end the show.

Jamie Fullerton writes:

You know that weed factory the toffs run in 'Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels'? With the jail rails surrounding the door, the cut-price security camera trained on the entrance and the constant stream of undesirables? It was a bit like that at the Pete Doherty gig in a distinctly dodgy Whitechapel flat I went to last night. We heard the strumming from the road.

Working on the assumption that Pete shows generally don't begin before the kind of hour at which most people are sound asleep dreaming of a Libertines reunion (OK, maybe that's just some of us), myself and snapper James Quinton arrived at the flat after an internet tip-off at about 10:30pm. Just after I turned the video camera off for the above shot we had to part company with £20 each to allow the jail doors to swing open. Inside was a large, bare flat with a makeshift bar at one end and a huddled crowd of around 100 people at the other. A trilby was bobbing up and down somewhere in the middle, and what sounded a bit like the rock classic 'Twist And Shout', famously covered by The Beatles, could be heard through the fuzz-box amp.

Video by Docile33 (Ocean).

And Dropper, our secret agent in Havana, said about tonight:

"same time, same place email me if you'd like to reserve tickets or just turn up. The sound should be better tonight and there'll be some other bands playing including some Cazals".