The View's Kyle Falconer played a surprise acoustic show in support of Babyshambles at the Brixton Mass venue last night (June 18). Taking the stage at 10:30pm (BST), after being introduced by Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell, Falconer played an eight-song acoustic set which included an Oasis cover, a new song and hits 'Same Jeans' and 'Superstar Tradesman'. Falconer also played 'Wasted Little DJs', 'Skag Trendy' and a cover of Oasis' 'Don’t Look Back In Anger'.
Later on in the evening Babyshambles took the stage and played a 14-song set including two new songs, 'Ocean' and 'Heart Of The Matter'. Pete Doherty, wearing a suit and necklace, led his band on stage at 11:20pm and opened the set with b-side ’The Man Who Came To Stay’, which he declared the band "haven’t played in three years". The band then played the moody and melodic new song 'Ocean', then later gave 'French Dog Blues' a rare live airing. The crowd seemed impressed by Babyshambles' form, with many attendees commenting on the band’s tightness and sense of urgency. The band kept banter to a minimum and covered 'Janie Jones' by The Clash later in the set, then played 'Sedative' before heading off for a cigarette break. After the break Babyshambles played an amped-up closing set including 'Delivery', 'Pipedown' and 'Fuck Forever', which they closed the show with.
Babyshambles played: 'The Man Who Came To Stay', 'Ocean', 'Heart Of The Matter', 'French Dog Blues', 'La Belle Et La Bette', 'Killamangiro', 'There She Goes', 'Janie Jones', 'Sedative', 'Pipedown', 'What Katy Did', 'Delivery', 'Back From The Dead', 'Fuck Forever'.
Babyshambles play one further gig at Mass tonight (June 19). Tickets will be available on the door.
Besides, our friend Alicepooh remembers:
"At tonight's Mass gig, Peter introduced the subject of the Love Music Hate Racism event this Saturday. He asked Drew to talk about what was going on. Drew said... That on Saturday there's a big demonstration organised by LMHR to protest the election of BNP to the London Assembly. It begins at 12 noon at Tooley Street behind the GLA City Hall near Tower Bridge. The nearest tube station is at London Bridge. The march will go from there to Trafalgar Square and will feature a number of bands playing. Tomorrow (Thursday) there will be a publicity stunt between 10 and 11 am to advertise Saturday's demonstration. It will involve handing an eviction notice to Richard Barnbrook, the BNP Councillor. All LMHR supporters and band members welcome. Please text LMHR to confirm if you are coming. This will also take place at City Hall as described above. Seems as if Drew and Peter may be involved in one or both of these events".
The Mighty Carlos remains in hospital and as I write it's still unknown whether he will go under the knife or not. The Real Fits gig of course is cancelled, and so the Festival in Luxembourg scheduled for Saturday. "We don't know if Carl will need an operation, or how long it'll take him to recover," said Anthony Rossomando "They've ruled out anything majorly major, which is a relief. Carl's pretty sedated at the moment. He's being looked after as well as he can be".
In the meantime, the infamous Chavs are cooking something for Carl while he's in bed. Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Jamie Reynolds (Klaxons) and Carlos are planning to record material in August, if all goes to plan. “Myself, Carl and Jamie from the Klaxons actually went out for a bit of a band meeting" said Burgess "and I think that we are all free in August - but I’ve just heard the news yesterday that Carl got quite sick so hopefully he’ll be recovered by then.”
A huge "Get well soon Biggles" at this point is mandatory.