Pete Doherty played a solo show at midnight last night (June 27) to close day one of the Glastonbury festival - and paid tribute to his old Libertines bandmate Carl Barat. The star played on the Park Stage with just an acoustic guitar, sporting a suit, trilby and wellies. He opened with 'What Katy Did' and 'Music When The Lights Go Out', both songs by The Libertines. He then dedicated 'Albion', the Babyshambles single from 2005, in part to Carl Barat, his former Libertines bandmate.The star drew a huge crowd at the Park Stage area, and was watched from the side of the stage by members of Franz Ferdinand, who had played on the stage earlier, plus his Babyshambles bandmate Drew McConnell, who was sporting a new mohawk haircut.As he began to play The Libertines' 2002 debut single 'What A Waster' a fan passed up a can of lager to Doherty, who took a slurp then hurled it back into the crowd. Doherty was on impressive form, seemingly bolstered by the hugely enthusiastic response he received from the crowd, who sang along to most numbers.During 'La Belle Et La Bette', the response was so great Doherty abandoned his guitar at the death, singing along to hand claps.After the aforementioned song Doherty donned a poncho, suggesting he was heading off stage. However, McConnell strapped on a guitar and the pair played 'Beg, Steal Or Borrow' together. After the duet Doherty did leave the stage, saying, "Thanks for watching, enjoy the rest of the festival.".
Setlist: 'What Katy Did' 'Music When The Lights Go Out' 'East Of Eden' 'Albion' 'Time For Heroes' 'What A Waster' 'Can't Stand Me Now' 'La Belle Et La Bette' 'Beg, Steal Or Borrow'.
Tiny video here.
So, it seems that all the last days' dramas, and the lies told by The Guardian and BBC, were only the usual storm in a teacup. Adam said that "All will be fine", and that's enought to me. All, of course, bar Drew's new haircut.
There should be other reports everywhere but the NME site seems to be broken at the moment and in any case it's still too early in UK. I'm going surfing and I'll come back in a few hours.