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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!