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Dress code: From our vantage point at the back of the field, we can confirm that there was some kind of straw trilby action. Beyond that, hard to say beyond the fact Pete's clothes were - as usual - tight and black.
In a nutshell: Having cancelled earlier in the day, the appearance of Pete Doherty is a surprise. "It wasn't to do with management or the record company - I just thought I was playing tomorrow night," the poetic pin cushion (copyright: the Daily Star) reveals to groans from the crowd. But there's nothing groan-worthy about the show: it's a poignant yet sturdy acoustic ramble through Pete's greatest hits. "What hits?" I hear you cry, but as What a Waster, Can't Stand Me Now, Up the Bracket and - his finest moment - Albion echo around the field, sung back to him by a spellbound crowd, it's confirmation that to a generation who came of age this decade, Pete Doherty is every bit as significant as Morrissey. Witty, squalid and totally authentic, history will judge him kindly.
Who's watching: A delighted crowd already beaming from excellent sets by Franz Ferdinand and Dizzee Rascal.
High point: Albion. "If you're looking for a cheap sort all a-glint with perspiration/There's a four-mile queue outside the disused power station". It's one of the great songs about England, in the category of the Smiths' The Queen is Dead and Blur's This is a Low.
Low point: The general "Will he? Won't he?' buggering about that has been an integral - and very annoying - aspect of the Pete Doherty live experience since about 1746.
Mark out of 10: 9
What does it all mean, maan?: Somewhere amid the drug hell and supermodel shenanigans, Pete has been quietly staking a claim to greatness.
The Sun (that's too funny, they've been licking Pete's ass all the way lately!): PETE DOHERTY DESPITE rumours of him going awol - PETE DOHERTY took to his Glasto headline slot like a duck to water. Wondering onstage like a character out of Oliver Twist, the BABYSHAMBLES frontman all of a sudden became incredibly endearing. Opening with LIBERTINES track What Katie Did Next, the ex-heroin addict proved a mighty fine musician as he encouraged everyone to wave their lighters around to his tingly tangly tones. A tortured soul maybe, but Pete kept it real and did not disappoint by playing spot on. There was a charm to him this evening that hinted towards why a certain MISS MOSS fell for him. He even showcased his sense of humour, dedicating song Albion to all the QPR fans in the crowd, before shouting: "So basically just me! And 'CARLOS' BARAT." Pete was top notch, performing to a dedicated following who finally believe he cares more about the music than the drugs.
Contact Music: Hitting the stage just before midnight, Doherty thrilled the crowd with a nine-song set, including two songs from his former band The Libertines - What Katy Did and Music When The Lights Go Out.And he paid tribute to his pal Carl Barat by dedicating Babyshambles' Albion to his former Libertines bandmate. The performance drew a large crowd as Doherty brought the first day of Glastonbury to a close. And there appeared not to be any hard feelings with his Babyshambles bandmembers - bassist Drew MCConnell was spotted watching Doherty's set from the side of the stage.
Photos by Getty Images.
I'm trying to find out what went wrong, hope nobody is hurt or framed or something like that...
In the meantime:
Bits of news scattered everywhere and not a bit of order!
Let's recap the last thingies:
Babyshambles will play at the forthcoming Moonfest festival, set to take place on August 29-31 in Wiltshire.The bash, set near frontman Pete Doherty's country home, will also feature Brandon Block, Ozric Tentacles and Heaven 17 on the bill. Babyshambles will play on the Friday (August 29) of the event.
More acts have been added to this year's T4 On The Beach.The one-day festival, taking place at Weston-Super-Mare on July 20, had already announced acts including: Adele, Sam Sparro, The Pigeon Detectives, Lightspeed Champion, The Hoosiers, Scouting for Girls, Robyn and The Feeling.They will now be joined by Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo, Dirty Pretty Things and Five O'Clock Heroes, whose set will see supermodel Agyness Deyn joining them onstage too. There are still more acts to be announced. Tickets for the event are now sold out.
No info about Peter's solo set (Friday, Park stage) or possible guests (Peter is usually a last minute chap when it comes to making up his mind). We'll do everything to keep you informed ASAP.
Carl (Sunday) said he'll play a mix of DPT and Libertines songs (the latter particularly from Up The Bracket). No info about guests either but many speculations (Jon McClure and Drew, also playing on Sunday, above all). Let's hope Alan McGee is distracted enough by Glasvegas (the best band who ever put their feet on earth, no, in the whole universe, and also in the dark matter etc etc etc) and let Carlos perform his set the way he likes to.
There was a terrible review of Tired of England I found yesterday in the net. Practically it destroyed the song and the whole band from start to finish, with no mercy at all, not even for a poor convalescing sod (kidding). The rating was 1/5. I'm not posting it, I'm not a great fan of Romance at Short Notice, but that was really too harsh.
We should hear something about the record sales tonight shouldn't we? The mid week chart? Innit?
I can swear on what remains of my honour (which is very little) that I'm not the person who's calling The Sun every morning with exclusive news on the Libertines reunion. And I don't feel like asking Adrian who that person is and how much truth there is in what The Sun is reporting. I don't think anybody in the whole world wants new songs written by Peter and Carl more than I do (bar Peter and Carl, of course) but the secrecy that's around the boys at the moment and the lies we are being told every day (not by Adrian of course, who's one of the very few honest people working in the biz) makes everything very hard to believe.
- You can hear DPT's new album here
- Tired of England (out today) keeps collecting puzzled reviews
- Carl is out of hospital but if you want you can still send him get well soon messages via the NME (been there done that, and I walk alone, I walk alone).
- Glastonbury is a big question mark, at least for what concerns Carlos. The official site assures the DPT's Bern Festival date is on (I haven't tested Carl's gift of ubiquity yet).
- The King of Ubiquity, i.e. Peter, will play Glasto next Friday (here's a preview).
- Drew speaks against Boris.
- Oh and Helsinki are playing Glasto too! Sunday at the Guardian Lounge! Check it out!
The 16-year-old, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, lost a leg to bone cancer in December 2006. But less than a year later, he was told nothing more could be done to save him.
Since then, his friends and family – and an unlikely rock star – have helped a teenager’s dreams come true.
Music lover Dan has met, and struck up an unlikely friendship with, controversial rock star Pete Doherty after being invited to one of his Babyshambles gigs.
He has also met Oasis star Noel Gallagher, helped write a song for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, gone clubbing for the first time, fulfilled a dream to go to Amsterdam, met the Newcastle United team and was the director’s assistant at a gig at The Sage Gateshead, where he met The Who frontman Roger Daltrey..
Surrounded by his family last night at home in Hazel Street, the Hebburn Comprehensive pupil said: “My goal at the minute is just to keep active and spend as much time with my friends and family as possible, and build as many special memories as I can for myself and everybody.
“I’ve been given some amazing opportunities and have met some of the nicest people I’ve met in my life, including some of my best friends.
“I’ve been given the chance to meet loads of celebrities and was even the director’s assistant at the Teenage Cancer Trust’s flagship event, Bandstand, at The Sage Gateshead last September.
“Pete and the band have just been absolutely amazing and hopefully I will be able to stay well enough to see them play again.
“They have given me the goal to stay well. They’ve given me hope and something to look forward to.”
Dan was about to begin his sports coaching qualifications, after his local community raised £20,000 for an artificial leg, when he was given the devastating news last November that he was unlikely to live long enough to qualify.
He said: “It just felt as though an 18-month-long battle had been a complete waste of time. But then you think during that time that you’ve got time to enjoy yourself and time to prepare. Some people get diagnosed and only have a few days or weeks.”
Dan set about enjoying his life by doing the things he had always wanted to do, and his list included seeing Babyshambles play and meeting the band, who invited him to a gig in London.
He said: “I only expected a meet and greet but I got my own dressing room, watched the whole gig from the stage, hung out with the band afterwards and then got taken to the after-show party. It was incredible what they did because they didn’t need to do that.”
Dan, who suffered a stroke last month and is now confined to a wheelchair after becoming paralysed down his left side, is in regular contact with the band and only on Thursday at the band’s gig in Brixton, exchanged personal gifts.
He said: “I took them each a friendship bracelet for what they’ve done for me and Pete just took off the bracelet he was wearing and gave it to me.
“He had also brought a book and signed the inside cover with a special message. It’s just lovely. I couldn’t believe it. I feel very privileged.”
Doherty dedicated a recent performance to Dan, and the band has pledged to help him raise more funds for the charity he is an ambassador for, the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
The bad boys who really came good for greatest fan
THE manager of so-called rock ‘bad boys’ Babyshambles, Adrian Hunter, last night paid tribute to battling teenager Dan.
He said: “All of us have just been incredibly inspired by the Squires family’s stoicism and Dan’s bravery, and how well he is dealing with the card that life has dealt him.”
Dan’s mother Rebecca, 36, said yesterday: “The band called Dan as soon as they heard about the stroke he had and told him to keep his chin up. It was worth a million pounds to see the smile on his face.”
A spokeswoman for the TCT said: “Teenage Cancer Trust has seen on a number of occasions how musicians can really have a positive impact on young people going through a hard time.
“Babyshambles have really helped Daniel through this very difficult period and have been such an inspiration to him.
“We’re grateful to Babyshambles for deciding to donate to us through their guest lists and grateful also to the Cato Trust.
“Funds raised will go towards supporting our new unit at the RVI in Newcastle to treat young people with cancer in the North East.”
The family, including Dan’s father Mark, 36, who lives in South Yorkshire, shared an important moment last December when they travelled to France for a holiday.
Mother Rebecca added: “It was very special. The time we have now is all about building memories for all of us.”
DAN now faces the difficult job of preparing his younger sister Lois, 15, and brother Jack, seven, for the day he is no longer with them.
He said: “I’ve got Jack a build-your-own teddy and a few surprises lined up for both of them. I’m also about to start writing letters for my friends and family to read afterwards, which I’ll do when my arm gets a bit better because I can’t write too well at the moment.”
He is also hoping to be able to help Babyshambles out in the recording studio as they write and record a song.
He said: “I’ve done little bits of production and helped out with the Bandstand show last year as well as helped write a song through the TCT, so I’m really hoping to be able to do that with the band. And I’d love to see them play again and meet up again soon.”
Dan’s oncologists have been unable to predict how much longer he may have with his family but he is determined to live each day to the full.
He added: “I just want to enjoy the good days and try to get through the bad days as best I can with my family.”
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.
Jun 17, 2008
Dirty Pretty Things have announced a new UK tour.The band will hit the road in October, touring throughout the autumn.The group, led by The Libertines' Carl Barat, are set to release their second album, 'Romance At Short Notice', on June 30.
They will play:
Glasgow ABC (October 4)
Edinburgh Old Picture House (5)
Manchester Academy 2 (7)
Leeds Metropolitan University (8)
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (9)
Keele University (11)
Cambridge Junction (12)
Norwich UEA (13)
London Roundhouse (14)
Oxford Carling Academy (16)
Southampton Guildhall (18)
Tickets go on sale on Friday (June 20).
Yesterday Dirty Pretty Things played at the Where the Action Is Festival in Stockholm.
Sarah Surr reviews the festival in her (swedish) blog.
Something about Peter but showing Carlos.
Gary Powell says something to the crowd.
Get seasick with this Wondering clip from the Fest.
Not so good review of Tired of England.
The NME gives its verdict on RASN in the next issue (out on wednesday).
A nice photo from the Secret busking set for BBC Culture Show.
That's what the guy who took the photo says about the set: "The band played for a short while playing a few covers and well as some of there own tracks, as well as chatting and joking around with the crowd".
DPT's next show is a fundraiser called ‘A night of Real Fits’, with Dirty Pretty Things, Reverend and the Makers, House DJ’s the Archie Bronson Outfit, Grammy Award winning James Bond/Little Britain composer David Arnold and The Bluetones Mark Morris, Kieran Leonard and The Good Knights and MORE to be announced. The event is taking place on: Friday 20th June, at: The Round Chapel 1D Glenarm Road Hackney, from 7 to 11. For more info on Real Fits go to their site.
And now some videos:
DPT in Moscow 1 (Bloodthirsty Bastards)
DPT in Moscow 2 (The Enemy)
DPT in Moscow 3 (Gin and Milk)
Babyshambles at 93 Feet East
Peter + Babyshambles:
17th June - Pete Doherty (Acoustic show) at Mass Brixton London
18th/19th June - Babyshambles (Live) at Mass Brixton London
Thursday 12-Jun-08 : Sweden : Hultsfred
Thursday 26-Jun-08 : Norway : Hove Festival
Friday 4-Jul-08 : Belgium : Rock Werchter
Saturday 5-Jul-08 : France Argeles Sur Mer : Les Déferlantes
Sunday 6-Jul-08 : France Belfort : Eurockeennes Festival
Friday 11-Jul-08 : France Alpes : The Musilac Fetival
Saturday 12-Jul-08: Pete Doherty at the Royal Albert Hall London
Tuesday 15-Jul-08 : Switzerland Montreux :
Montreux Jazz Festival, Miles Davis Hall
Thursday 17-Jul-08 : France : Vieilles Charrues Festival
Friday 18-Jul-08 : Spain : Benicassim
Saturday 19-Jul-08 : Spain Madrid : Benicassim
Saturday 16-Aug-08 : Austria Koppl : Frequency Festival
Sunday 17-Aug-08 : Hungary Budapest : Sziget Festival
Friday 22-Aug-08 : England Reading : Reading Festival
Saturday 23-Aug-08 : England Leeds : Leeds Festival
Friday 29-Aug-08 : England Wiltshire : Moonfest
Saturday 30-Aug-08 : Netherlands Utrecht : Festival De Beschaving
Saturday 13-Sep-08 : France La Courneuve : Fete de l'Humanite, open air
Dirty Pretty Things:
June 14 – Where The Action is, Stockholm
June 20 – Round Chapel, Hackney
June 21 – Rocka-field, Luxembourg
June 28 – Sun Jam Festival, Bern
July 4 – O2 Wireless Festival London
August 14 – Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium
August 15 – Frequency Festival, Austria
August 23 – Reading Festival
August 24 – Leeds Festival
P.S. I'm not sure about Carl at Glastonbury, they're just rumors and nothing is confirmed yet. So I'm leaving it out.
The band will take over the venue on June 18 and 19, with tickets costing £20.
Pete Doherty will play a solo acoustic show at the Brixton Mass club on June 17, fans can reserve tickets by emailing email@example.com with the number of tickets they require and the date they wish to attend.
All three shows come before Pete Doherty's rescheduled solo date at the Royal Albert Hall on July 12.
And finally, a Q&A from The Irish Times:
What's on your rider? Whisky, crisps, water, towels and the odd razor.
What would be on your fantasy rider? The cast of Blackadder.
What’s your pre-gig ritual/routine? Dutch courage.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? Rage Against the Machine & The Prodigy, Reading festival. Can’t recall the exact year. It was the first time I went to see bands live that I knew.
And the worst? When I went to see Ray Davies play - for various reasons I missed the whole show.
Arena or pub gig? Pub gig every time.
Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs? Liam Gallagher.
Most embarrassing on-stage moment? Running away from a wasp.
What’s your crowd pleasing number? At this point it’s probably Bang Bang You’re Dead.
Chatting between songs - good or bad? Good if you can do it, bad if you are me. The songs should speak for themselves.
Groupies - would you? Hmmm...
Touring - blessing or curse? Both really. It depends on where you are.
When did you last play a free gig? Last week at Filthy MacNasty’s in Twickenham.
Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? Yeah, usually.
Any useful stage tips? Don’t be late.
What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? The Libertines were rained on by Converse shoes (all of them odd).
In aid of the 'Teenage Cancer Trust', Noonan Media presents: Teenage Kicks 2008.
23/05/2008 NEWS! PETE DOHERTY confirmed to headline gig, with special guest appearance TBA... Teenage Kicks could well be the charity event of the year. We are giving some of the worlds top artist, designers, tattooist and rock stars, a pair of white canvas Vans Slip Ons to do what ever they want and be as creative as they like. The shoes - now custom works of art - will then go in to a live internet auction, running along side an evening of mayhem. A secret east London venue is secured to host the event, with Top Live Bands, World Famous DJ’s, Celebrity Hosts, Skaters, BMX, Live Graffiti (with 5 artists creating a collaboration mural throughout the evening), Doodle Wall, Interviews and off course the 20 pairs of shoes will be on display ready to be auctioned off. When: 5th and 12th June 2008 Where: Brick Lane E1 – exact location to be confirmed nearer the time. The whole event will also be simulcast (broadcast live) on the screens at Piccadilly Circus via Killahertz.tv. WHY: We feel strongly that its time to give something back for years we have all enjoyed the popularity of street art fashion and tattooing and now it’s our time to make a difference. And simply, because we can. HOW: The Event is an ALL PROCEEDS (and we mean ALL) charity event with everything going directly to our chosen charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, via EBay/Paypal. This will show transparency, with no third party involvement (if your going to do it, do it right!). To create excitement and in keeping with the spirit of the event, all the tickets will be auctioned via EBay. Electronic tagging of the winning tickets via registration on the site with the final ticket arriving or the registered mobile (to limit touting). Our aim is to generate excitement and enthusiasm that is rarely seen in this cynical world, the kind that is normally reserved for the silver screen, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kind. With your help this event will deliver one hell of a kick to cancer. This is a fantastic opportunity to give real help where it’s needed. WE WILL and YOU CAN make a difference.
…and I'd love to play myself, but, he's in France on the 5th and Sweden the 12th, perhaps we could do it early, think I'll try and blag an early roses set...
So: no Peter, yes Adam? It looks likely, because Adamski claims he’s gonna take his side project (i.e. Roses Kings Castles, i.e. himself and his guitar) on tour in Septermber/October, even though he’s “shitting himself”.
Things look rather confusing indeed.
- Saturday night Babyshambles played a short set at the Papillon de Nuit Festival, at Saint Laurent de Cuves, France, in front of 50.000 people (see photo above). Comment (in French) by local site maville.com "On savait Pete Doherty sulfureux, on a été gâté. Le leader des Babyshambles s'est montré plutôt minable dans son show samedi après-midi. Titubant, essoufflé, le regard perdu, il a fini par jeter guitare et micro dans le public pour tout arrêter. Finalement reboosté par ses musiciens, il a tenu encore quelques minutes avant de partir sous les sifflets. Le concert n'a duré que 30 grosses minutes". Major stars of the night were the Hives.
- It's confirmed that Peter will play his rescheduled show at Le Grand Rex in Paris next Thursday (June 5th). Pete is rumored to be staying in Paris this week, at the Libertines famed France Albion Hotel. Shall we expect a new youtube video then?
- Adam Ficek has posted three bulletins in a row today: 02 Jun 2008, 02:59 Subject: Un projet du batteur de Babyshambles; Body: Des petites demos acoustiques et delicates faites a la maison. 02 Jun 2008, 03:54 Subject: live Roses web chat etc http://chat.gigwise.com (Wed) Body: 4pm I might play a few bits.. on Wednesday tha is. 02 Jun 2008, 05:21 Subject: Sparkling 7", album, free Cd's, Babyshambles etc Body: Firstly 'Sparkling bootz is being released on limited 7", see www.myspace.com/alphavillerecords to order. Have just sent another batch of Cd's off so I'm up to date now, see blog if you want one. I'm just starting to prepare the next release before the album. The album is finished it's entitled 'Roses Kings Castles' it was the only appropriate choice! That will be released in Aug, further details as they come in, it's a ten tracker..... Hopefully will get round to putting some more stuff on you tube, check out - brass winter or folk song if you haven't already done so. I have a gigwise web chat on Wed 4pm. Shambles wise, we're still trying to knock these demos into shape, Peter's in France on Thursday, then we all head out to Germany so all well. if youwant to air some views go to www.ficekforever.net. tc see you there. Also starting to build a web site for roses hopefully be able to order stuff online then...
- Dirty Pretty Things played in Belfast last night and as I write they're about to play at the Heineken Green Spheres Festival in Limerick (Ireland). For some snippets go to their mobile blog.
- Oh back to shambles: Drew McConnell played a charity concert last night at the Scala, for the populations of Burma (ahem, not the DPT song), or Myanmar, devastated by the cyclone. Other acts included Enter Shikari, Editors and Get Cape etc. Photos here.
- Oh and one last thing, Bo Diddley has passed away. And so has Yves Saint Laurent.
What's in my Ipod: Accelerate - R.E.M.
Tonight's gig: Sex And The City THE MOVIE!