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Carl Barat casts doubt on future of The Libertines as band prepare to tour

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:01

Carl Barat, left, said Pete Doherty was a dear friend, but he was not sure what the future of The Libertines was
Carl Barat, left, said Pete Doherty was a dear friend, but he was not sure what the future of The Libertines was

The Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat has said he is unsure whether the indie rock band has a future.

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Formed in 1997, the London quartet - made up of co-lead singer Pete Doherty, bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell - are due to play a series of dates in the UK and Europe.

Kicking off at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on January 21, and taking in cities including Cardiff, Birmingham and London, the gigs are in support of their most recent album, Anthems For Doomed Youth.

The band are also touring countries including France, Germany and Austria.

During an interview with The Mirror, Barat said: "Today, for me, Pete Doherty is a dear friend and a brother, but as for the future of The Libertines, I do not know what will happen."

In September, The Libertines were forced to cancel a gig in London because frontman Doherty suffered "a serious anxiety attack", according to a post on his Albion Rooms website.

The 36-year-old has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and has undergone years of treatment in rehab.

Doherty has been imprisoned three times, with one stint as a result of burgling Barat's home in 2003.

He has also appeared in court for a number of drug-related offences and his criminal record includes assault and possession of a flick-knife.

Media interest in Doherty soared during the two-year period he was dating model Kate Moss. The couple split in 2007.

"I can't say I don't have my own foibles," Barat told The Independent when asked how he had dealt with all the problems.

"But we just stick with it really. We went through so much together and shared our perceptions of the world through our writing. I don't suppose we can find anyone else to perform that role," the 37-year-old said.

"We always end up meandering back to one another. Even if there are various prisons and other organisations along the way.

"There's just a bond there that's very deep. I never thought I was being patient. It's just, what was the choice?"

Anthems For Doomed Youth is only the third studio album from The Libertines following Up The Bracket in 2002 and their self-titled second in 2004.

Released on September 11 and peaking at number three on the Official UK Album Chart, reviews were generally positive for their third long-player.

After breaking up in 2004, The Libertines spent years embroiled in various troubles, but they reunited in 2010 for a number of shows, including Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Four years later, they were back together again for a gig in London's Hyde Park.

In 2015, The Libertines were the surprise special guests on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

"I tried to convince myself I was done with it to protect myself. But I think it's a lifelong thing," Barat told The Independent.

"I have the name of the band tattooed on my arm, which is a constant reminder. I'm not going to tattoo 'Debbie' over it or anything. Pete went at his with a knife, but that didn't work."

::Visit www.thelibertines.com for more information about The Libertines tour.

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