Libertines kick-start reunion with pub gig
Indie band The Libertines played together for the first time yesterday since their split as they launched plans to play a series of comeback gigs this summer.
Frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were joined at a press conference at Boogaloo, a pub in Highgate, north London, by bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.
Doherty said: "Looking back, we did produce things we are so proud of and we want to get back to that."
The band, whose hits included 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun', played an impromptu gig for fans at the venue.
The short set ended with an energetic performance of 'Can't Stand Me Now', which famously refers to the sometimes difficult relationship between the two frontmen.
Barat said the performance, the first featuring all four band members since the split at the end of 2004, was "exhilarating".
He said: "It felt good. Like scratching an itch . . . We're going to see how it goes. If it works, it works."