Tuesday 21 November 2017

Libertines reunion 'was rocky road'

Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of The Libertines reunite at the Leeds Festival
Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of The Libertines reunite at the Leeds Festival

The reunion of indie rockers The Libertines was not completely happy to begin with, the band's drummer has said.

It would be hard to believe the four-piece had been at odds during their performance at Leeds Festival, where they were given a rapturous welcome by fans.

The band reunited this week for their first gigs in six years, after going through a bitter and public break-up.

Earlier in the day drummer Gary Powell described the band's journey to reunion.

"I would like to say it was a complete 100% joyous reunion initially, but it would be lying," he said. "We were called first regarding the reunion and the first thing I said was 'is everybody doing it?'

"Once we had all four of us in a line then it was kind of like what is everybody's motivation because we didn't have a chance to actually sit down and have a chat about everything that happened in the past."

When the band did start playing together again, he said, it was like they had never been away. He said: "It was just like meeting an old mate.

The focus at the festival was on frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty, who have had a well-publicised love-hate relationship, but they seemed never to have exchanged a cross word as they shared a tender moment duetting on a single microphone for crowd favourite Music When The Lights Go Out.

After the band's hour-long set Barat and Doherty embraced three times and walked off with their arms around one another's shoulders.

The band will perform at Leeds Festival's sister event in Reading on Saturday.

Press Association

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