Pete’s Back

In Day to Day on August 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm


Stints in jail, that trashed bedsit and countless public falling outs with his Libertine bandmates mean that a large amount of Pete Doherty’s reputation has nothing to do with his music and more to with the ups and downs of his personal life. Over the weekend, at The Blues Kitchen, he focussed on the former and played one of his first gigs since he’s been out.

His all over-the-place stage persona is one that is hard to shake, so it was not much of a surprise that when he performed in Camden (at 4 in the afternoon so as not to break curfew) this Saturday, he ambled onto the stage with a trademark fag dangling from his lips. The outgrown hair, black clothes and gold chain are all still there too but there was something different about this gig.

After his time in jail, many people haven’t realised that Pete has been released – the media hype around him has lessened and he is starting to play more gigs, including dates at the O2 academy Brixton. The gig I went to on Saturday was packed out with fans (and weirdly, Nikki from Big Brother), proving his long standing appeal despite ups and downs.

With a set list spanning from both Babyshambles and the Libertines, the intimate performance was the first time I had seen him perform live after turning down the opportunity to see him play at The Dirty South about two years ago. I wasn’t disapointed – Don’t Look Back into the Sun, my favourite song of the evening was amazing to hear live and the crowd reaction was incredible. Standing outside, it was hilarious watching people trying to work out why hundreds of people were crammed into a dark pub singing along (in that boozy, toneless way only gig crowds can achieve) on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

If you want to see him play, you can buy tickets here. 

  1. It is weird how much the media hype surrounding him has gone- I had no idea that he had been released!

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