The Libertines – ill fated band of lawfully-challenged crack den poet Pete Doherty and his favourite “frenemy” Carl Barat – have announced they will reunite to bring their 1970s style of garage rock to this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK.
The band split six years ago following the intense fallout of the Doherty-Barat bromance for which the increasing hardcore drug use of Pete Doherty was held largely responsible.
The reunion will see all four original members of the band get back on stage – Doherty, Barat, bassist John Hassell and drummer Gary Powell – and is pretty much guaranteed to draw some of the biggest crowds at both festivals. That is, assuming that Pete won’t be in jail (again) at the time, after his recent arrest .
Following the announcement, Doherty spoke to NME: “I can’t really believe it yet. I haven’t quite digested it. It’s been a bit of a pipe dream.”
Although The Libertines only released two albums: ‘Up the Bracket’ (2002) and ‘The Libertines’ (2004), the group was one of the biggest bands in Britain – considered one of the most influential and important British bands of the last ten years according to several critics, but also one of the most notorious – thanks to Doherty’s notorious bad boy antics and the very public lovers quarrel between the band’s central members.
Anyway, this is about the most exciting thing to happen since Ricky Martin came out .