This week Pete Doherty played two nights at Paris’ Bataclan. It’s been just over a year since it was hit by terrorist attacks that killed 89, after which the venue organisers issued a statement saying: “It will reopen, no question about it. Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.” Doherty unleashed his rousing set in the same spirit, including his Bataclan-inspired song ‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ and French national anthem The Marseillaise. See what it looked like below.
Prior to Pete’s set was a support slot from guitarist Jack Jones, who had the name of Nick Alexander written on his chest in tribute.
Doherty was originally set to be reopening the venue with his gig, but his place was taken by Sting. Pete played two nights, though: one on November 16, where these photos were taken, and another the following day.
The lyrics to ‘Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven’ adorned this French flag – a song Pete has told NME is “about the fucking Bataclan … how we’re under attack.”
After taking off his jacket he later threw his guitar, a harmonica, a mic stand and a tambourine into the audience.
The defining moment of the evening was when Doherty and Carl Barât sang the Marseillaise together, backed by a violin: a fitting two-fingers to the attack on the Bataclan 12 months ago.