THE MAN WHO CAME TO PLAY

Babyshambles play warm-up show with their troubled leader…

PETE DOHERTY returned to the stage this evening (February 21) for the first time since his legal troubles began three weeks ago.

Joining Babyshambles for a warm-up gig ahead of tomorrow night’s show at the London Carling Brixton Academy, Doherty played a nine song set at the London Garage.

Arriving onstage promptly at 8.50pm to comply with his bail conditions, a well-looking Doherty appeared in a pinstripe suit before stripping down to his bare chest, briefly giving the audience a glimpse of his anti-drug Naltrexone implant.

The 35 minute show was Babyshambles first gig together since a Tsunami benefit – also at the London Garage – on January 31, and marked new drummer Adam Ficek’s second appearance with the band.

The songs played were:

‘Stix And Stones’

‘Killamangiro’

‘Do You Know Me’

‘My Darling Clementine’

‘In Love With a Feeling’

‘The Man Who Came To Stay’

‘What Katie Did’

‘Albion’

‘Fuck Forever’

Also appearing this evening were support acts General Khaki, The Cazals and Alan Wass, the latter of which is facing Robbery and Blackmail charges alongside Doherty.

With Babyshambles set ending with a rousing performance of possible future single ‘Fuck Forever’, there was no time for an encore due to Doherty’s 10pm curfew, however as previously reported a one-off midnight extension for tomorrow night’s show has been secured.