Tour postponed, band sacked, will the album ever be released?...
A shadow hung over the future of Babyshambles last week as their UK tour was postponed amid claims that PETE DOHERTY had sacked the rest of the band.
As of last Friday (July 15), the other three members, Drew McConnell, Adam Ficek and Pat Walden, hadn’t spoken to Doherty as sessions for their debut album fell even further behind schedule.
Things came to a head after Doherty returned from Paris, where he appeared with The Paddingtons to celebrate the birthday and new fashion collection of Dior’s designer Hedi Slimane.
Friends say that one of the reasons for the fall out is that Doherty is unhappy over a remix of ‘Fuck Forever’ was done after the single had already been released to radio.
NME.COM understands the radio reaction to ‘Fuck Forever’ was not as good as anticipated, so another producer was brought in to try out a remix. But Doherty wasn’t at the session and as a result, the version is likely to become lost forever.
Additionally on July 14 the band’s forthcoming UK tour was pulled at short notice. The official explanation was that Babyshambles needed more time to work on the album. However, while the dates have yet to be rescheduled, though tickets for some shows remain on sale. Promoters insist that a tour will go ahead, perhaps as soon as two weeks’ time.
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