PETE REPLACEMENT REVEALED

Carl Barat speaks to NME.COM at T In The Park…

Libertines star CARL BARAT has confirmed to NME.COM who their replacement guitarist will be at T IN THE PARK.

As previously reported, the band’s July festival appearances will be their first gigs since cancelling all dates in June because of Pete Doherty’s addiction to drugs. As a result they’ve decided to carry on without him.

NME.COM can reveal that for the last week the group have been in a secret rehearsal space in Bath, where they’ve been rehearsing with Anthony Rossomando, who has played with the band before.

He joined the group temporarily last year for gigs without Pete, including the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds festivals.

Carl told NME.COM: “We’ve been down in Bath getting ready for this gig. I’m going to do my best with the songs and I hope the response will be reciprocal.”

Barat confirmed that the group will be playing new songs from their forthcoming second album, which is due on August 30.

Before their set the band, like Keane, made an appearance at the NME Signing Tent. By the time The Libertines arrived the crowd was the biggest of the day, with the three members of the band signing all manner of objects including Wellington boots, pictures, CDs and even a girl’s naked chest.