The singer now says he doesn't feel like "a fucking monster"
Peter Doherty has stated that The Libertines‘ Benicassim headline show this July “put something back into place” in his life, curing the previous “problems” he had going on stage.
Speaking before the band’s Alexandra Palace shows last weekend (September 25-27), Doherty opened up about the band’s most recent reunion. “I am much happier. It used to be so crazy,” he told The Daily Star. “The last time we played together, Benicassim in Spain, I had the impression something had been put back into place in my life.”
He continued: “I’ve always had a lot of problems before going on stage. Not nerves, I don’t know what it is exactly, a kind of hallucinatory terror, that did not happen at Benicassim. There everything was fine. It had nothing to do with drugs, the crowd, or journalists, nothing to do with heroin, Kate Moss, Lily Allen or anyone else, but everything was good, and at the next Babyshambles concert it was the same.”
The Benicassim show came after a short series of gigs including a headline show at Hyde Park that formed part of the quartet’s second run of reunion shows. The band first reunited in 2010 for a small number of low-key warm up shows and gigs at Reading and Leeds festival.
Continuing to speak about the shows, Doherty added, “Because I’m not used to a lot of acceptance in general, I thought people would only be able to tolerate me, and it is not like that. I don’t feel like a fucking monster.”
Fellow frontman Carl Barat also spoke of his feelings about getting the band back together, stating, “Playing songs with the person with whom they were written, it is incomparable, it is another dimension, it is so powerful, touching, and beautiful” while Doherty went on to talk of his ambitions for the reunited group. “We were supposed to be a huge group, that was our goal, part of our plan, to break through, to reach as many hearts and souls as possible,” he said.
This comes after the band’s final Alexandra Palace show, where Doherty finished the gig by declaring that the band would “probably” record a new album.
Addressing the audience after a 25-song, career-spanning set, Doherty said, “We’re off to play in Europe, but the next time we play in England we’ll probably be playing new songs for a new record.”
The Libertines’ last studio LP was their 2004 self-titled second record.