Plus Stephen Street and Babyshambles members join him in London
Pete Doherty kicked off his solo UK tour earlier tonight (February 22) by playing a Shockwaves NME Awards show at the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, at which he was joined by guests including Blur‘s Graham Coxon.
Coxon, who plays guitar on Doherty‘s forthcoming solo album ‘Grace/Wastelands’, played for most of the set, which also included solo acoustic stints from the Babyshambles man plus a rendition of The Libertines classics ‘What A Waster’ and ‘Time For Heroes’.
Watch fan footage of the gig by clicking on the video below.
Doherty, wearing a dark suit and hat, opened the show with an acoustic rendition of The Libertines‘ ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’. Later he was joined by Coxon plus Babyshambles bandmates Drew McConnell and Adam Ficek, as well as a three-piece string section.
Later in the set guests including singer Dot Allison, producer Stephen Street (who played guitar) and guitarist John Robinson made appearances on stage.
The sold-out crowd, meanwhile, featured The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, TV presenter Tim Lovejoy and footballer Gareth Ainsworth – the player/coach for Doherty‘s favourite team, Queen’s Park Rangers.
Doherty kept chat to a minimum aside from introducing his guests plus asking the crowd what they thought of his “brand new set” before playing a one-song encore of ‘Time For Heroes’.
Pete Doherty played:
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘Last Of The English Roses’
‘A Little Death Around The Eyes’
‘Through The Looking Glass’
‘Palace Of Bone’
‘What A Waster’
‘The Lost Art Of Murder’
‘I Am The Rain’
‘Lady Don’t Fall Backwards’
‘Sweet By And By’
‘New Love Grows On Trees’
‘Broken Love Song’
‘Time For Heroes’