Doherty tells NME ‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ is about how Europe is ‘under attack’.
Pete Doherty has written a new song about the Paris terror attacks.
‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ was written following the attacks in November 2015, in which 130 were killed, many at the Bataclan club during an Eagles Of Death Metal concert.
Speaking to NME for this week’s cover interview, Doherty said: “’Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ is about the fucking Bataclan. It’s about how we’re under attack.”
Doherty added that he was concerned at how young the terrorists who carried out the attacks were. He said: “At that age, when you’re desperate to fight for something, it can catch you off balance. When you’ve got faith and belief, you’ll put as much into it as a lad who’s obsessed with guitars. So the lyrics are ‘Come on boys, choose your weapons/J-45 or an AK-47?’”
The song was previewed live during Doherty’s recent solo tour, which ended last weekend (May 27). It may be included on Doherty’s forthcoming second solo album, which will follow 2009’s ‘Grace/Wastelands’.
Doherty said that he enjoyed the solo tour more than The Libertines’ reunion shows, as he prefers playing smaller venues. Doherty said: “People are so far away at The Libertines shows. I don’t enjoy it, but I have to do it because it’s in my blood, it’s in my soul. It’s who I am, but I’d never use the word ‘fun’.”
The other three members of The Libertines joined Doherty on stage at a show at Hackney Empire on his recent tour, and Doherty revealed the band may play shows in South America this year. He said: “I’m always the last to know, of course, but apparently we’re playing some gigs in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to love it over there.”
The full interview is in this week’s issue. For details on how to find a free copy, see here.