Pete Doherty, Carl Barât and co play HMV Forum 'live rehearsal'

The Libertines reunited onstage tonight (August 24) in London for a “live rehearsal” – their first stage performance as a four-piece since they split in 2004.

Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell played in the HMV Forum in front of an audience comprising friends of the band and family members.

They took to that stage at around 9.15pm (BST) and launched into ‘Horrorshow’. The venue had been kitted out with seats but the crowd, around 300 in number, burst to the front of the venue to greet the band.

During third song, ‘Vertigo’, Doherty and Barât shared the microphone for the first time at the show.

Songs from both the band’s studio albums were played, plus ‘Lust Of The Libertines’, an unreleased demo.

Following a short version of ‘Radio America’ that blended into ‘Up The Bracket’, The Libertines encored with the two songs from their double A-side 2002 debut single, ‘What A Waster’ and ‘I Get Along’. They ended the show by bowing in line at the front of the stage, a shirtless Powell hurling his drum sticks into the crowd and thanking the audience.

Tomorrow the band play the same venue in front of fans who bought tickets through an internet ballot. They play Leeds Festival on Friday and Reading Festival on Saturday.

The Libertines played:

‘Horrorshow’
‘The Delaney’
‘Vertigo’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Begging’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Lust Of The Libertines’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Tell The King’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katie Did’
‘The Saga’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Radio America’/’Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’

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