And here's your chance to join him at a special series of shows...

PETE DOHERTY is lending his support to the Thai Monastery that tried and failed to help him beat his drug addiction.

Addict Pete fled the controversial treatment programme at the Thamkrabok Monastery after two separate rehab attempts in the UK and remains out of Libertines unless he cleans up. However, he has pledged to do all he can to help the Monastery, and will play one of the forthcoming benefit shows organised by associated charity TMBUK.

The profile of the Monastery has risen dramatically since musician Tim Arnold – one of its success stories – put Pete in touch with the monks with the help of his godmother June Brown, who plays Dot Branning in Eastenders.

Meanwhile, organisers have extended the invitation to upcoming bands who want the chance to join some big-name headliners at the series of shows, scheduled for September 23, October 28 and November 24. Interested bands should call Bob Morris or Sarah Gawler on 0207 378 7741 or email bob.m@productuk.co.uk or sarah.g@productuk.co.uk.

The shows are to raise money for TKBUK, the charity set up by Tim and June, which aims to pay for air fares to send addicts – after undergoing assessment – to Thailand for the treatment.