PETE – LIBERTINES SPEAK OUT

The group confirm Pete Doherty won't do the UK tour, and tell NME.COM they "fully support" the guitarist through his "difficult time"...

Libertines’ have confirmed PETE DOHERTY will not join the band on their UK tour and the other members of the group have issued a statement to NME.COM saying they are “very concerned for his well being”.

As previously reported, the group have been touring Europe without Pete after he failed to show up for gigs. As a result they’ve been playing with their guitar tech in his place.

Earlier this week Pete announced he’d spoken to bandmate Carl Barat, and claimed Carl didn’t want to perform with him in his “current condition”.

Now, the other members of the band have issued a joint statement to NME.COM explaining why they want to go ahead with their UK tour, which begins this evening in Manchester, without him.

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: “The Libertines are not splitting up and their future is secure.

“The Libertines will be going ahead with their UK tour even though Peter Doherty will not appear at the shows.

“Peter is unwell and the band are very concerned for his well being, they have told him out of concern for his health that he needs to get better before he can rejoin them. They also want it to be known they fully support him through this difficult time.

“The band are going ahead with the tour and will be joined on guitar by 21 year old east Londoner Nick. It was an extremely difficult decision for Carl, Gary and John to continue with the tour, but they decided they would proceed so as not to disappoint their fans, who they trust will understand the adverse situation they are in.”

Libertines

made an emotional return without singer/songwriter Pete Doherty to the UK on Friday (June 20) in Manchester Academy 2 at the start of their largest UK tour to date.

Following two weeks of uncertainty regarding whether Pete would play or not, they decided to soldier on without him so as “not to disappoint fans”. A small number of fans – who had yet to hear the news of Pete’s temporary absence due to illness – chanted “where’s Pete?”. Carl dedicated fan favourite ‘The Delaney’ to Pete as the band motored through the set, playing an hour’s set of from their debut album and B-sides, as well as the forthcoming Doherty-penned single ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ which received a rapturous welcome.

On second guitar was guitar tech Nick who, has been filling in for Doherty recently.