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Pete Doherty: 'As soon as I get 12 Number Ones I'll buy the tabloids out and have a huge bonfire'

Libertines frontman reveals distate for journalists and tabloid media in new interview

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The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty has said that he would buy out all of the tabloid newspapers and burn them to the ground if he had enough money.

Doherty made his view on the media known in a new interview with Time Out. Asked how he deals with being in the newspapers regularly, Doherty gave a strongly worded reply that made his negative opinion on journalists and the places they work perfectly clear.

"The tabloids can fucking kiss it, man," Doherty said. "As soon as I get 12 Number Ones I'll buy them out and have a huge bonfire. All the fucking journalists will be tied up, gagged and bound in flammable gaffer tape. All the people saying, 'Pete Doherty put on weight', they'll see! I'll lose a stone as the sweat pours from me while their carcasses go up in flames. The squeals of their last breaths."

Sitting beside him in the joint interview, bandmate Carl Barât appeared to apologise for Doherty and said: "It's been a long day."

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Elsewhere in the interview, Doherty took exception to the idea that the way he and Barât behave on stage is contrived and choreographed.

"We're being asked to analyse the changes and the differences, just to placate the naysayers," he said. "I'm scared to share a microphone with him now because people say it's a gimmick. Sometimes I do rush over [to the mic], but that's only because after you have had a few drinks and smoked a certain amount you get that really nice smell on your breath. You know, like when your lover has got that winey, smoky taste. Not that Carl's my lover... I'd rather toss off a frog."

The Libertines release new album 'Anthems For Doomed Youth', their first LP in 11 years, on September 11 – with the record pushed back a week from its original date. It follows the group's 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut 'Up The Bracket'.

The band recently discussed experimenting with their signature sound for the upcoming LP, which will include the use of synths, in an interview with NME.

Pete Doherty and Carl Barât will join their Libertines bandmates as they headline Reading And Leeds Festival this weekend (August 28-30). They join fellow headliners Mumford & Sons and Metallica on the bill.
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