The recently reunited Libertines back in a tiny Camden pub, just like the old days? Yes, it happened. Here’s what went down at their impromptu gig last night…
Last night, The Libertines crammed a horde of fans into Camden’s Blues Kitchen for an intimate secret gig. The show was the smallest the four members have played together since 2004.
The band played 28 songs over the course of 90 minutes, including covers and tracks from the new album, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’. Understandably, Pete needed a bit of a breather at times.
At one point, Pete told the audience it was Carl’s dream “to crowdsurf from the stage to the bar”, a statement his bandmate quickly took advantage of. He soon returned with a bottle of rum, which he poured into Pete’s mouth and the mouths of fans in the front row.
Earlier in the evening, all four members had been drinking with friends at nearby pub The Dublin Castle, with Pete Doherty getting onstage unannounced there to sing ‘Albion’ to the small, surprised crowd. His co-frontman Carl Barat joined him to play drums on the track.
The Libertines’ set featured numerous covers including ‘Someday’ by The Strokes, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ by The Clash and, more bizarrely, Ritchie Cordell’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, most famously recorded by ’80s pop star Tiffany. The latter prompted one of the biggest singalongs of the night.
Fans shouted requests throughout the set and all four members taking turns to stagedive into the crowd at various times. Pete also threw his mic stand and red Gibson guitar into the audience several times.
New songs aired in the set included the Camden-referencing ‘Fame & Fortune’ and comeback single ‘Gunga Din’. ‘Barbarians’, which the band had played earlier in the evening on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ also featured.
Pete also payed tribute to two of his late friends in Amy Winehouse and Alan Wass by playing snippets of their songs ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and ‘Hired Gun’ respectively.
The band also aired ‘France’, a song which was included on their 2004 self-titled second album as a hidden track.
As midnight drew near, the band except for Pete left the stage. The singer remained, picked up an acoustic guitar and started playing ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, as his bandmates gradually filtered back onstage.
A mass stage invasion occurred during ‘I Get Along’, with Pete gesturing to fans to join the group on stage. Carnage followed, with Pete and Carl ending up on the floor.
The pair gamely continued the song, before closing the set with a rendition of cockney standard ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’.
Before leaving the stage and fans were ushered out of the venue, Carl told the audience the band would “see them again sometime soon”.