The Libertines reunited on stage the other night (24 August) in London for a “live rehearsal” – their first stage performance as a four-piece since they split in 2004. Read our live report in full.
The Libertines played their first official comeback show the following night (August 25). Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell took to the stage to the sound of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to a packed crowd at the HMV Forum, playing a 21-song set that kicked off with fan-favourite ‘Horrorshow’.
Other tracks aired by the four-piece included ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Death On The Stairs’ and a version of ‘Up The Bracket’ that featured a snippet of ‘Radio America’ as an intro.
We’ve just produced a special collectors’ magazine devoted to The Libertines, which you can order here. Keep clicking to see a collection of stunning pictures from the mag.
Pete Doherty reads a Libertines live review in NME. Our new special edition mag was edited by Jamie Fullerton, who’s also written a blog post about his memories of the band.
Pete Doherty with Bernard Butler. The former Suede guitarist produced the Libertines’ first single ‘What A Waster/I Get Along’, and was originally in the frame to produce the second album.
This press shot, taken at London’s Spring Studios in May 2002, was initially kept under wraps by The Libertines’ label Rough Trade, who were worried the red jackets would invite comparisons with crimson coat-loving Menswear.
Pete with DJ/socialite Tabitha Denholm, whom he dated in the early days of the band.
Carl Barat recording the Libertines’ second album.
Another shot from an early press shoot with photographer Roger Sargent.
Recording the second album in London.
A spread from NME Icons: The Libertines.
An early shot of the band playing in ‘The Albion Rooms’ – ie their flat in east London.
Carl Barat with Johnny Borrell, who played bass in an early incarnation of The Libertines before forming Razorlight.
Pete in his flat, 2004, during a particularly druggy period when he was estranged from the band. Read the full interview, and loads more encounters with The Libertines, in NME Icons: The Libertines.
An ‘alternative’ version of The Libertines Pete Doherty geared up in 2003 when estranged from the version with Carl Barat in it. The singer is ‘Scarborough’ Steve – who was in The Libs when they first formed.
The Libs onstage in London in 2004.
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