Pete Doherty makes post-prison comeback

Band joined by Shane MacGowan in London

Pete Doherty made his live comeback with Babyshambles last night (May 14) at the London Kentish Town Forum.

The gig was his first since being released from Wormwood Scrubs prison, where he served 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching probation.

Doherty arrived at the venue at 9:20pm (BST) and signed a guitar for a fan before entering the building. He had a brief acoustic jam upstairs in the Babyshambles dressing room before heading onstage and opening with ‘Pipedown’.


The singer/guitarist joked about being “a bit rusty” and draped a flag over the drum kit.

Eight songs into the set The Pogues‘ frontman Shane MacGowan came onstage and performed vocals for Ewan MacColl‘s song ‘Dirty Old Town’, wearing a large top hat. Later in the set Babyshambles covered ‘Cool For Cats’ by Squeeze.

The set was raucous and frenetic, with Doherty clearly pumped to be back on stage. There were a series of fan invasions during the gig, with security guards tussling with crowd members as they attempted to get near the singer.

The band ended with an encore, including regular set closer ‘Fuck Forever’.

Babyshambles played:



‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’



‘Untitled New Song’

‘Carry On Up The Morning’

‘Baddie’s Boogie’

‘Dirty Old Town’

‘I Wish’

‘Cool For Cats’

‘Side Of The Road’

‘Untitled New Song’



‘Crumb Begging Baghead’


‘Back From The Dead’

‘Fuck Forever’

Get this week’s issue of NME on UK newsstands now, for Doherty‘s only post prison interview and exclusive extracts from his prison diary.