Babyshambles man plays solo gig in London
Pete Doherty played a solo show at London’s Rhythm Factory venue last night (December 16), running through a variety of Babyshambles and Libertines songs.
The evening had got off to a chaotic start before Doherty’s arrival.
During support band the Television Personalities’ set, Alan Wass, former singer of Libertines-associated band Left Hand, invaded the stage.
Standing at the front of the stage looking highly intoxicated, Wass refused to leave the frontman position, despite the band’s continued aggressive calls for him to leave.
Eventually five security guards bundled Wass from the stage, allowing the Television Personalities to continue.
Later in the evening, at 11:55pm GMT, Doherty took the stage wearing a suit, baggy white shirt and necklace, performing opener ‘Fuck Forever’ with just electric guitar.
After performing ‘Carry On Up The Morning’ Doherty defied the smoking ban by puffing on a lit cigarette.
Then before playing ‘UnBiloTitled’, the Babyshambles man chanted “Rangers ‘til I die”, a reference to his favourite football club, Queen’s Park Rangers.
In the middle of the set, just before performing ‘You’re My Waterloo’, a fan threw a plastic cup at the stage, prompting Doherty to laugh and say, “What was that – a Christmas present?”
The jovial tone took a darker edge slightly later on, however, as during the last song of the main set, ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, a female fan in the front row passed out due to dehydration and had to be carried backstage by security, where she came to.
Following a short break Doherty returned for a three-song encore then left the stage to rapturous applause.
“It went alright!” Doherty told NME.COM as he left the stage. “There were a few songs I haven’t played there in fucking years!
“The last time I did a solo set for that length of time was at Hackney Empire,” he continued, referring to the gigs he played in April this year. It was great!”
Pete Doherty played:
‘Pay The Lady’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Carry On Up The Morning’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘La Belle Et La Bette’
‘Tell The King’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘What A Waster’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Lady Don’t You Fall Backwards’
‘Bollywood To Battersea’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Through The Looking Glass’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katy Did’
Pete Doherty plays again at the venue tonight and tomorrow (December 17 and 18) with Babyshambles. See NME.COM for full reports.