Babyshambles singer PETE DOHERTY raced overseas from PARIS last night (January 31) to headline a special benefit concert in LONDON to help children who suffered in the ASIAN tsunami.
The ex-Libertines guitarist, who has a reputation for turning up late or not at all, was surprisingly prompt for the packed out charity gig at The Garage in north London.
Although the original plan for the Children Of The Tsunami Concert was to play two nights at the capital’s Astoria, organisers Samantha Morton, Pearl Lowe, Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey and Welsh comic genius Rhys Ifans still managed to arrange a storming show in a short space of time.
Speaking before the gig Goffey told NME.COM: “We’ve been trying arrange this show for the last two weeks. The original gigs fell through at the Astoria but Sam Morton has been amazing in setting this up and I’m really pleased that we’ve finally got these bands together tonight to do this because we’ve raised about two grand.”
The night included thunderous performances from support acts Ed Harcourt, who got a major thumbs up from Goffey and Ifans after they were both spotted nodding their heads at the front of the crowd, and The Rakes.
But the biggest cheer came when Pete swaggered on stage with a pair of shades and a black leather jacket for an eventful 30-minute set, which involved plenty of crowd surfing, stagediving and beer.
The singer introduced the band’s new drummer Adam Ficek, who was recently drafted in to replace Gemma Clarke, before Babyshambles tore into ‘The Man Who Came To Stay’.
Ficek had a relatively stress free night settling into his new band almost unnoticed.
The security on the other hand had to contend with several fans trying to hug and kiss their hero as they charged the stage.
Pete even challenged one of them to a race before they both stagedived into the crowd for [a][/a] track ‘What Katie Did’.
Babyshambles also performed throttling renditions of ’Black Boy Lane’ and ’In Love With A Feeling’.
The show eventually culminated in Doherty diving into the crowd and singing ‘Fuck Forever’ while the bouncers fought hard to free him from his fans.