Dirty Pretty Things played their final show at London‘s Astoria 2 last night (December 20).
Carl Barat and co. announced they were splitting up on October 1, with last night’s show their final live commitment.
After the gig Carl Barat and Anthony Rossomando gave an exclusive interview to NME.COM. See the NME Office blog for the full interview and a video message from the duo.
Arriving on stage at 9:10pm (GMT), Dirty Pretty Things kicked into 2006 single ‘Wondering’, generating a massive response from a crowd (including Babyshambles‘ Drew McConnell) eager to see the band play together one last time.
With the band looking relaxed throughout their set, Barat introduced the gig as “our last waltz” before playing ‘Buzzards And Crows’, the opening track from 2008 album ‘Romance At Short Notice’.
At one point Barat punched the air and pogoed around the stage as the rest of his band launched into ‘Chinese Dogs’. The frontman would later jokingly spit water in bassist Didz Hammond‘s face, mid-way through playing ‘The Enemy’. The incident caused both to burst into laughter and consequently mess up their vocals.
Barat also revealed that Hammond had become a father again after his wife “had a baby daughter this very morning,” although NME understands that the child was actually born the day before (December 19).
In between acknowledging and waving to fans chanting his name, drummer Gary Powell donned a Mexican wrestling-style mask, wearing the garment for the duration of ‘Last Of The Small Town Playboys’.
Powell later said to fans: “If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here – this is a momentous occasion! Thank you!”
Referring to the band’s split from the stage, guitarist Anthony Rossomando said: “I just want to say thank you to everybody we’ve met over our short life – it’s been a privilege.”
Dirty Pretty Things saved their biggest songs – 2006 debut single ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’ and ‘Deadwood’ – until the encore, which saw both fans and band getting a little emotional.
During the final song, ‘You Fucking Love It’, Rossomando dived headfirst into the baying crowd, taking his guitar with him.
At the set’s finale all four bandmembers gathered towards the front of the stage, hugged and then bowed.
An emotional-looking Barat, stood with his arms around his bandmates, signed off with a simple message for fans, saying: “Thank you very much, we’ve been Dirty Pretty Things! Happy Christmas!”
The band later played DJ sets at the Astoria 2, taking time to meet with fans and sign autographs.
Dirty Pretty Things played:
‘Doctors & Dealers’
‘Buzzards And Crows’
‘Kicks Or Consumption’
‘No Signal, No Battery’
‘Tired Of England’
‘Blood On My Shoes’
‘Last Of The Small Town Playboys’
‘Gin & Milk’
‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’
‘You Fucking Love It’
Head to the NME Office blog to read the band’s final interview and watch a video message to fans from Barat and Rossomando.