Injured Carl Barat still playing live

Broken bones can't stop him taking New York

Dirty Pretty Things performed a raucous show at New York‘s Bowery Ballroom – despite Carl Barat ’s broken collarbone.

Wearing a Union Jack sling, frontman Barat even managed to play guitar on one song during the show on August 14. Having enlisted the help of The PaddingtonsJosh Hubbard to play rhythm guitar on the tour, he still insisted on playing ‘France’ for the encore.

Playing a frantic set that included several Libertines songs including ‘I Get Along’, the usually tame New York audience showed their appreciation with flying beers and stage invasions.


Ex-New Yorker Anthony Rossomando even put his high school band skills to good use, playing trumpet on the opening melody of single ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’.

Following the show, the band took the party to Lower East Side club The Annex, where Barat, Hubbard and drummer Gary Powell acted as bartenders to guests including Adam Green and Interpol‘s Carlos D.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM at the party, Barat explained his decision to play his instrument.

He said: “I feel naked without my guitar. I set a precedent on the first night, now I have to keep playing that song live.”

Barat then tore his T-shirt attempting to show us his bruises. He revealed: “I have an insignia on my chest that looks like a ‘Star Trek’ badge and my elbow is completely black.”