Hundreds of fans tried to get backstage to meet Doherty and Carl Barat following their Corona Capital performance
The Libertines played their first ever gig in Mexico with Pete Doherty last night (November 21), amid frenzied scenes at Mexico City festival Corona Capital.
Although the band had visited Mexico without Doherty back in 2004, this was the first time the frontman had ever been to the country. He was mobbed by well-wishers when he arrived at Mexico City’s airport wearing a sombrero (see video below), and a number of fans have also been camped outside The Libertines hotel during their stay.
Meanwhile, following their headline slot on the Doritos stage at Capital Corona last night a large number of festival goers tried to storm the backstage area to get closer to their idols. Security prevented them getting access.
The bands performance itself was characteristically ramshackle, with a mixture of old and new material. Crowd favourites included ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ and this year’s comeback single ‘Gunga Din’, while an extended version of ‘The Good Old Days’ offered something new on an old classic.
Before playing ‘Death On The Stairs’ Doherty, who has lived in Paris, paid a brief tribute to the victims of the recent terror attacks there, simply saying “Liberté, égalité, fraternité – vive la France”.
A fifteen minute encore saw the band play more old material including ‘What A Waster’, ‘Up The Bracket’ and a snippet of ‘Albion’, with drummer Gary Powell wearing a sombrero and both Doherty and Barat draping themselves in the Mexican flag. Following a brief Doherty-only rendition of ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, the duo then left the stage arm in arm.
Corona Capital continues today with performances from Calvin Harris, Pixies, Shamir and Circa Waves, among others.
The Libertines will now travel to Hong Kong to play their last scheduled gig of 2015, at the Clockenflap festival on November 28.
The Libertines played:
Can’t Stand Me Now
Fame And Fortune
Time For Heroes
Music When The Lights Go Out
What Katy Did
Boys In The Band
The Ha Ha Wall
Last Post On The Bugle
Death On The Stairs
Tell The King
The Good Old Days (extended version)
What A Waster
Up The Bracket
I Get Along
Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
Music When The Lights Go Out (excerpt)