Pete Doherty speaks about Dirty Pretty Things split

Babyshambles man makes Carl Barat dedication at solo show

Pete Doherty made a dedication to his former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat last night (October 2) at a solo show at the Hackney Empire in London.

The singer/guitarist spoke about Barat‘s band Dirty Pretty Things splitting up. The four-piece, also featuring former Libertine Gary Powell, announced their break-up on Wednesday (September 30).

“I’d like to dedicate this song to Carlos Barat,” Doherty declared before playing Libertines B-side ‘Plan A’ acoustically to open his set.


“He announced the death of Dirty Pretty Things,” he continued. “They’re going to see out the tour but after that, that’s that.”

After playing the song Doherty left the stage to make way for a four-piece band that included Wolfman – who Doherty had a UK Top Ten hit with in 2004 with ‘For Lovers’.

The ensemble played ‘Withdrawn And Shaken’, ‘Darksome Sea’, ‘Broken Love Song’ and the aforementioned ‘For Lovers’. The songs were written by Wolfman, although may appear on Doherty‘s forthcoming solo album.

Following the short set Doherty returned to the stage and played a set of songs by Babyshambles, The Libertines, his solo compositions and three covers.

He was joined by a plethora of guests. Those who made cameos included his former Pentonville prison cell-mate The General (for ‘Pentonville Rough’) and singer Dot Allison (for ‘Sheepskin Tearaway’).

Plenty of uninvited guests made appearances – with fans continuously running on stage before being carted off by security guards.


Two particularly enthusiastic female fans caused an interlude by clasping Doherty‘s arms around them and refusing to budge for a good few minutes, before a security guard managed to prise them off the bemused frontman.

Doherty covered The La’s‘I Can’t Sleep’ as well as The Smiths‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ and closed the show with Dandy Livingstone‘s ‘A Message To You Rudy’, famously covered by The Specials on their eponymous 1979 debut album.

The gig ended chaotically, with Doherty‘s friends and associates storming the stage to dance along to the climax.

Pete Doherty played:

‘Plan A’


‘Harry Was A Champion’


‘Sheepskin Tearaway’

‘What Katy Did’

‘I Can’t Sleep’

‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’

‘All At Sea’

‘Can’t Stand Me Now’


‘Pentonville Rough’

‘La Belle Et La Bette’

‘Albion’ (with ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ interlude)

‘I Wish’

‘Fuck Forever’

‘A Message To You Rudy’ (with ‘Pipedown’ and ‘Billy Bilo’ interludes)