"There are all these managerial fuckeries with Babyshambles"
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The band have been inactive since 2014 following sporadic festival touring for their third album ‘Sequel To The Prequel‘ around the time of The Libertines reunion. However, in a new and in-depth interview with NME, Doherty has revealed that the band were asked to return, but he doubts whether it’s likely due to logistical and managerial reasons – as well as questioning whether they should have Mick Whitnall or original guitarist Pat Walden.
“Babyshambles were offered some money to have a comeback. Good band, they were – amazing tunes,” Doherty told NME.
Asked if the band have a future, he replied: “No, I don’t think so. There’s money involved, fucking hell. It doesn’t matter how much you love the songs. You can be like, ‘Oh are you going to get Babyshambles back together, Pete?’ But then who’s going to manage Babyshambles? There are all these managerial fuckeries with Babyshambles.
“Who are they anyway? Who’s going to play guitar? It’s gotta be Mick, but does Pat want to? Last time we tried to get Pat back, but should get Mick and Pat? If you’re gonna do Babyshambles you’ve got to play ‘Pipedown’, but then you’ve got to play ‘Fuck Forever’, and you can’t not play ‘I Wish’.”
Doherty also spoke to NME about mortality and turning 40, as the headlines that return to haunt him and his “fascination with smack and prison”, what he feels ‘Albion’ means in the era of Brexit, and the adventurous twists and turns that The Libertines’ new album is taking and progress on their hotel in Margate.
The debut album by Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres is out now.