Johnny Borrell says he won’t be at Libertines reunion show

Singer-songwriter also says he doesn't think Razorlight would get a break in today's 'appalling' musical climate

Razorlight frontman and early Libertines member Johnny Borrell has said he “didn’t really know anything about” The Libertines’ 2014 reunion.

The singer-songwriter was speaking to Metro when he claimed that news of the comeback show from The Libertines, who will play London’s Hyde Park on July 5, had passed him by. Borrell played bass with the band in their early days.

Asked if he would be attending the band’s reunion gig in Hyde Park, Borrell said: “Ah, no. I didn’t really know anything about it. Look, I don’t know anything about what’s going on in culture and I really have very little interest in it. As a musician I think you’re more likely to find out what’s going on by just walking down the street with a guitar than by having any clue about who’s playing which festival, or whatever.”

Borrell also showed disdain for the present-day music scene, insisting that something like his hit Razorlight single ‘Golden Touch’, which reached Number Nine in 2004, would not hit the charts now.

Borrell said: “A song like ‘Golden Touch’ wouldn’t get anywhere near the radio today… Everyone I know who likes music is appalled [by the musical landscape]. My mate’s a mechanic and sometimes I go and work in the garage and they listen to Radio 1 all day, and from what I hear, I don’t think a label would ever get behind a song like [Razorlight hit] ‘Somewhere Else’ nowadays.”

Meanwhile, Razorlight have announced details of their first live date since 2012.

The band will perform at the Electric Ballroom in London ahead of a summer of festival dates. The gig takes place on June 4 and falls 10 years after the release of debut album ‘Up All Night.’

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