The Libertines’ Gary Powell: ‘We weren’t just drug-taking idiots’

Meanwhile, Pete Doherty plays gig at Rose Ball in Monaco

The LibertinesGary Powell has insisted that his former band weren’t just “drug-taking idiots”.

According to the Press Association, the drummer hopes that the forthcoming Libertines flick There Are No Innocent Bystanders, which was directed by NME snapper Roger Sargent, will help people see the band in a different light.

He said: “It’s a bit of a love letter to the fans, but it will hopefully give people more of an understanding of what it means to be a Libertine and our group dynamics. When you say ‘Libertine’, a lot of people immediately think of Pete Doherty, drug-taking and Kate Moss instead of thinking of the music, and the camaraderie between us and the fans.”

He went on to add:

The biggest misconception is that we’re all a bunch of scally drug-taking idiots who are talentless and have no real love of music.

Powell – who added that he wanted people to “understand how integral music was in all of our lives” – also spoke about the possibility of a Libertines reunion in the future and said he would like to play with the band again, but only if all four members were on board.

“I’d love to do a reunion soiree, but all four of us would have to be involved,” he said. “If Pete or one of the others was not, I wouldn’t do it.”

Meanwhile, Doherty played a gig at the Rose Ball in Monaco over the weekend (March 24) alongside the likes of Miles Kane and Imelda May. You can see a picture of the Babyshambles frontman playing the gig above. According to tabloid reports, the show was watched by the likes of Roger Moore, Karl Lagerfeld and Prince Albert of Monaco.

Earlier this month (March 6), Carl Barat hinted at a Libertines reunion when he told NME that he and Doherty will “pick up where we left off” in the future – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch the video interview.

The UK tour of screenings of There Are No Innocent Bystanders, meanwhile, has been postponed. The film was due to be shown at a series of live screenings this month, but these have now been put back until April as Roger Sargent, who was due to host Q&As after each screening, has contracted tonsillitis.

The film will be available to buy on DVD on April 30 and it will also be shown in cinemas for one night only on March 27.

There Are No Innocent Bystanders will now be shown at:

O2 Academy Liverpool (April 25)
O2 Academy Birmingham 2 (27)
O2 ABC Glasgow (27)
O2 Academy Islington (May 2)
O2 Academy Bristol (4)
O2 Academy Newcastle (5)

To check the availability of The Libertines Film: There Are No Innocent Bystanders tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.