Russell Brand and Carl Barat premiere new band in Hollywood

Comic hails Libertines man as 'greatest UK rock star in the last 20 years'

Russell Brand and The LibertinesCarl Barat played a gig together last night (May 24) at Los Angeles venue The Roxy.

The duo have teamed up as part of Brand‘s new film Get Him To The Greek film, which Barat has contributed to the soundtrack to. In the film the comic plays a fictional rock star, and he paid tribute to Barat early on in the evening.

“In this film I play Aldous Snow, a fictional rockstar,” Brand told the audience. “Yes, you heard it right, fictional! Created from my own opiate-addled past. Let’s hear it for opiates! But I was helped also by real rock stars, some of whom are here tonight.”

Brand then introduced Barat by saying: “I’m about to give you the greatest rock star our country has produced in the last 20 years.”

After a short solo set from Barat, comprised of new solo material alongside The Libertines‘Time For Heroes’ and Dirty Pretty Things‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’, Brand‘s fictional band from the film, Infant Sorrow, took to the stage.

Playing a set of material written by musicians including Barat and Jarvis Cocker for the soundtrack, they were also joined by the Libertines singer at various points.

With Brand reading from lyric sheets to help him remember the vocals throughout the gig, the band ran through comedy-infused tracks including ‘Bangers Beans And Mash’ and ‘We Got The Clap’, as well as a song written by Cocker called ‘Just Say Yes’.

Speaking of Cocker, Brand joked that the former Pulp singer “couldn’t be bothered ” to appear at the gig.

Get Him To The Greek is released on June 4. It features cameo appearances from Christina Aguilera, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, P Diddy and Pharrell Williams.