Sunday night's drama is explained - and it inolves pain, personal freedom and a bit of a run...

Libertines have revealed the reason behind guitarist PETE DOHERTY’s shock exit from the stage on Sunday night (March 7) during their show at LONDON’s BRIXTON ACADEMY.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Doherty dramatically smashed his guitar on the floor and exited along with his bandmates. The rest of the band returned within minutes – playing as a three-piece with bassist John Hassall on backing vocals. Pete rejoined the band a couple of songs later for the last chorus of ‘Good Old Days’.

Apologising to the crowd, Doherty said: “Sorry about that. I had a bit of a strop.”

Today (March 9), drummer Gary Powell explained: “He’d been up all night – I think he just decided he needed a bit of fresh air, so he decided to smash a guitar, which is cool because we’ve got another one anyway, and then he decided to go for a run. He sliced his finger up with a razor blade beforehand as well so he was in a bit of pain and I think that he just needed to calm down for a minute.”

He told BBC Radio 1: “The whole concept of being a Libertines is freedom – freedom from all concepts of reality in modern day society so we should all back each other 100 percent. I back Peter 100 percent with whatever he wants to do, and he’d better back me or else I’ll kill him!”

The band played three sold-out nights at the venue last weekend, kicking off on Friday (March 5).

As previously reported on NME.COM, Doherty and co-frontman Carl Barat are to feature on the single ‘For Lovers’ on April 12 with their friend Wolfman.

The Wolfman featuring Peter Doherty release will be put out through on Rough Trade, with ‘Back From The Dead’ featuring as the B-side.