And he describes it as "a dream come true"...

Libertines’ drummer GARY POWELL is to play with the recently reformed glam punk legends New York Dolls.

The sticksman will perform with the group as part of this year’s Meltdown festival, taking place at London’s Royal Festival Hall between June 11-27, with New York Dolls performing on June 18.

Powell said: “(Singer) David Johansen was looking for a drummer, I got the call from our booking agent and was asked if I’d like to perform with New York Dolls! What sort of a question is that? Of course I’d like to do it!”

He added: “New York Dolls brought punk sensibilities to music before The Sex Pistols or Libertines had even started. To be able play songs like ‘Jet Boy’, ‘Personality Crisis’ and ‘Weekdays’ would be a dream come true.”

Morrissey will also be playing during the festival as a support act for [a][/a], though which of the three dates they will play is yet to be confirmed.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the full Meltdown line-up is:

Morrissey (Royal Festival Hall, June 11)

Sparks (Royal Festival Hall, 12)

‘We Are All In The Gutter. An Evening With Mr Wilde’ Devised and directed by Neil Bartlett (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 13)

Loudon Wainwright III (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 15)

The Films Of Bob Gruen (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 16)

An Audience With Alan Bennett (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 17)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 17)

The New York Dolls (Royal Festival Hall, 18)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 18)

Jane Birkin / Ari Up (Royal Festival Hall, 19)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 19)

Nancy Sinatra (Royal Festival Hall, 20)

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 23-24)

Morrissey (Royal Festival Hall, 25-26)

Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) featuring Yvonne Kenny (Royal Festival Hall, 27)

For tickets contact the Meltdown festival on 08703 808 300 or click [url=]here.