Libertines’ UK tour came to a chaotic end last week with the band axing their tour manager because he was too strict.
This week’s NME cover stars played a homecoming show at London’s legendary 100 Club as their mammoth 22-date tour neared its end.
Frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty were visibly weary, but they put in an intense performance in the aftermath of one of the most debauched tours in recent rock history.
NME.COM can reveal that Libertines’ tour antics prompted their soundman to quit in disgust, while the tour manager – who has successfully worked on tours for 20 years – was asked to leave when he attempted to keep control of the wayward band.
NME.COM has heard accounts from the band, fans and insiders from the tour which include stories of drug use, alcohol binges, groupies, fights and trouble with locals. Carl and Pete are also rumoured to have blown £10,000 on a massive bender, after they received a rumoured £400,000 publishing deal.
An insider told NME: “The tour manager is a really nice bloke. But he runs a tight ship, which didn’t go down well with Carl and Pete. He’s been doing it for 22 years and he said he hadn’t seen anything as bad. It was debauchery. He said that in comparison The Strokes were pussycats.”