The Libertines will ‘probably’ record new album, Peter Doherty tells Alexandra Palace crowd

Band played three headline shows at north London venue

The Libertines closed the last of their three sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace this weekend (September 28) by announcing that they’d be releasing a new album.

“We’re off to play in Europe,” Peter Doherty said at the end of ‘I Get Along’, “but the next time we play in England we’ll probably be playing new songs for a new record.” Continuing, he joked, “Thanks for all your support. Don’t forget all the various solo projects are still continuing. There’s copies of my book in the shop on the right.”

The news came at the close of a show which saw both Pete and Carl Barat take solo acoustic slots, for a rousing singalong of ‘Fuck Forever’ and ‘The Ballad Of Grimaldi’ respectively.

The gig, which featured no new material and largely followed the setlists of the two previous Alexandra Palace dates, also included Pete picking up a book called What The Bible Can Teach Us that was thrown onto the stage and pretending to read the lyrics to ‘My Old Man (Said Follow The Van)’ from it. During the reading, Doherty changed the lyrics of the song to reflect the gig, singing, “My old man said ‘Get back in the band’ and play the Ally Pally on the way”.

Entering after a support set from Liverpool band Circa Waves, who brought out new track ‘Lost In’ as well as singles ‘So Long’ and ‘Get Away’ during their 30 minute slot, the rest of The Libertines’ set was unusually chat-free. Doherty joked “this is our last song of the night; it’s been a long weekend” after fourth track ‘Time For Heroes’ and incited a call-and-response chant with the crowd before ‘Tell The King’ but remained reasonably quiet for the rest of the evening.

Doherty was clad in a black trilby, while Barat donned the band’s trademark red military coat at the start before changing into a black leather jacket midway through. Vera Lynn’s 1939 track ‘We’ll Meet Again’ introduced the band as they emerged to a screen bearing their name, while at various points through the gig, images of the group’s 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’ and old gig and backstage footage flashed up on the screens.

The Libertines played:

‘The Delaney’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katie Did’
‘The Ballad Of Grimaldi’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘The Saga’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Tell The King’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘Fuck Forever’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘Don’t Be Shy (snippet)’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’