The recently reunited Libertines back in a tiny Camden pub, just like the old days? Yes, it happened. Here’s what went down at their impromptu gig last night…
Last night, The Libertines crammed a horde of fans into Camden’s Blues Kitchen for an intimate secret gig. The show was the smallest the four members have played together since 2004.
The band played 28 songs over the course of 90 minutes, including covers and tracks from the new album, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’. Understandably, Pete needed a bit of a breather at times.
At one point, Pete told the audience it was Carl’s dream “to crowdsurf from the stage to the bar”, a statement his bandmate quickly took advantage of. He soon returned with a bottle of rum, which he poured into Pete’s mouth and the mouths of fans in the front row.
The Libertines’ set featured numerous covers including ‘Someday’ by The Strokes, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ by The Clash and, more bizarrely, Ritchie Cordell’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, most famously recorded by ’80s pop star Tiffany. The latter prompted one of the biggest singalongs of the night.
The band also aired ‘France’, a song which was included on their 2004 self-titled second album as a hidden track.
As midnight drew near, the band except for Pete left the stage. The singer remained, picked up an acoustic guitar and started playing ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, as his bandmates gradually filtered back onstage.
A mass stage invasion occurred during ‘I Get Along’, with Pete gesturing to fans to join the group on stage. Carnage followed, with Pete and Carl ending up on the floor.