It might be a love, love relationship at the minute between Pete Doherty and band mate Carl Barat but it wasn’t always this way, but one thing we do know is that it has always been love, love for us.
With the release of their first album in 11 years, Anthems for Doomed Youth, along with their Arena tour at the beginning of 2016, we decided to have a little look back at the troublesome duo and can’t help but feel a little bit excited to see them perform again on stage for the first time since the glory days of the early noughties.
It was around 2004 when the pair were at the height of fame and at the same time both were on a very slippery slope into a world of drugs, living up to the phrase ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’ quite well, if not making it seem somewhat of an understatement. However, it didn’t stop the writing genius prevailing producing a string of hits such as Can’t Stand Me Now and Don’t Look Back Into The Sun.
So, to celebrate the return of the rock icons to the big stage we thought we would put together 10 facts about the band with the help of music magazine, NME, which you might not already know about!
- Pete Doherty got 11 top GCSE'S, four top A levels and an offer from Oxford University to study English Literature. He's also a published poet.
- When the boys moved into their North London flat, they formed a band with neighbour Steve ‘Scarborough Steve’ Bedlow and called themselves The Strand, creating an early incarnation of The Libertines.
- Pete Doherty duetted with Elton John at Live 8 in London, performing T Rex hit ‘Children Of The Revolution’.
- On August 11 2003, Pete pleaded guilty in a preliminary hearing to the charge of burglary for breaking into Carl’s flat while he was away in Japan on tour without Doherty. ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ charted at Number Eleven during this time, their highest position up until that point.
- Carl was left partially deaf after having a tumour behind his ear removed back in 2005.
- Pete and Carl took the band's name from the 17th century Marquis De Sade novel ‘The Lusts Of The Libertines’ – which features the risqué subjects of sexual perversion, bondage and sado-masochism!
- Their debut album's title ('Up The Bracket') is a reference to a phrase from Hancock's Half Hour, a slang term that means a punch in the throat.
- Pete was admitted to the Priory twice over four weeks in May/June 2004, leaving early both times. The day he left for the second time, he went to see Carl at his club night Dirty Pretty Things to speak to him and the rest of the band, they ended up playing a short set and it was the last time they would play together for more than six years.
- In 2008 the pair were rumoured to be working on a ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ musical for London’s Donmar Warehouse, but Carl told NME that reports that they were recording new material were rubbish and that the musical was off.
- At the 2009 NME Awards, Barat said that the pair were still the Libertines and Doherty said he’d been trying to “twist his arm” about a reunion.
So, if you want to take a step back in time and relive your youth get yourselves down to the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on January 27th 2015 and say hello once again to the new, clean-living Pete Doherty and Carl Barat. Go on, you know you want to...
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