Libertines reform for comeback gigs
Indie band The Libertines returned to the stage as they launched plans to play a series of comeback gigs this summer.
Frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were joined at a press conference at Boogaloo, a pub in Highgate, north London, by bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.
Doherty said: "Looking back, we did produce things we are so proud of and we want to get back to that."
The band, whose hits included Don't Look Back Into The Sun and Can't Stand Me Now, went on to play an impromptu gig for fans at the venue. The short set ended with an energetic performance of Can't Stand Me Now, which famously refers to the sometimes difficult relationship between the two frontmen.
Barat said the performance, the first featuring all four band members since the split, was "exhilarating". He said: "It felt good. Like scratching an itch".
The four, sitting on bar stools in front of two tables, took part in a short question and answer session with journalists.
Asked if there was any bitterness from their original split, Barat said: "There's no bitterness. F*** off with your bitterness."
Drummer Powell said none of the band members had ever stopped playing music but it was never the same. He said: "Nothing has ever matched the energy and the passion of playing the music that we played together."
Barat cast doubt on whether the gigs would lead to a more permanent reunion, saying: "Four months is a long time for the Libertines, so whatever happens happens. We're going to see how it goes. If it works, it works."
Barat joked he and Doherty had written a song on their way to the press conference, but Doherty said fans should not expect to hear any new work. He said: "We haven't got plans to because it's going to be hard enough to work out the riffs from the old stuff."