The Libertines’ Pete Doherty pays tribute to Amy Winehouse on “Flags of the Old Regime”

on January 22, 2015, 4:30pm
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Amy Winehouse & Pete Doherty

On his new single “Flags of the Old Regime”, Pete Doherty pays tribute to the late, great Amy Winehouse. Morose yet insightful, the track sees The Libertines member front and center, crooning with a heavy heart as strings seem to weep in unison behind him. It was produced by Stephen Street and features Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell on bass, Stephen Large on keys, and Jamie Morrison on drums. Listen in below.

“Flags of the Old Regime” is officially out on March 9th, and all proceeds will benefit the Amy Winehouse foundation, a nonprofit that works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

In related news, The Libertines are currently working on new material, with hopes to release an album sometime this year.

 

 

Published on Jan 22, 2015

Peter Doherty releases a new single Flags Of The Old Regime on Monday 9th March through Walk Tall Recordings. The single was written by Peter about & as a tribute to his friend Amy Winehouse and is released in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, who will also receive all proceeds from the profits of the single. Flags Of The Old Regime is available on 7” vinyl and as a digital download available soon.

Flags Of The Old Regime was produced by Stephen Street and features Drew McConnell (Babyshambles / Helsinki) – bass, Jamie Morrison – drums, Stephen Large – keyboards and Stephen Street – acoustic guitar & percussion. The strings were arranged by John Metcalfe (Durutti Column).

The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. They also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential. For more information visit: http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org…

The Libertines headline London’s Hyde Park

Libertines

Libertines

 

The Libertines paid tribute to the armed forces as they brought their London comeback gig to a close tonight (July 5).The band, who played two intimate warm-up shows at Glasgow’s Barrowlands venue last weekend (June 28, 29), finished their set with dual frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty reciting Siegfried Sassoon’s 1918 poem, Suicide In The Trenches.
After the pair recounted the poem word for word, which they also recited at the NME Awards in 2004, Doherty addressed the audience, saying: “We remember and honour those who gave their lives for liberty. We thought it was nerve-wracking coming out here tonight but leaving Kings Cross station with a rifle across your back in 1914 must have been really hard.”Earlier, the band’s set had to be halted over concerns for the crowd’s safety. The four piece had opened with ‘Vertigo’ and were midway through second song ‘Boys In The Band’ when security came on stage and stopped the performance. Doherty motioned to the crowd to move back before telling them: “We can’t carry on if you don’t calm down a bit.”
The Libertines then restarted where they left off onlyto be halted again seconds later. Drummer Gary Powell came down to the front of the stage to tell the crowd to calm down before leading them ina chant of the riff to The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’. Doherty then joined in with a run through of The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’.Things eventually got moving again with ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Campaign Of Hate’. Doherty then dedicated ‘Time For Heroes’ to the Guildford Four’s GerryConlon, saying: “GerryConlon, if you’re looking down this afternoon” before tearing into the song.A rendition of ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ was preceded by Doherty chanting “Albion-ey, Albion-ey, ole, ole, ole”. After the song Barat playfully leapfrogged over the guitarist. The duo later shared an embrace before debut album track ‘Death On The Stairs’.

Towards the end of the set things had to be halted once more as fans climbed the sound towers to get a better view of the show. Powell and bassist John Hassall had left the stage for Doherty and Barat to play a version of stripped-down song ‘France’. Barat scolded fans as the gig was further delayed, telling them: “If you don’t stop climbing the towers, Pigman [Doherty] can’t do his solo.” The song was never played completely because of the stoppage.

“I wanted to drive my camper van into the backstage area,” Doherty revealed shortly after. “The security guards said ‘you don’t want to do that because of the traffic’. I wanted to drive it in and put union jacks on top. They said ‘you’ve got nothing to fly the flag for’ and I said what about William Blake? What about Jock Scott? What about Johnny Marr? What about Carl Barat?” The band then played ‘Albion’, which saw Doherty shouting out Barat’s hometown of Basingstoke.

As the show came to a close, Doherty chanted once again over the microphone, this time singing “Libertine til I die/Libertine til I die/I know I am, I’m sure I am, Queen’s Park Rangers til I die.” They then brought the set to a riotous end with ‘I Get Along’ which concluded with Barat and Doherty jumping around hugging until they brought each other down to the floor.

As the four band members gathered in a line to salute their fans, Doherty initiated a burst of the hokey cokey while Powell told them: “You are all amazing and you are all Libertines.”

Earlier in the day, more issues had stopped some of the bands on the line-up from playing, including Swim Deep and Graham Coxon. Due to play in the Barclaycard Theatre, signs outside told fans the stage was closed due to a technical fault. North London quartet Wolf Alice were able to play on the same stage early in the afternoon, playing a similar set to that which they played at Glastonbury a week earlier. “Who’s excited to see The Libertines later?” asked guitarist Joff Oddie, with drummer Joel Amey adding: “What a day for friendship!” The group then launched into a version of their second single ‘Bros’, which followed the likes of ‘Blush’ and a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games’. The band finished their set with debut single ‘Fluffy’, which concluded with bassist Theo Ellis jumping in the crowd.

Meanwhile, Spiritualized played a late afternoon set on the main stage, following Newcastle’s Maximo Park. Frontman J Spaceman sat on a chair on the right hand stage throughout, dressed all in white and playing a red guitar. He was joined by two backing singers, also dressed head-to-toe in-white, and his bandmates. The group played songs from across their back catalogue in front of visuals of black and white circles, such as ‘Hey Jane’ and ‘Sweet Talk’.

Irish band The Pogues followed them 45 minutes later and also had their set halted as a fan received medical attention. The stoppage came towards the end of the group’s performance, which had seen them play tracks like ‘Dirty Old Town’ and ‘Sally MacLennane’. “We’ll be back soon if it’s suitable to do so,” they told the crowd as singer Shane MacGowan puffed on a cigarette. They then returned for one more song before having to end their set.

Make sure you pick up next week’s issue of NME, out July 9 on newsstands and available digitally, for an exclusive interview with The Libertines talking about what the future holds for the band, plus the definitive verdict on their comeback shows.

The Libertines played:

‘Vertigo’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘The Delaney’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Horrorshow’
‘Begging’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katy Did’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Love On The Dole’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Radio America’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Tell The King’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘France’
‘Albion’
‘I Get Along’

 

 

 

The Libertines to reunite for London Hyde Park show

The Libertines

The Libertines

The Libertines have sparked rumors that they may play a show at London’s Hyde Park this year.

The band posted an image of Hyde Park on their official Facebook page this afternoon (April 20), fuelling speculation among fans that they could be about to reform.

This follows unverified quotes from Pete Doherty in Israeli newspaper Ynet – via The Music Charger – in which he reveals that he has been approached to reform The Libertines for a show at the iconic venue this summer.

“I don’t know if I’m supposed to even tell you this, but we were offered to reform the Libertines for a show this July in Hyde Park. I got the call just yesterday,” he is quoted as saying.

Asked about his response to the proposal, he continued: “Well, I said yes. The thing is when I think about it now it was kind of a strange answer because I think in most days if you asked me the same question I would say no, but recently I tried to call Carl (Barât) and couldn’t reach him.”

Explaining why he is keen to reform The Libertines, Doherty is quoted describing the severity of his financial problems, adding that the money offered is too lucrative to turn down.

He said: “Not long ago I listened to The Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldn’t say no, at least not in my state right now.

“I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, I’m in debt. It’s very complicated for me to say no right now, I have financial problems.”

The Libertines last played live together in 2010 at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Last year, Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles released their third studio album, ‘Sequel To The Prequel’. Meanwhile, Carl Barat’s new band, The Jackals, are expected to release their debut album in September, and are scheduled to play their first gig at London’s XOYO on May 15.

The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now

The Libertines

The Libertines

The Libertines were a British rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barât (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar). The band, centred on the songwriting partnership of Barat and Doherty, also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career. The band was part of the garage rock revival and spearheaded the movement in the UK.

The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s.  Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. Both of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.

In spite of their critical success as well as decent commercial success, the band’s music was often eclipsed by its internal conflicts, stemming from Doherty’s addictions to crack cocaine and heroin, which eventually led to the breakup of the band. Doherty has since stated that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barât and himself that were not related to his drug addictions.  The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of commercial and critical success.

In August 2010, the four members of The Libertines reunited to play a series of shows, including slots at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reunion shows received a highly positive response from the press and fans.

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Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock, garage rock revival Post-punk revival
Years active 1997–2004, 2010
Labels Rough Trade
Associated acts Babyshambles, Dirty Pretty Things, Yeti, The Chavs, Razorlight
Past members Carl Barât
Pete Doherty
John Hassall
Gary Powell
Steve Bedlow
Johnny Borrell
Paul Dufour