The lineup of rising British rock act the Libertines appears to be in limbo.
The lineup of rising British rock act the Libertines appears to be in limbo. According to a posting by guitarist Pete Doherty on the fan site thelibertines.org, the band is touring Europe without him. "I thought it was a sick joke when [group member Carl Barat] said not to show up because the band would not welcome me," Doherty wrote today (June 19). "But having spoken to [Barat] it is true -- he does not want to play with me, in my current 'condition.' I'm not sure what he means but he's deadly serious and its [sic] settled."
"I am not comfortable with the line up and over the months have repeatedly (if a little cowardly in my subtleness) tried to explain to [group members] Gary [Powell] and John [Hassell] that I don't want to be in a band with them," Doherty added in a follow-up posting. "My capriciousness deters them from taking me seriously but that is the way it is. My new songs are all I have, along with my liberty, and everything has to be just right from now on in. I need to start singing my new songs, and I want to play with other people."
The group is touring in support of its debut Rough Trade album, "Up the Bracket," which in April debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. A European tour began June 8 at the Rock Im Park Festival in Nuremberg, Germany, using a guitar tech in Doherty's place. A run of U.K. dates starts tomorrow in Manchester and wraps with a June 28 appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.
Here are the Libertines' tour dates:
June 20: Manchester, England (Academy)
June 21: Wirral, England (Kings Parade)
June 22: Glasgow (Barrowlands)
June 24: Leeds, England (Cockpit)
June 25: London (Forum)
June 28: Pilton, England (Glastonbury Festival)