Pete Doherty, the estranged guitarist from British rock act the Libertines, was released from jail today (Oct. 8). As previously reported, Doherty was recently sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to robbing the home of bandmate Carl Barat. Last week, however, the star’s sentence was reduced in Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court to two months.
In a gesture that will be seen to clear the way for Doherty’s return to the band, Barat yesterday joined the welcoming party for the guitarist. Doherty was initially ousted in June from the band, which then set off on a European tour without him. “My new songs are all I have, along with my liberty, and everything has to be just right from now on in,” he wrote on the fan site Thelibertines.org. “I need to start singing my new songs, and I want to play with other people.”
The Libertines recently achieved a career-best No. 11 debut on the U.K. singles chart with the track “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” (Rough Trade). The group’s debut album, “Up the Bracket” has sold about 100,000 units, according to a spokesperson.