The rumors are true! The Libertines have announced a reunion show. Formed in 1997 by Pete Doherty and Carl Barât along with Gary Powell and John Hassall, these guys are one of the driving forces of indie music. They paved the way for that classic indie / garage revival sound that we have grown to love so much. It looks like Doherty and Barât have learned to play nice (especially now with Doherty’s past drug addictions out of the way), because after 10 years of break-up, the Libertines have officially reunited. The band is set to headline London’s Hyde Park on July 5th as part of the upcoming Barclaycard British Summer Time concert series, alongside The Pogues and Spiritualized. The Libertines temporarily reunited to play at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2010, but we have a good feeling that this will be a more lasting reunion. Due to financial troubles, as well as that sweet nostalgia for their golden days, it looks like The Libertines will be sticking around for longer than just this London performance.
In a recent interview with with Israeli newspaper Ynet, Doherty revealed his need for a Libertines reunion.
“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.”
Let’s hope the boys keep it together enough to tour the U.S., especially Los Angeles.
Watch The Libertines’ 2010 reunion show at Reading and Leeds: