Wednesday, 12 May 2010
After being searched and arrested Doherty was kept overnight after police dogs sniffed out class A's on his person following a gig in Shrewsbury.
He was released on bail the following morning and has been ordered to return to Telford in December.
Outside the police station Doherty ranted: It's all a big mistake. Every day of this tour we have been told we are going to get raided and basically, they have found fuck all.
"In the words of Dr Johnson, the law is a pain in the arse."
"This implant I've got to keep me off heroin has gone septic and it's spitting pills.
"I have been clean on this tour. It's libellous to call me a smackhead - it's a good job I am too disorganised to sue."
Despite the Norwich gig being cancelled last night it is expected that the remaining UK tour dates will continue as normally as possible, they are:
Leeds, Blank Canvas
London, Brixton Academy
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Frank, comedy partner David Baddiel and Ian Brodie of the Lightning Seeds wrote the song to support the England team in Euro 96 and rewrote it for the World Cup in France in 1998, reaching No 1 in the charts on both occasions, and were rumoured to be recording a new version this year with Robbie Williams.
Speaking at the premiere of David's new film The Infidel, Frank teased: "I have heard rumours, yeah. There's all sort of talk going on. I heard Pete Doherty's name mentioned, even. Anyway that's probably a secret, I shouldn't have said."
The comedian said going to South Africa with David to cover the World Cup was the best job in the world - and he believed England could win the tournament.
"Well I always think we are going to win, of course. Now we've got like a proper manager and everything I think it's a possibility," he said.
Frank insisted he is not worried about Wayne Rooney's injury, saying: "Wayne will be fine. Wayne is like a bull terrier. He is basically unharmable. He's so hard and strong."
Monday, 5 April 2010
Libertines Haven't Ruled Out New Songs
Apr 05, 2010
The Libertines won't be playing any new tunes when they play those reunion gigs this summer, but that doesn't mean they're not going to try writing some.
The act will stick strictly to the back catalog when it takes the stage this summer at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The outfit isn't going to rule out a more prolonged stay, however, as NME reports both singer/guitarists Carl Barat and Pete Doherty said they're considering revving the songwriting machine back up as part of the reunion.
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Bosses from TV's Five are to sue drug addict Pete Doherty for assault after he spat beer at a reporter.
Live From Studio Five's Minnie Stephenson was sprayed on the back of her head as she interviewed his Libertines bandmate Carl Barat.
Viewers saw Doherty, 31, twice spit at her after swigging beer from a bottle. Police are not taking action, but a Five source said: "What Doherty did was disgusting. Minnie wasn't bothering him, but he just decided to spit all over her. The station will be taking it all the way on her behalf.
The controversial singer/guitarist was strolling through a street in the country last year (09) when a group of tourists hurled abuse at him - which escalated into a group fight.
Doherty was so shaken up, he called up former Libertines bass player John Hassall, who now lives in Denmark - and the conversation set the wheels in motion for the band's surprise reunion.
The Libertines split in 2004 after Doherty's drug addiction caused a huge rift with fellow frontman Carl Barat. Although they eventually made up, a full reunion of the band looked unlikely until Doherty contacted Hassall.
Doherty tells rock mag NME, "I was in Denmark last year. I got abused by a load of Americans. I walked past this bar and one of them went, 'Hey man, what's Danish for pr**k?' I ended up getting in a bit of a ruck (brawl). As usual I got the f**king blame, and I phoned John. That's how we got back in touch."
Doherty, who previously confessed the band's upcoming gigs at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K. could be a "f**king disaster", also admits the reunion is "upsetting".
He adds, "It would be very easy for us to laugh and joke and put up a front about it, but there's almost something quite upsetting about it in the excitement. It was a big part of my life. And I'm quite good at blocking things out. But the more I think about it, the more it upsets me. It's a celebration of a different time. It's a time that was... well, it's gone."
PETE DOHERTY has come under fire from critics after he was caught on camera spitting beer at a U.K. TV news reporter following THE LIBERTINES' reunion gig.
The cult band, fronted by Doherty and Carl Barat, took part in a press conference at North London pub The Boogaloo on Wednesday (31Mar10), where the group performed an impromptu eight-song set.
They took time out to chat to Channel Five showbiz reporter Minnie Stephenson, during which Barat mentioned how bandmate Gary Powell had accidentally spat beer on her.
As Stephenson returned to speak directly into camera, Doherty could be seen in the background approaching the journalist and spitting beer at the back of her head.
The show then returned to the panel in the studio, where former soccer star-turned-TV host Ian Wright proceeded to chastise Doherty for his vile behaviour.
He ranted, "You know what, Pete Doherty does my head in (annoys me). I hate that geezer (guy). He's spitting on her back. What a complete mug (idiot) he is! What a fool. I hate that guy."
Saturday, 27 March 2010
The Babyshambles man will be supported by his sister's band, The Ezra Beats for the show, with doors set to open at 3pm (GMT).
See Theblueskitchen.com for venue details.
To check the availability of Pete Doherty tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
Friday, 26 March 2010
The body of Miss Whitehead, granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith – founder of The Ecologist magazine – was discovered at a flat in Hackney, east London, on January 24 after paramedics answered a 999 call.
She died from a suspected drug overdose.
Doherty was arrested in connection with the inquiry on Friday.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "A 31-year-old man was arrested on March 19 on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He was bailed to return on a date in April pending further inquiries."
Doherty's friend, Peter Wolfe, 41, who found Robin's body but denied she had taken drugs, has also been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and perverting the course of justice.
The flat's owner Gill Samworth, 53, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and allowing the flat to be used for the supply of drugs.
Musician Alan Wass, 28, was also arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of supplying drugs.
All three have been bailed until April.
Doherty, a friend of Miss Whitehead, said he was "shocked and saddened" following her death.
She had completed a documentary film, The Road To Albion, about Doherty's former band, The Libertines, and spent a lot of time with the singer.
Her website shows pictures of Doherty with his body encased in plaster, lying on a board in a crucifixion pose.
Her mother, Dido Whitehead, is a cousin of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith, and her father is the 1960s filmmaker Peter Whitehead.
Friday, 15 January 2010
The Shockwaves NME Awards Shows are set to explode in February as notorious rock royalty join the already impressive line up. Guaranteeing a whirlwind of energy and excitement, Babyshambles play Koko on 17th February, and Hole storm the stage on the same night at Shepherds Bush Empire.
They will join headline acts including The Maccabees, Mike Snow, Hadouken!, Simian Mobile Disco, British Sea Power, The Sunshine Underground and New Young Pony Club who are already lined up as part of this festival of cutting edge music. These unmissable shows lead towards the highly anticipated and legendary Shockwaves NME Awards, taking place on 24th February at the iconic O2 Academy Brixton.
Never far from the headlines Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles, will take to the stage at Camden’s Koko on 17th February. Formed in 2003 the band released two albums, Down in Albion and Shotter’s Nation amidst a tidelwave of tabloid attention. This year is set to be huge for the band as they prepare to kick off 2010 in true NME style.
The notorious Courtney Love also makes a welcome return, ready to bring her legendary attitude and superstar persona to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire stage on the 17th of February with her band Hole. First formed in 1989 and splitting in 2002, a modified Hole are set to return amidst anticipation of their hotly awaited album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’, set for release early this year.
Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2010
Tuesday 2nd February – Scala – Miike Snow - £10.60
Wednesday 3rd February – Scala – Hadouken! - £15.10
Tuesday 9th February – Sacla – British Sea Power - £13.10
Wednesday 17th February – Koko – Babyshambles - £21.60 + charity donation
Wednesday 17th February – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – £17.50 + charity donation
Thursday 18th February – Koko – The Sunshine Underground - Cosmo Jarvis – Wild Palms
Thursday 18th February – Cargo – Detroit Social Club - £8.60
Saturday 20th February – Matter - Simian Mobile Disco
Sunday 21st February – The Academy, Dublin – 25.00 EUR
Monday 22nd February – Islington Academy – New Young Pony Club - £13.10
Monday 22nd February – Cargo – Delphic - £10.60
Monday 22nd February – Mandella Hall, Belfast - £20.00
Tuesday 23rd February – Scala – Girls – Frankie & The Heartstrings - £10.60
Tuesday 23rd February – Heaven – Yeasayer - £12.10
Monday, 11 January 2010
Doherty was initially ordered to pay £2,050 in fines with £160 costs and banned from driving for 18 months, relating to an incident in June.
However, the county force then arrested Doherty before he had left the court, this time on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.
An onlooker who saw Doherty's arrest told The Sun that a clingfilm wrap thought to contain drugs fell out of his pocket when he first arrived at the court.
"He was being frisked by a security officer and when he emptied his pockets a clingfilm wrap fell out," the onlooker said. "The security man picked it up and saw it contained what looked like little blue crystals. The security man phoned the police and about six officers came over and waited to arrest Doherty when his case was over."