2004 has been one entertaining year for followers of The Libertines. I can only hope that all of the events have been documented, as it could make for one amazing film. Few bands have gone through this much drama in such a short period of time. Keeping track of Pete Doherty’s whereabouts became a real-life version of Where’s Waldo, except Waldo (to our knowledge) is not addicted to crack. It is only fitting that they end the year with a bang, and Doherty and Carl Barat have done just that.
December 18th was supposed to mark the end of this year’s Babyshambles tour, with a final show at the London Astoria. The band was scheduled to take that stage at midnight, but by 2am it was apparent that they were not going to perform. Once the announcement was made that there would be no set from Babyshambles, all hell broke loose. As eyewitness told NME: Seconds later what could best be described as a riot began to take place. The curtains were torn down, drinks were thrown, the drum kit was smashed and essentially the entire contents of the stage were destroyed. The security forced the kids back to the other side of the barrier.” The end of 2004 for Doherty with a riot seems very appropriate.
On a much less violent note, The Libertines played what may very well have been their final show. Barat has hinted that he is ready to take the band off the road indefinitely. The concert happened Friday night at Studio 287 in Paris. NME reported that the set included “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun”, “I Get Along”, and “Can’t Stand Me Now”.