Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:29 am
Libertines to continue - but without Pete. "Peter 's erratic mental state worries us greatly and having him on tour would only compound his problems."
Rock and roll can change your life.
"I'm not scared about death," Doherty tells me in his first interview since flying back from Thailand eight days ago. "I don't care if everyone says I'm going to die if I carry on taking drugs.
"I'm more terrified for others - my mum and friends who are worrying themselves over me. Sometimes I'm convinced I do want to be free from the drugs - but I don't feel a lot of people's worries justify it."
Defiantly he adds: "I know people who take more drugs than me and they're still here."
Doherty believes that it is his inner demons, rather than drugs, that could kill him. "There are three things I know a bit about in my life and that's QPR, my guitar and drugs," he says. "I know QPR are the best football team in the world, my guitar is the most beautiful thing I own and that I don't take enough drugs to kill me. It isn't drugs I need to get rid of, it's the demons that fill my head. Once I have come to terms with my demons, maybe I'll be able to get clean."
Doherty admits he was not committed enough to the programme and only went to Thailand to please his mum.
"On the third day I left and went to Bangkok. I booked into a hotel where they offered room service of heroin with my bacon and eggs. I told them I had no money but they said I could have it on tab. I notched up a £280 bill in three days. If I'd done the same amount of brown in England it would have cost me thousands."
...his continuing addiction finally forced the band to part with him again last week after his latest battle to beat his addiction failed.
"I tried to calm down when they told me with a smoke," he says. "But as I was cooking up I looked at the brown and screwed it up. There was not a drug in the world that could make me feel better. It made me feel dirty and I realised, 'This is why I can't play'. I've got to start getting clean straight away. But I can't do it in the Priory or places like that. I have to do it in the environment I live in because I am always going to be surrounded by drugs while I'm making music. I've just got to find the inner strength to control it."
D. Phillips wrote:Estranged LIBERTINES star PETE DOHERTY failed to show for a solo appearance in LONDON last night (August 2).
NO TIME FOR HEROES!
BABYSHAMBLES were ejected from XFM’s WINTER WONDERLAND show last night (December 5) after the band turned up two hours late.
The group were due to appear as surprise guests on the night at the Hammersmith Apollo (December 5) but they arrived so late their set was cut to just two songs.
Frontman Pete Doherty appeared onstage alone with an acoustic guitar before he performed The Libertines track ‘Time For Heroes’.
Halfway through the song, he got the crowd to sing along to the words and then he pulled drummer Gemma Clarke, who was sporting a Santa hat, bassist Drew McConnell and guitarist Patrick Walden out to perform their new single ’Killamangiro’.
Their set was cut short and security staff then asked the singer and the rest of band to leave the premises.
Despite the fallout, Doherty remained fairly upbeat after hearing that their single had shot to Number Eight in the UK singles chart.
The event also featured performances from The Departure, Ash’s Tim Wheeler, The Zutons, Kasabian, Razorlight and Embrace.
Proceeds have been donated to the homeless charity Shelter.