Libertine Peter Doherty will play Derry’s Nerve Centre on Saturday May 28th, the Journal can exclusively reveal.
Few of those who were at his last appearance at the venue will wish to miss this stripped back solo show. Doherty who reformed The Libertines last summer is taking some time out on the road on his own this summer. The Derry date is also accompanied by Dublin and Belfast gigs.
Doherty has never been far from the tabloid headlines. The heady cocktail of substance abuse and high profile girlfriends ensure he is cannon fodder for the red tops. Many red top readers will forget that The Libertines changed the face of popular music in Britain with the release of their 2002 debut album ‘Up The Bracket’. That album while never charting higher than 35 was listed as one of the best albums of the decade by most commentators and music publications.
The band’s self-titled second album ‘The Libertines’ was released in August 2004. It reached platinum sales and first single “Can’t Stand Me Now” influenced by Doherty’s on-off relationship with Libertine’s co-frontman Carl Barât, reached number two.
Doherty’s relationship with Barât deteriorated to such an extent that The Libertines, while never splitting was put on the long finger until he overcame his addiction issues. Doherty famously spent time in jai for breaking into Barât’s apartment. He therefore juggled spells in rehab, jail and the limelight with performances with second band Babyshambles.
Chart success continued with the Babyshambles two albums ‘Down In Albion’ (2005) and ‘Shotter’s Nation’ (2007) reaching number 10 and 5 in the UK album chart respectively.
Several line up changes affected the band and touring was sporadic however they did play Derry’s Nerve Centre in an electric tour de force in April 2006.
The show in May is certain to sell out, even despite Doherty’s hard earned reputation for not appearing at gigs.
No doubt for May’s concert Doherty will draw heavily on material from his solo album ‘Grace/Wastelands’ in 2009. The album, which was also critically acclaimed, was a top 20 hit in the UK album charts and across Europe.
Tickets priced at £22 are available from The Nerve Centre box office 71260562 or www.nerve-centre.org.uk