UK band Libertines reforms ahead of festival gig

Thu Apr 1, 2010 6:14am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - British band The Libertines, including troubled singer Pete Doherty, put their differences aside late on Wednesday and performed together ahead of an appearance at the Reading Festival in August.

Doherty, who famously dated supermodel Kate Moss and has been in and out of court for a string of drug- and driving-related offences, appeared with Carl Barat and John Hassall at a press conference in a north London pub.

Doherty and Barat fell out in 2004 and the band broke up, and news of a possible reunion regularly dominates the British music press. After the split, Barat formed Dirty Pretty Things and Doherty formed Babyshambles.

The band made two albums, but its debut "Up The Bracket" won widespread critical acclaim.

According to NME music magazine, after a short conversation with the press on Wednesday, the band took to the stage for an impromptu show that included a cover of old standard "Georgia On My Mind" and "The Good Old Days" from Up The Bracket.

"We're reforming the band to play the songs that people want to hear," Barat told NME.

"We're going to get together, play songs which have been collecting dust in the garage. People want to hear them, so we're going to give them a run. We'll be playing them like we're playing them for the last ever time."

The Libertines are due to perform at Reading on August 28.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)