Libertines fans see signs of possible reunion

Wed Jan 7, 2009 1:06pm EST
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Fans of The Libertines are speculating the British rock band could become the latest act to stage a reunion, after signs of reconciliation between former frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.

Doherty, 29, and Barat, 30, fell out four years ago in a blaze of drugs and arguments but have recently been seen at each others' gigs and even spontaneously performed together.

Hopes for a more lasting reunion were rekindled when Dirty Pretty Things, the band Barat formed after the Libertines' implosion in 2004, broke up at the end of last year.

With Britpop act Blur and the Specials re-grouping for a few shows, fans hope The Libertines will catch the conciliatory mood.

Barat talked of pursuing new musical projects after Dirty Pretty Things died, but was quick to add these would not involve reviving The Libertines. Some believe he may change his mind.

"Carl is up for a reunion," a source close to both musicians said, adding obstacles lay mostly with the other two former members of the Libertines, bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.

Music industry insiders caution that Doherty's battle with drug addition and erratic lifestyle could also stand in the way of reconciliation.

"Carl obviously has issues with Peter's drug abuse," the source said.   Continued...

<p>British singer Pete Doherty of Babyshambles performs on stage during Budapest's Sziget Music Festival on an island on the Danube River August 17, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai</p>