Barat rules out Libertines reunion "right now"

Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:51pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Carl Barat has quashed rumors that his old band The Libertines are about to reform after the British band's other former frontman, Pete Doherty, hinted at a possible reunion earlier this week.

Barat, who went on to form the band Dirty Pretty Things, told BBC Radio 6 he was too busy pursuing a solo musical career to reform the rock group and had also turned to acting.

"I've just freed myself up so the last thing I want to do is completely burden my mind. No, not right now," he told the music station.

"I'd rather do a film really, or I might do a play one day, learn the craft," he added.

In an interview with British music journal NME magazine published this week, Babyshambles singer Doherty said he had been offered large sums of money for the reunion.

"We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading and stuff," Doherty told the NME.

"Like 2 million pounds ($2.85 million) to headline this festival, 1 million to headline that festival and I said (to Carl), "Why don't we just do it? Let's get the old band back together'."

The pair fell out four years ago in a blaze of drugs and arguments but have recently been seen at each others' gigs and even performed together, fueling rumors of a reunion.

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

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; editing by Paul Casciato)