Naturally we’ve all been here before – Peter announces shows at short notice in strange venues, then turns up late or no shows, it’s all part of the story. Yet, this time it’s different, the gig goes smoothly, Doherty turns up on top form and plays a brilliant set. So sorry if you’re looking for scandal, you’ve come to the wrong place.
How many support acts can one man have? Well, on this evidence a few too many. A dull female singer, an acoustic male who tries to be the British Bright Eyes and does a killer cover of Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’ and local favourites Betika, who are still just too many cooks spoiling a rather tedious broth. The one to take note of are The Supernovas, who seem set for stardom, despite a distinct lack of originality. They are basically a Libertines/Monkeys/Courteeners hybrid, but their three minute guitar pop songs are spiky enough that you get carried away with them, despite them offering nothing we haven’t heard a million times before.
Peter appears looking smart and straight, accompanied on some tracks by Shambles drummer Adam Ficek and works his merry way through classics from all periods of his career, everything from ‘What A Waster’ to ‘Killamangiro’ gets an airing. Highlights are Libertines favourites ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and a rare outing for the classic ‘You’re My Waterloo’.
This is Doherty on top of his game. We don’t need a Libertines reunion (a great section of the audience don’t seem to know any of the Libs material anyway, but that’s a rant for another day!), we just need Peter to stay on this form and the Albion definitely sails on course.