With the Libertine’s Gary Powell producing some of their
material and vocalist Charlie James having more than a bit of Pete Doherty about
him, there’s plenty for the crowd to relate to as they warm us up nicely
for the main event.
That main event is The Libertines catchily titled Giddy Up A
Ding–Dong Tour which finally makes it to Rock City. Postponed from December due
to Pete Doherty experiencing a non-Covid respiratory infection while Carl Barât
tested positive for the real thing.
Now 25 years after they started the new Libertines take the stage on time, cut out the messing around and don’t even look sloshed. Perhaps they’re finally growing up a bit.
Naturally Pete Doherty still looks like he’s just rolled out
of bed and to be fair he could look healthier. Although that is probably
more to spreading waistlines these days rather than anything more sinister.
Musically though he and everyone else is on form tonight and
we’re straight into the debut single ‘What a Waster’ from way back in 2002. That is followed by
‘The Ha Ha Wall’ and ‘Up the Bracket’ before arriving at the brilliant comeback
single ‘Gunga Din’ which now itself dates back to 2015.
It is quite an achievement to have been in existence for 25
years in total, 20 since your debut single, and yet to have produced only three
albums. At least most people will be getting to hear what they want to
hear tonight which may have been more difficult had they say at this point
released a dozen or more records.
They ‘may’ have grown up a little but the music
still remains a little rough around the edges but now it looks more
deliberate rather than
After each salvo of livelier numbers they slow things down
with the likes of ‘What Katie Did’ and ‘You’re My Waterloo’ back
to back. Another slow pair of ‘Begging’ and ‘Music When The Light Go Out’ come
later. That’s the pattern they follow through a set of 16 songs before they
return for an encore of five more.
Closing with ‘Don’t Look Back into the Sun’ into a rambunctious
‘Time for Heroes’ they send everyone home extremely happy.