December 13 2013 Latest news:
Mark Hemmings, Reporter
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Pete Doherty and his band Babyshambles rolled into Hatfield on Friday night to play a storming set at The Forum Hertfordshire.
The much maligned frontman, wearing a trademark trilby, enthralled from start to finish as his band were on the road plugging new album Sequel to the Prequel.
It seems hard to believe that this is Babyshambles’ third studio album, one more than Doherty released with The Libertines with whom he was thrust into the music, and tabloid, limelight.
Herts music fans turned up expecting a treat and that was exactly what they got.
Delivery kicked-off the evening’s set which went on to include other earlier hits such as Killamangiro, Beg Steal and Borrow and The Blinding.
Tunes off the new album, including first single Nothing Comes to Nothing, Dr No, Fireman, Penguins and Minefield all followed along with a host of others.
Say what you want about Doherty, but he is a great front man, even if he is unaware of it.
Strangely watching him stumble around the stage, swinging the mic, drinking a pink drink from a pint glass was absorbing as he turned out tune after tune and used quiet moments to sing chants about his beloved football team Queens Park Rangers.
The band finished their scheduled set with guitarist Mick Whitnall urging Doherty to hurl his guitar into the air, he did just that, but before it crashed to the ground, an aid from the side of the stage jumped forward to rescue the stricken instrument.
Following that the band rounded off the night with fine rendition of The Ramones’ Blitzrieg Bop to leave the crowd thoroughly entertained.