Pete Doherty - Capitol Bar, Glasgow, 14 Apr 2009 (4 stars)

Pete Doherty - Capitol Bar, Glasgow, 14 Apr 2009

Safety concerns arose as Pete Doherty played a chaotic last-minute gig to a small number of people at Glasgow’s Capitol bar on Tuesday 14th April.

Fans of the Babyshambles front-man, who were told of the show via Doherty’s website, queued from lunchtime in the hope of gaining entry to the 250-capacity venue.

Those lucky enough to get in waited in excitement and anticipation as they watched the support act, Greenock’s up-and-coming musician, Kristina Cox.

However, the pleasant atmosphere soon turned sour, as it became apparent Doherty wasn’t going to be on stage at his allocated time of 9.30pm. As fans got restless, the make-shift barrier in front of the stage was forced forward, causing security to push back the edgy crowd.

A weary looking Doherty, casually dressed in a blue t-shirt and jeans, took to the stage over an hour late and without explanation. Bringing the crowd back on side, he opened with the rousing Babyshambles hit 'Killamangiro', followed by the melodic 'For Lovers'.
After strumming through Libertines classics 'Tell the King', 'What Katie Did' and 'Can’t Stand Me Now', Doherty sang the opening verse to 'Music When the Lights Go Out', which led to a mass crowd surge and organisers were forced to halt the gig.

Chaos ensued as Doherty returned to the stage after a ten-minute interval, which allowed security to strengthen the barrier, holding his crazed fans back. He picked up where he left off and played through a selection of his back-catalogue, including 'Time for Heroes' and Death on the Stairs, as well as his new single 'Last of the English Roses'.

Living up to his shambolic image, the set ended with Doherty playing Babyshambles tune 'Fuck Forever', before sending the crowd into a frenzy with Libertines’ favourite 'Don’t Look Back Into the Sun', as they sang the words back at him at the top of their voice.
Leaving the more-than-satisfied audience Doherty disappeared into the darkness with the words: 'Thank you Glasgow town.'

Pete Doherty

The usual unpredictability and undeniable charisma from the Libertines/Babyshambles man trying to keep his nose clean.

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