Carlos Barat - Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Tue 9 Jun
Carlos Barat was given a warm reception at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall as he played a rapturous set to thrilled fans. Although the all-seated venue was not sold out, Barat’s energetic performance drew hundreds of fans from their chairs as he concluded the gig with a stirring encore.
Taking to the stage around 9pm, the former member of The Libertines began the night with an acoustic 'Nine Lives' before continuing on to 'Ballad of Grimaldi'. However, it was a beautiful version of 'France', a song written by Barat during his time with the Libertines, which was the first to be met with cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. After an adventurous attempt at the solo, Barat told the fascinated crowd: "That bit doesn’t sound right without Pete", in reference to friend and former Libertine Pete Doherty.
Barat then introduced his band to the audience, which interestingly included Drew McConnell, bassist of Babyshambles, the band fronted by Doherty. Anthony Rossomondo, the former guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things, another of Barat’s previous projects, also appeared in the band.
The group fired through a series of Libertines’ classics, including an interesting jazz-styled rendition of 'Music When the Lights Go Out', as well as finding the time to fit in Dirty Pretty Things tunes 'Blood Thirsty Bastards', 'Deadwood' and 'BURMA'. Barat also aired new songs 'So Long' and 'Monday Morning' to the captivated crowd.
Returning to the stage after a five-minute interval, Barat threw the crowd into a frenzy of excitement with the opening chords to 'Don’t Look Back Into the Sun'. He then proceeded to close the gig with 'Can’t Stand Me Now', 'Time for Heroes' and 'Bang Bang You’re Dead', as dedicated fans left their seats and surrounded the stage, a scene reminiscent of the early days of the Libertines.
As one member of the audience invaded the stage and embraced a clearly exhausted Barat, it brought a smile to the musician’s face. If his break from performing live had brought any doubts to his mind, they were now crushed as he left the stage to cheers and adulation.