Exciting - or, possibly, depressing, myth-killing news - from the NME this morning:
Pete Doherty has confirmed his plan to reform The Libertines to play UK festivals in 2010.
Really? They're reforming next summer? How on earth did Pete persuade Carl to get involved?
The Babyshambles frontman told NME.COM that he had already convinced former bandmates John Hassall [bass] and Gary Powell [drums] to reunite for gigs, and that as soon as Carl Barat agreed, dates would be finalised.
Ah. So Pete's plan would seem to be 'announce it to the press, then back Carl into a corner where he can't really say no without looking like an evil dream-killing villain. There's nothing like a reunion at knife-point, is there?
The comeback, by the way, is entirely motivated by artistic impulse and nothing whatsoever to do with the sluggish sales of Doherty's solo work.