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Speculation is abounding as to a possible reformation from gone-too-soon UK indie greats The Libertines, after co-frontman Pete Doherty told an Israeli newspaper that he’d accepted an offer to play in London’s Hyde Park as The Libertines, with new Facebook action further fuelling rumours.
In a recent interview with Israel-based newspaper Ynet, the oft-troubled Doherty disclosed the Hyde Park plans. He is quoted as saying, via The Music Charger, “I don’t know if I’m supposed to even tell you this, but we were offered to reform The Libertines for a show this July in Hyde Park.”
“I got the call just yesterday. Well, I said yes,” Doherty reportedly adds. While it’s not clear if the rest of the band has agreed to the show, the official Libertines Facebook page has since been updated with an image of Hyde Park. It is important to note that no official announcement has been made.
In the interview, Doherty explains that while he would normally not accept an offer to reform The Libertines, his motivations are largely financial. “Not long ago I listened to The Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldn’t say no, at least not in my state right now,” he explains.
“I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, I’m in debt. It’s very complicated for me to say no right now, I have financial problems,” the songwriter continues.
Watch: The Libertines Live at Reading Festival 2010