There were crowd crushes, there were flares, there were naked guys climbing up towers and there were bloody noses. But aside from all the ominous scenes and injured gig goers that have dogged the headlines since Saturday, The Libertines at Hyde Park was a much needed injection of much-missed rock and roll.
Peter was a little worse for wear by the end of the show that night. His favourite drink is a cocktail called 'The Brucie Special'. Throughout the set he seemed bent on downing as many as he could. There's a certain slapstick quality to watching poor old Brucie double tasking between drum teching and being Pete's bartender.
We played pretty well, a touch rusty perhaps after a short gap since Paris. It didn't matter though; the crowd were determined to make it an incredible evening. Every so often an audience shocks you with their reaction- Sheffield were just such an audience this first night back on the road, they went berserk from start to finish. The Steel City embracing some London Troublemakers, what?
The Leeds crowd last night were well up for it. They took Peter's "Hello Manchester!" gag in good jest, and I think it was probably the first time I've seen a full 'widen it out, then smash it back in' circle pit at an indie show. It made me wonder, do Babyshambles have a bit of punk/hardcore fanbase crossover?
Our guitar tech Brucie, usually conservative in his praise, has just climbed on board the bus announcing tonight's show to be his "favourite Shambles gig ever". Not to fill this blog the HP have kindly offered me with self approbation, but if we continue in this vein its going to be a smasher of a tour. Splendid.
This week, 10 years ago, The Libertines released their debut album Up the Bracket and gave the British indie scene back to the youth it belonged to. This wasn't just a great collection of songs, it was a musical manifesto set out by Peter Doherty and Carl Barat that would inspire a generation and beyond.