Babyshambles frontman and ex-Libertine Pete Doherty has revealed that Babyshambles’ recent UK tour almost didn’t happen, admitting that he nearly scrapped the entire enterprise hours before the band were set to take stage for their first gig to promote new album, Sequel To The Prequel.
The band were recently Down Under for Splendour In The Grass, but had to cancel planned sideshows citing, amongst other things, “immigration concerns.” But in a new NME interview, Doherty revealed that the whole tour was almost scrapped, saying:
“Up until about three hours ago I was gonna pull the whole [tour] to be honest. I mean, why do we do it? Why do we start bands and sing songs? It’s for one thing – to pull birds. And if you’re finally in love with someone then you don’t have to get onstage and make an arse of yourself.”
The tour, which continues in the UK this month, has so far gone off without a hitch, unmarred by the notoriously troubled frontman’s issues with substance abuse. In a statement announcing the Splendour sideshow cancellations, the band expressed optimism about returning to Australia soon, saying “we’re hoping to reschedule the other shows for some time in the not too distant future.”