Live Review; Pete Doherty – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Pete Doherty
Liquid Room, Edinburgh 21/09/11

 

Pete Doherty arrived on stage to a committed audience, looking more clean-cut than ever. Pete opened with an acoustic version of "All at sea" – an early Libertines track. Hardly looking at the audience throughout the entire performance, Pete kept swinging his Gibson acoustic guitar from side to side, reminding us that he still has the charm and swagger that only he could pull off.

Pete began singing #2 Libertines hit ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and immediately the whole crowd began jumping and waving their hands frantically towards the Libs front- man. He continues to play through songs spanning his career from the early days of The Libertines all the way to Babyshambles and recent solo work. As Pete played ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, the crowd were arguably at their most ecstatic with a cup of who- knows – being chucked and narrowly missing Doherty who never seemed to notice…

The crowd remained consistently thrilled throughout the whole show, more so at the Libertines classics that Doherty seemed to fire off effortlessly – ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘What a Waster’ – a tune that appeared in Q recently as the one song that Modfather, Paul Weller wished he had written partly because he praises Doherty for managing to include the word, “Cunt”, in a song. A particularly interesting addition to the show was the two ballet dancers that appeared alongside Pete during “For Lovers” and also now and again at others, providing beautiful, romantic imagery – “I’m running away with you, that’s all I ever do”. This moment alone was a personal highlight and reminded me how meaningful and touching a songwriter Doherty can be.

‘Last Of The English Roses’, Pete’s debut solo single appeared unexpectedly near the end of the set and Doherty completes the set with Babyshambles hit ‘Fuck Forever’. Pete chucks his Gibson acoustic into the crowd and the crowd goes frantic as the guitar goes out of sight unbelievably quickly. Pete uses this as an opportunity to leave in a modest fashion. Until the next time… 8.5/10

Live Review by Jordan Lee Johnstone
Photography by Kelly McNie
Videos by Simon Jake Gillespie