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It was an event so momentous that NME did a live blog on it: Carl Barat joined Pete Doherty on-stage last night, and it was like 2002 all over again. It was a mutual lovefest, but the duo stopped short of declaring a Libertines reunion. From The Times:
The pair hugged before embarking on a 45-minute set of songs that included "Death On A Stairway," "What Katie Did Next," "France," and "Time For Heroes."
Between songs they hugged, kissed, and shared a pint, but refused to confirm that the band was back together.
Stereogum has a YouTube video from their performance and the setlist.
In other news:
- The Guardian's Alexis Petridis rates Mark Ronson's Version four stars but predictably hates "Stop Me." "It sounds great until you hear vocalist Daniel Merriweather delivering the lyrics without a flicker of irony: a problem when the lyrics include the line 'the pain was enough to make a shy, bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder'."
- It's now fashionable to hate Kate Moss again. Victoria Coren has a particularly nasty piece in The Daily Mail. "The Kate Moss so many women admired has been lost in a drug-fueled haze – and her gamine looks are slipping away. I grew up thinking she was not only a supermodel, but a role model, too: self-made, stunning and sassy. And now? I just feel sorry for her…When she played a cameo in the stage show of Little Britain, as Vicky Pollard's even rougher sister, many did not immediately realize she was in costume. "
- James Blunt will not be charged for running over a photographer's foot after the Vanity Fair Oscar party. (E! Online)
- Arjan Writes features a free download from former Sugababes singer Siobhan Donaghy.
- Paging Maury: Scary Spice continues to air her paternity woes in public.
- Jordan on Victoria Beckham: "It's not hard to be better looking than her, is it really? She's just a footballer's wife and Pete and I are still individuals." Wow. (Digital Spy)
- Geri Haliwell has based characters in her new line of children's books on celebrity friends like Victoria Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, and Coleen McLoughlin. From The Sun: "In one book, Victoria's character Princess Posh Vatoria arrives at a birthday bash in a limo. And Uncle Gordon is a celebrity chef who shouts at people while he is teaching them to cook. Coleen also appears, but only briefly."
- Julian Lennon has sold his stake in The Beatles' catalog: "The deal was made with Primary Wave Music Publishing, and will be officially announced today (April 13)." (NME)
- Paul McCartney's new album will be called Memory Almost Full.
- Girls Aloud have signed a multi-million-pound deal for Sunsilk shampoo.
- Jude Law's affair with the nanny has been voted "Hollywood's sneakiest affair" by readers of US magazine. (The Sun)
- Pre-order sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are breaking all sorts of records. (Guardian)
- The boyfriend of Footballers Wive$ star Gillian Taylforth (Jackie) has been found guilty of assaulting a hotel receptionist in Barbados. (Daily Mail)
- The Daily Mail spots a "suspicious-looking ring" on Lily Allen's finger.
- Oasis has issued a statement on their website rubbishing claims that Noel Gallagher is going solo.
- Sir Roger Moore quips, "There are bits of me in specimen jars all over the world. I just hope there'll be enough of me left to put in my coffin when I die." (Daily Mail)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor does Mamet! (Guardian)
- Klaxons and Kaiser Chiefs both played NYC last night.
- Obscure Sound profiles Lucy Griffiths' favorite new band The Maccabees. See my interview with the Robin Hood actress.