Not Moz and Marr, But We’ll Take It: Pete Doherty and Carl Barat

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.
    (The Sun)
  • 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.
    (The Sun)
  • 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.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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