Sunday, July 23, 2006

Back in Rehab

Former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty will check into a drugs rehabilitation clinic on Monday as part of his on-going battle with addiction. His decision means that the planned concert by his new band, Babyshambles – due to take place in Ibiza on Wednesday – has been cancelled. Doherty has to prove that he is making progress in his bid to kick his heroin habit as part of a community order handed down after he admitted seven charges of possession of illegal substances. The promoter of the Ibiza Rocks event in the island’s capital of San Antonio was sympathetic to the wayward singer’s problems. "We were all really looking forward to welcoming Babyshambles but, at the end of the day, we love and support Pete and it's his health and happiness that are important," said Andy McKay. It is unclear at the moment whether Doherty's treatment will affect Babyshambles' dates for later in the summer. The band have a busy festival schedule having been booked to play at Belgium, Switzerland and London before the end of August. McKay is confident that the band will be back on the Spanish party island before too long however. "He has promised us that he will celebrate his recovery with a special comeback gig at Ibiza Rocks, so we can't argue with that," he said.

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