Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Recording on troubled rocker Pete Doherty's new Babyshambles album has been delayed after his bassist fractured a bone. Strummer Drew MCConnell fractured a bone at the base of his spine during a recording session at a west London studio as he attempted to catching a falling double bass. MCConnell laments, "I have a hairline fracture at the base of my spine. "I'm not allowed to sit down for two weeks. Joy."
Pete Doherty tried to pay off a £250 taxi fare by offering fiancé Kate Moss's belongings to the cab driver.A report in the Mirror claims that the troubled singer, who has recently been arrested once again on suspicion of possessing class A drugs, ran out of petrol in Camden and got a taxi to Kate Moss's home in St John's Wood.But the taxi driver then explained to the paper that Pete, 28, then came flying out of Kate's flat clutching a suitcase, an empty picture frame and a guitar, while a furious Kate hurled a glass at him.The cab driver, Roland Andrews, said Pete then told him to drive to Kate's second home in the Cotswolds, explaining that he had "women trouble"."I've messed up my life. I've messed up with everyone around me," said Pete, according to Mr Andrews.When they arrived in the Cotswolds Pete said he only had £100 on him, but that Mr Andrews should phone his accountant to get the remaining money. The taxi driver said: "He asked me to help him unload his stuff into Kate's house and then he said, 'If there's anything here you want then help yourself to it. The missus won't mind'."But he added that while he didn't take Pete up on the offer, when he rang Pete's accountant, he was told he knew nothing of the missing £150.
Pete was arrested on Saturday night, after a car he was in was stopped by police in Kensington High Street, west London (slightly more upmarket arrest location, nice to see Pete is being a bit more particular these days). Crack cocaine and cannabis were reportedly found in his possession, he was escorted to the local police station, released on bail pending investigation until June and ordered to return to the police station next month. This history of rock type 7-part documentary series, which will be broadcast on BBC2 from 19th May at 9pm and each Saturday night thereafter until 30th June, looks like it might be quite good. The Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack to our popular culture and defined each generation since the 1960's. The Libertines feature in the final extended instalment (on 30th June; entitled What the World is Waiting For, it covers the subject of British Indie Rock), which makes it even more potentially quite good. The previous six episodes will cover The Birth of Rock, Art Rock, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal, Stadium Rock and American Alternative Rock.The June 2007 issue of MOJO magazine has a 100 Records That Changed the World, feature, as selected by MOJO's favourite musicians, and Up the Bracket gets a mention (though quite a way down the list). And finally tonight, Matt wrote in to tell us about a short article about the early days of The Libertines, which he has written for issue #14 of Stranger magazine. The article includes an unpublished picture of the band rehearsing, and a couple of new quotes from Mr Razzcocks. The magazine is available in UK branches of Borders, through the website and there's a full list of places you can buy it from, on the site too.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
KEANE frontman TOM CHAPLIN believes Pete Doherty should be left alone to conquer his drug problems himself. The troubled Babyshambles singer has spent years battling an addiction to drugs, and despite various arrests and stints in rehab, he has failed to stay sober for over a year. Chaplin, who checked into prestigious rehab clinic The Priory in London at the same time as Doherty last year (06), says the boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss will only give up drugs if he really wants to. Chaplin tells British music magazine Q, "No-one's got any right to stop him killing himself."
British rocker Pete Doherty has finished recording his first solo album and hopes to release it later this year (07). The 28-year-old star, who is about to enter the studio to tape a second disc with his band Babyshambles, hopes his record label will also allow him to release his solo debut - untouched. He says, "Well to be honest, I think it's pretty much done. It's just now trying to convince the record company that everything doesn't need to be highly polished." However a record company source tells NME.com, "We're really keen to release Pete's acoustic record at some point in the future, but not until after the next Babyshambles album, that will come out first."