The Libertines drummer Gary Powell has said his reservations surrounding the band’s recent reunion were quickly dispelled after the four members gathered for their first rehearsal.
Doubts had been raised as to the longevity of the reformation, with many wondering whether the band’s key members Pete Doherty and Carl Barat would be able to fall back into the group dynamic.
However, speaking to The Sun newspaper, Powell revealed he noticed a less-egotistical atmosphere following their reconciliation. “We’re still ironing a few things out but we’re working hard to make it happen,” he said. “There will be a few surprises but I reckon people will be more surprised to see all four of us back on stage.
We fell back into place where we were beforehand rather than where we ended up. It’s not got the whole ‘Pete and Carl think they’re superstars and they’re in superstar bands’ feel. I did worry. But it’s really refreshing to see them actually talking to each other. We go to the pub after rehearsals and play snooker. Morale is high. It’s like the last six years haven’t happened.”
As ever, concerns were also raised about Pete Doherty’s struggle with drugs, a chief reason for the band’s premature end six years ago, but Powell again moved to reassure fans of Doherty’s willingness to control his behaviour. “Pete is doing his damnedest – he’s making a valid effort at sorting himself out,” he revealed. “He looks great. Very sharp. The suits are back and his time-keeping is not too bad. Pete’s got a lot on but he really wants this.”
After a series of low-key warm-up shows, The Libertines are set to make their comeback when they appear at the Leeds Festival on August 27th.Just Published: