Well. The dust has finally settled on Rock City after what was one of the greatest shows we have EVER had the privilege to host.
Check out this review from James Blogs, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
A decade ago – among a mess of drugs, arrests and one of music’s greatest fallings out – one of the finest British bands in a generation, The Libertines went their separate ways. What a difference time can make, as following on from their triumphant Reading and Leeds headline sets, the likely lads are well and truly back and better than ever.
Kicking off their intimate pre-album show with a rollicking rendition of Horrorshow, Pete, Carl, Gary and John look like they’ve never been apart, marching on stage before the lights even go out, as the crowd go mental.
Given that the tour was only announced a week ago today, it is a testament to the band that they have completely sold out every venue they’re visiting this week, but I don’t think it would be possible to match the energy that was felt running through the veins of everyone in attendance at Rock City.
By the time they reach Can’t Stand Me Now four tracks in you’ve barely taken a breath, bouncing so hard your feet feel like they might fall off, and your voice already becoming hoarse.
Every last minute is worth it though, as the sheer ground swell of support brings forth the feeling that this moment is something special. This band, which has been through so much to come out the other side, have found a peace that they can now share with everyone in the building.
“Everyone I spoke to outside told me the last time they saw me I was totally fucked up.” muses Pete Doherty, “I don’t remember what happened Rock City, but this time lets have fun and play beautiful music together” he continues, before running into one of the nights biggest sing alongs Music When the Lights Go Out. After the hardcore moshing going on, this is a welcome change of pace, as the crowd sway their arms back and forth, continuing into the bewitching and beautiful What Katie Did.
Never a band to exactly stick to the rules, both Pete and Carl light up cigarettes during the set to ovation from the crowd who at this point I’m pretty sure would explode if they just sat and read the phone book.
The sold out crowd didn’t just know every word of every song, but they knew every song by its first chord. It would not be unfair to say that this was a party – nay a celebration even – of everything that made the band great to begin with all those years ago. Their sound is raw, and not completely polished, but its all the better for it.
You can hear the meaning in every word Pete and Carl sing, and as the band explode into their grand finale – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun – the crowd become totally unglued. This was a crowd who have waited years for this tour, unsure if it was ever coming, or if the rare festival appearances would be their only chance to see the boys in all their glory.
Thankfully with new album Anthems for Doomed Youth out later this week, and this intimate tour selling out in seconds we can only hope that there will be more to come from the Boys in the Band.
Until then we will have the memories of one of the most raucous, exhilarating gigs to grace the Rock City stage in many years. And what memories they are. What Became of the Likely Lads you might ask? Well they’re back! Thats what!
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