Pete Doherty says that the former White Stripe has showed interest in producing a prospective new album
Doherty is right to be dubious: White has solo tour dates booked through mid-November and a Dead Weather LP pencilled in for 2015. Although White has often worked as a producer-for-hire, his last album session, with Wanda Jackson, was released almost four years ago.
There is also the matter of the Libertines’ stability. Their newly minted comeback is only three gigs and five months old. In recent interviews, Doherty has vacillated on the reasons for the band’s return: “[It’s] about bringing together the past and the future for the audience and all those people who the Libertines mean something to,” he told the Guardian in late April. Then, about a week later, NME published a piece where Doherty stated that they were playing Hyde Park “for the money”. “This time I think we’re getting half a million each, me and Biggles [AKA Carl Barât, Doherty’s bandmate]. It’s filthy!”
While Barât has maintained that he is “in the mood” to record new Libertines songs, Doherty’s drug habit is the elephant in the room. “Is he clean? Well, I don’t know, I didn’t ask him,” Barât said in April. Doherty’s Paris apartment was on show during the D8 TV interview: gesturing into a cluttered room, he said he had plans to “set up ... a little recording studio”. Doherty is using a typewriter to pen his new material. “I’m more productive,” he said. “And what can I say? More poetic.”
The Libertines are due to perform at London’s Alexandra Palace on 26, 27 and 28 September.
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