Hours after his band Babyshambles decided to skip their Friday night appearance at Britain’s Glastonbury Festival, the troubled rocker took the stage alone at midnight, putting to rest reports that Doherty was ready to pack it in in 2008.
The unexpected acoustic solo performance occurred a night after Babyshambles canceled their Thursday show at Norway’s Hove Festival.
The band’s website, however, still offers a list of upcoming concert dates, restarting July 4 at the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium, so it’s unclear whether Doherty’s really as tired of it all as the Norwegian news site VG Nett is reporting.
Taking over Babyshambles’ headlining spot on Glastonbury’s Park Stage were Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, who briefly announced on their website Thursday: “Friday night. Glastonbury. Park Stage. 10pm. x x x x.”
Doherty, meanwhile, played a nine-song set, including two Libertines songs—”What Katy Did” and “Music When the Lights Go Out—before dedicating Babyshambles’ “Albion” to former fellow Libertine Carl Barât, who was playing his first solo show at Glastonbury this year.
The Libertines freed themselves of each other’s company in 2004.
Before the festival kicked off, Barât told Britain’s Daily Star that he didn’t want to make too much of him and Doherty being in the same place at the same time.
“I’d like to check out Pete’s set if it doesn’t clash with mine, but at the same time I don’t feel well enough to deal with all the attention that might come to me,” he said. “If the fans spotted me, they would probably want us to get up on stage.”
The somehow-still-rockin’ Doherty recently served 29 days in jail for probation violation after he used unspecified drugs and missed a meeting with his probation officer when he was supposed to be on his best behavior after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis, ketamine, crack cocaine and heroin in October.
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