Pete Doherty has made no secret that his decision to reunite with The Libertines for a Hyde Park is due to money and now claims that doing so is keeping with the 'spirit' of the band.
Both Doherty and Carl Barat will be reportedly receiving a modest fee of £500,000 each in order to play the British Summer Time show in July. While some may complain about Doherty freely admitting he is it for the cash, this is something he embraces, saying that it is what they have always been about.
"What do they [critics] think The Libertines did?", he says in an interview with the NME. "We signed to Rough Trade, right? Purely for the money. It's completely in the spirit of the band to play Hyde Park for the money! What the fuck are they talking about?! It's a fucking horrorshow, it just happens to be amazing rock 'n' roll music."
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"It's filthy," he continued. "Last time [Reading and Leeds Festival 2010] was supposed to be £240k each after tax for me and Carl. But by the time they paid for all the buses and shit there was just a tax bill. This time I think we're getting half a million each, me and Biggles."
Meanwhile Carl Barat and Pete Doherty have confirmed that the Libertines will be playing intimate live shows to warm up for the Hyde Park gig. There are also rumours that new material could well be in the works.
The Libertines will play British Summer Time in Hyde Park 5 July, with support from The Pogues, Maximo Park and The Enemy. For more information and tickets head over to the Gigwise Gig Section.
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