Recent story for NME.com on The Libertines’ first show in Dublin in more than 12 years.
The Libertines were joined onstage by Shane MacGowan on Thursday night (July 9) during a raucous gig in Dublin that also included a marriage proposal.
MacGowan made a cameo appearance at the 3 Arena in the Irish capital just before an encore of ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What A Waster’ and ‘I Get Along’.
The Pogues frontman took to the mic to declare his support for the four-piece. He later joined the band onstage at the end of the show for a group hug (see picture below).
Earlier in the set, Pete Doherty joked that he didn’t think MacGowan was enjoying the show.
“I was so thrilled to hear earlier in the day that Shane MacGowan was coming down to watch us, but I just looked over at him and he looked to have fallen asleep,” Doherty told the crowd.
“Shane MacGowan came to see The Libertines and fell asleep!”
The Dublin show – the band’s first in Ireland with Doherty since a support slot to Supergrass in 2002 – was also marked by a marriage proposal prior to ‘What Katie Did’.
Carl Barât read out the proposal to a fan named James from his girlfriend Suzie. Much to Barât and Doherty’s chagrin, however, the band was unable to locate the couple to find out what James’ answer was.
“We need to get to the bottom of this,” Doherty later said. “It’s meant to be one of the most memorable moments of their lives.”
Hundreds of British fans flew to Ireland for the 3Arena show, which was the band’s only non-festival date in the UK and Ireland this year to date.
Despite that, the 14,500-capacity venue was only about a third full when the band walked out to the strains of ‘Molly Malone’, by the late Dubliners frontman Ronnie Drew. They then launched into familiar set opener ‘The Delaney’, followed by ‘Campaign Of Hate’ and ‘Vertigo’.
The set also featured a UK and Ireland debut of new track ‘Barbarians’, which will open their forthcoming third album, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.
Propelled by a constant kick drum and a pop melody, the track is described by John Hassall as the perfect song to open the record. “The way it kicks in and the opening lyrics really sets the album off. I think it’s a good choice as an opening track,” the bassist previously told NME.
‘Barbarians’ was one of three new songs performed, with The Libertines also giving Irish debuts to new single ‘Gunga Din’ and re-worked old song, ‘You’re My Waterloo’. Watch clips of both performances below.
The set ended with both Doherty and Barât trashing their guitars. Barât appeared too accidently smash his Gibson Melody Maker after hurling it towards his roadie, only for the guitar tech to not anticipate the move and miss the catch. Doherty then joined in by smashing his guitar and hurling his mic stand into the boisterous audience.
The Libertines will next headline T In The Park festival at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, Scotland on Saturday night (July 11).
‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ will be released on September 4 via Harvest.
The Libertines played:
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘What Katie Did’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Tell The King’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’