It is with regret that The Libertines announce they are to continue without singer and guitarist Peter Doherty due to his well-known addiction problems, specifically with crack cocaine and heroin.
Says The Libertines’ Carl Barat: “Peter is and always will be a Libertine and when he cleans up from his addictions he will be immediately welcomed back into the band.
“This decision is made with love and with no disregard to Peter and his problems. The other members of the band – Gary, John – and myself have come to this conclusion after three recent failed rehab attempts, all of which The Libertines have funded.
“Peter’s erratic mental state worries us greatly and having him on tour would only compound his problems. We aim to complete all existing tour commitments without him.”
The Libertines’ eponymously-titled new album is in stores on Monday 30th August. It was recorded with Doherty in April and May, before his health problems escalated beyond control.
The band, who were forced to cancel several appearances (including Glastonbury) in the past month, will now be appearing at Glasgow’s T in the Park on 10th July. The show will be followed by the Oxygen Festival in Dublin on 11th July and the Reading and Leeds Festivals on 28th / 29th August.