Presumably if you’re planning any budget for the Libertines, you’d make sure you had a line in there for rehab. If so, that budget is in use just now because it seems Pete Doherty has checked himself into the London branch of the Priory.
The NME reports that friends of the singer have said it is “pretty obvious” why Doherty is at the clinic – ie to kick his high profile drug addiction.
Writing about the experience on his website – http://www.babyshambles.com -
Doherty writes: “I’m fine… they’ve whacked me on loads of medication. 16 different colours [of] pills like hundreds of thousands or Bassets Jelly Babies. Very deranged and murky recollection of the last few days. A gaggle of nurses around my crinkly bed, they all jump as I wake up and yelp something about jelly. Then I notice a needle sticking out of my arm and spots of blood. What the fuck is going on? Vomit and shrieks, some girl warbling down the corridor in a towel. At least my laptop is here still. The only one who ever stood by me.”
While Doherty battles his addiction, final mixing work is under way on the Libertines’ second album on which, as previously reported, co-producer and former Clash man Mick Jones has said: “a record as good as this only comes along once in a generation”.