From Hotz: Because scoring more than $2 million for just two festival gigs could help put aside any musical difference that isn't centered around "Morrissey Vs Marr," it appears UK gutter-rock heroes the Libertines are reuniting this summer to play the Leeds and Reading fests.
Spinner has the details off various UK reports this morning, and the rest of the festival lineups are to be revealed later tonight. Whether or not this return will be a headlining appearance or not, it's great news seeing that front man Carl Barat -- who post-Libertines went on to form Dirty Pretty Things -- has put aside his differences with tabloid fodder guitarist Peter Doherty. The Libertines were pretty much a mess off the stage, but when on it they were one of the best bands of the era and essentially the UK's answer to the Strokes. Their gig at the Paradise around 2001 (late 2000?) was jaw-dropping, though Hotline remembers very little of it.
Maybe this can show the kids that Pete Doherty was once more than just a junkie punchline. And we can only hope these reunion gigs are more successful than the Stone Roses attempt to reclaim past glory at Reading back in 1996.