UPDATE: A representative for Jack White contacted NME and denied that he ever expressed an interest in working with the Libertines in any fashion.
ORIGINAL: English rockers The Libertines reformed earlier this year to play London’s Hyde Park, and with a brief European tour on the way and a new album in the works for 2015, the band’s singer Pete Doherty has claimed that blues-rock superstar and Third Man Records founder Jack White reached out to the band offering to help produce that comeback record.
According to DIY, Doherty dropped the news on an interview with a French news network, saying, “Jack White says he’d like to do it. I don’t want to get too hopeful.”
The Libertines formed in 1997 and disbanded after seven years and just two successful albums, 2002’s Up the Bracket and 2004’s The Libertines. They never broke in the States quite as much as overseas, but with the emerging popularity of similar Brit-rock acts in the interim like Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, there’s no reason that a Jack White-produced return album wouldn’t hit it big on both sides of the pond.
Check out the dates for the Libertines upcoming European tour:
09.26 London, England: Alexandra Palace
09.27 London, England: Alexandra Palace
09.28 London, England: Alexandra Palace
09.30 Paris, France: Zenith
10.02 Amsterdam, Netherlands: Heineken Music Hall
10.03 Brussels, Belgium: FN Club
10.04 Berlin, Germany: Columbihalle
10.05 Dusseldorf, Germany: Mitsubishi Electric Halle