In an interview with NME, Pete Doherty said that he and Carl Barat have been offered lots of money to reform the Libertines for festival dates, but Barat has refused to do so until Doherty and him reform their friendship.
"We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading," he said. "Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival. I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Let’s get the old band back together.’
(Barat) said, ‘We have to be friends, we can’t just do it for the money’. I said, ‘OK, let’s be friends! Friends who go and make lots of money’, because I haven’t got any money and I know he’s skint.
"He said I had to go and see an energy consultant, some new age guru who is going to measure my energy levels and see if I’m surrounded by darkness.
"If I am I’m not allowed to go near Carl because I’ll tap into his good energy and I’ll sap all the good energy and bring nothing but darkness into his life."
I always had Doherty pegged as the emotionally unstable one in that relationship, but it seems Barat is a bit New-Agey. I’d have figured that given that both are kind of on the low rungs after their post-Libertines projects have sputtered, they’d jump at the opportunity to go for the cash. Doherty seems keen, but Barat is holding off for them to be friends again? Bizarre. [NME]