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Pete Doherty planned to dedicate his sets at Reading And Leeds Festivals to his former co-star Amy Winehouse last 26 August to 28 August.
Reports on tabloids and Daily Star suggested that Doherty would make his own tribute to the singer. Sources said the two stars were really close friends. Doherty was willing to dedicate his festival gigs to her memory because he loved her music. The star admits the news had beaten him really hard. He still can believe they have lost such a great artist and friend.
“I was in bed when I heard the news of her death. Someone had to wake me up to tell me. I couldn’t take it in and still can’t. Coming to terms with what has happened is almost impossible. It’s hard to think she’s not with us anymore,” Doherty said.
Pete Doherty covered Amy Winehouses’ “Tears Dry on Their Own” at the Leeds festival. He made his Leeds Festival debut with The Libertines back in 2002. After missing the band’s 2003 and 2004 appearances there, he was temporarily suspended from the group. He played twice in the Festival with Babyshambles before last year’s reunion.
The show was on unreleased material. Doherty played “Stranger In My Own Skin”, his own solo and Babyshambles set lists before, even it has never been officially released. He ended his show with the song “Fuck Forever.”
There were many opinions about Peter Doherty’s performance. A fan in the festival’s crowd said“It was good, obviously it would have been great if The Libertines could have come back but it’s always good to see Pete onstage playing the Libs songs, they do sound good acoustically. The Amy tribute was a lovely touch too”.
As well as Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty can’t escape from his drug’s past. He was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court, in his hometown London, Judge David Radford made his sentence.
“From what I have heard and what I have read there is no doubt that you are a talented and successful musician. However, you have an appalling record of committed offences of the kind for which you fall to be sentenced today,” Radford said
This was the third time Pete Doherty has been jailed. Last 2003, he went to prison for burgling his Libertines band mate Carl Barat’s flat. In 2008 he was jailed for breaching probation rules. Last may, Pete Doherty got released from jail.
“On this bright sunny morning Peter was released from prison and thanks everyone for their valued support while inside,” stated a message on the website Albion Rooms after Pete Doherty’s release.
Doherty’s manager, Adrian Hunter also gave thanks online to the singer’s fans for the support they had given.
“Peter has been released as was reported there hours ago. Long day folks but a happy one. Many good things done. All’s good and peace and quiet shall now ensue. A bit of ‘bedding in’ and reflection is on the cards and so much the better,” she said.
Unfortunately he might face five more years in prison after being caught breaking into a record shop in Germany and attempting to steal a guitar.
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