Many people might have completely given up on Pete Doherty - one of Britain's most important songwriters from the last two decades, the man had a bright future that turned dark just as quickly. 'You never know what you've got 'til it's gone', goes the song - how true here.
But despite the drugs, the courts, the jail, the drugs, the courts, the jail, the dr..., you get the picture, Doherty is about to make yet another comeback by way of reinvention, as well as rehab. After successfully re-launching his beloved Libertines in 2010, causing all manner of excitement at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, the previously troubled troubadour now turns his attentions back to Babyshambles.
After recruiting Stereophonics' drummer Jamie Morrison as a replacement to Adam Ficek a while back, Babyshambles busied themselves with demoing a new album with Stephen Street, due for release later in the year. As yet untitled, it will follow 2007's "Shotters Nation" which Street also worked on and will be supported by a full UK tour in the autumn.
Billed with the title Sequel to the Prequel, the tour will be formed of two parts, one chunk starting in September, the other in October.
September's portion will begin in Glasgow on the 4th, followed by Newcastle, Leeds, Brixton and many more until Norwich on the 16th. Babyshambles will grab the touring baton again in October starting with Sheffield on the 12th, followed by Hatfield, Leamington and more until winding up in Bournemouth on the 21st.
Tickets on sale now, with prices starting from around £23 (£25 for London). Needless to say, interest will be huge in this tour and more dates may be added to fulfill demand. After all, this will be the band's first live action for three years.