Babyshambles a near no-show


So, last night the ‘shambles were set to play at O2 arena as part of the NME Awards launch party.  I don’t think anyone would be shocked to hear that Pete failed to show up for the gig, but he wasn’t the only one.  Seems both he and guitarist Mick Wittnall were no shows.  Interesting that the remaining two band members decided to give it a go.  And they had some help in the process.

from Xfm – 

Bassist Drew McConnell and drummer Adam Ficek were then forced to perform as a duo and at one point were helped out by a member of the audience.

Speaking from the stage to the 300 competition winners of the NME Awards Launch Party, McConnell said: “Alright, my name is Drew and this is Adam. This is quite embarrassing really but it’s been a hell of a day. Adam and I are here but the other two boys in the band aren’t. It’s a pain in the arse really.”

Having performed ‘I Wish’, the duo were joined by fan Jamie Dell who played guitar and handled vocal duties for ‘Carry On Up The Morning’. They were then later augmented by The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard for covers of The Clash’s ‘Janie Jones’ and The Vaselines’ ‘Molly’s Lips’.

Reaching the end of their brief set, McConnell thanked the crowd for “…not killing us.”

Note many of the news outlet incorrectly identified the fan.  His name is Jamie Bell.  Here’s a short clip of the video [he acutally commented on YouTube stating he doesn’t remember much from the show ;)]

Remind me not to plan a trip solely to see Pete or Babyshambles

…because I have thought about it.


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