The Libertines @ The Social, Orlando (22-10-04)
By Julie Zerbib
For a band in hyped turmoil, The Libertines put on a damn good show.
As Carl, John, Gary, and replacement guitarist, Anthony Rossomando engaged
in a feverish onstage battle of melodies, the crowd at The Social in
Orlando can't seem to get enough. They cheer at the sound of familiar
songs like "Don't Look Back Into the Sun," "Can't Stand
Me Now," the new single, "What Became of the Likely Lads,"
and the ever popular single from their freshman album, "What a
Waster," which resonates in the minds of all, regarding ousted
front man Pete Doherty.
John's onstage banter provoked laughter at the front of the stage when
he discussed the infamous Red Sox baseball game. "Who knew these
Brits could talk baseball!" exclaimed one audience member. There
was nothing more obscene in this scene than the time it took for the
bands to get onstage. A good forty-five minutes spanned before The Libertines
got onstage. Quite an eternity to wait for the epitome of what a band
should be. For, that's what the Libertines are, whether it's their journey
on the Albion, or their adventures in Arcadia. As far as being one of
the best shows of the season, it was also the loudest. Adorned with
a cowbell given to him by opening band, Radio 4, one fan couldn't contain
himself and contributed to the onslaught of noise coming from the amps.
This also caught the attention of Carl Barat who walked over to the
front of the stage and shook his hand. The sparks kept flying as the
lads got into the encore, playing "France," and "The
As this punk militia trudged on, the crowd acted as witness to an epiphany
that despite watching a band dealing with so many problems, The Libs
are the voice of a generation. The Libertines aren't just a band, they're
a way of life- especially for those of us who are inspired by more than
just their music.