Pete Doherty Pens Song About the Paris Attacks
Published Jun 03, 2016The Libertines' Pete Doherty is set to perform at the Bataclan when it reopens this fall, but before he christens the Paris venue, the singer has unleashed a brand new song inspired by the attacks that targeted that very place.
It's titled "Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven," and Doherty performed the song last month during his UK tour — but now he's discussed the meaning behind it in a new interview with NME.
After revealing that it was inspired by the Bataclan attacks, he elaborated on the dangers of people adopting terrorist tendencies at a young age. "At that age, when you're desperate to fight for something, it can catch you off balance," he said. "When you've got faith and belief, you'll put as much into it as a lad who's obsessed with guitars. So the lyrics are, 'Come on boys, choose your weapons / J-45 or an AK-47?'"
Doherty will grace the stage at the Bataclan for a pair of shows on November 17 and 18, and his sophomore solo album is expected out later this year.
Below, watch footage of the Libertine performing "Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven."