As long-time admirers of former Libertines frontman Peter Doherty, it seemed only fitting that Sedgley-based indie rockers, The Lines, should support him on tour.
And, last night’s set at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall proved the band have the musical ability, charisma and material to share the stage with any other headline act.
As dapper frontman Alex Ohm and co launched into an acoustic set showcasing new and older material, it was immediately evident just how far this band have progressed.
Songs such as Circles and Domino Effect took on an entirely different, almost blues rock feel, with the pared down instrumentation allowing Alex’s impeccable vocals to soar above the music.
Naturally with this being a hometown gig of sorts, the band’s legion of loyal fans were out in droves, singing along to every word and showing that, for many, these songs have already become classics.
An inspired cover of Waterfall, by indie legends The Stone Roses, concluded an all-too-short 30 minute set, with Alex announcing that the band would be returning to Wolverhampton again soon to play a full electric gig.
Once again, The Lines proved they have what it takes to command a stage, fill a venue and gain new fans. It can only be a matter of time before they themselves are the headline act.
While he may have appeared in newspapers more than in the charts recently due to his battles with drink and drugs, former Libertines frontman, Peter Doherty, appeared to be in fine form as he swaggered onto the stage wearing his trademark Trilby hat.
Accompanied by nothing more than a guitar and two ballerina dancers, he proceeded to play an impassioned, note-perfect set to silence his many detractors, featuring a wide range of material from his turbulent career.
The biggest cheers went up for Libertines classics such as Don’t Look Back Into The Sun, Time For Heroes and Can’t Stand Me Now, but songs from Peter’s Babyshambles era, such as Albion, also had each member of the audience singing along.
There was a particularly poignant moment when he dedicated a version of Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own to his late friend, saying: “Rest in peace, Amy”.
Despite all the adverse publicity he’s received in the Press, Peter Doherty proved himself to be a proficient and mesmerising performer. He’s a survivor.
And, as the crowd sang along to final track, F**k Forever, it was clear this perceived anti-hero remains a real hero to many.