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Barat expects some 'hostility' to Libertines reunion

By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Carl Barat and Peter Doherty at the BBC rerecording of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in 2007
Barat (left) and Doherty have sung together since the Libertines broke up

Former Libertines star Carl Barat has said he expects some "hostility" to the notion of a band reunion in 2011.

The musician also admitted that he had not yet discussed the idea with his former co-frontman Pete Doherty.

"I sent him a text a couple of weeks ago, but he never got back," Barat said during rehearsals for his theatrical debut next week.

Earlier this week, Barat told the Evening Standard that it would be "glorious" to reform the band in 2011.

"If things are looking good that'll be nice," Barat told the BBC. "I guess I'll have to have a chat to Pete about it - he wanted to do it sooner but we missed all the dates."

He added that he had not read any reaction from Libertines fans on the reunion plan.

"I'm sure there's going to be some hostility towards it, but if it doesn't work out at least I've given it my all."

After The Libertines split in 2004, Barat formed Dirty Pretty Things and Doherty formed Babyshambles.

But the two have performed together on several occasions, and both have spoken about the possibility of a band reunion.

Doherty is currently facing drug charges in Gloucester after being arrested on suspicion of possession in December.

Barat is about to make his stage debut with Sadie Frost in the play Fool For Love at London's Riverside Studios.

He said the rest of this year would be taken up by recording and promoting his solo album.

Asked if he had chosen a title, Barat said: "The only title I can think about at the moment is Fool For Love, and that would be the worst album title since [The Who's] Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy."

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