Pete Doherty makes a return to the stage in Newcastle

Pete Doherty has made his return to performing in Newcastle on Monday in his first gig since the pandemic began. 

The rockstar, 42, is one of the first musicians to take to the stage since Britain’s Freedom Day on July 19. 

He performed his gig at the Riverside music venue, the first in a string of intimate gigs he’s doing for his return to playing on stage. 

Back to it: Pete Doherty, 42, made a return to the stage in Newcastle on Monday night as he performed his first UK gig since the pandemic began 

His next gig will be at The Welly in Hull on Tuesday and after that he will travel to Derby to put on a show at the The Venue on Wednesday before making his return to his old haunt Powerhaus in Camden.  

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Pete sported his iconic flat cap as he played his acoustic guitar to his fans. 

He wore an undone light blue shirt which revealed the top half of his chest, and rolled up the sleeves to show off his tattooed arms.  

Performing: The rockstar is one of the first musicians to take to the stage since freedom day on July 19 

Singing: He performed his gig at the Riverside music venue, the first in a string of intimate gigs he’s doing for his return to playing on stage

A good time: Fans seemed in good spirits as they sang along and danced to the rockstar’s music

Fans seemed in good spirits as they sang along and danced to the rockstar’s music. 

This concert comes after Pete said earlier this year that he has been doing a lot of sleeping, eating French cheese and drinking water following his move to Normandy.

He is generally enjoying a much slower pace of life these days and has reportedly taken to the bowls-style sport, pétanque.

Pete is believed to join the locals at their club for a game of the French sport, which consists of throwing metal balls as close as possible to a target.

The once-troubled star, who lives with his film editor girlfriend Katia, has quit heroine and ketamine but revealed he still enjoying whipping up a cocktail.

 One local told the Sun: ‘Peter is no longer a bad boy. He’s relaxing, settling down and loving the goods things in life.

‘We introduced him to pétanque and he’s fallen in love with the game. He often joins our club nights when we play.’

Mikael Grondin, who runs the bakery, said: ‘He is always popping in for a bag of Bout de Choux (creamy little cabbage), which is a pastry filled with cream. Maybe that’s why he’s put on weight but, don’t worry, these will be good for him.’

And Pete revealed recently that he especially enjoys cheese on toast and that his ‘guilty pleasure’ is sleeping after he used to stay up for ‘six days’.

Exploits: Pete’s rock and roll image earned him an army of fans including the supermodel Kate Moss, but has recently turned his life around; pictured together in 2007

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