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Dirty Pretty Things Play Last Show

Plus: Carl Barat and Co. talk about breaking up the band.

After playing their final show over the weekend in London, Dirty Pretty Things are now officially retired.

The show was banter-light, but did feature a shout-out from frontman Carl Barat to bassist Didz Hammond, who had become a father again after his wife gave birth to a baby girl the day before (via

The band saved their most popular tunes “Bang Bang You’re Dead” and “Deadwood” for the encore, and let a few emotions show, although talking to NME following the performance, frontman Carl Barat admitted, “Tears don’t work on stage.”

So if everyone’s weepy, then we have to ask: Guys, why are you breaking up?

According to guitarist Anthony Rossomundo, it was to save the musicians’ friendships: “It was like slicing out a cyst, or something. I don’t think we ever fitted in the suit [of being a regimented band].”

Barat added that he did have some regrets. “I was a bit idealistic. I wanted a band of brothers and friends,” he said. “But I wouldn’t change anything. The day the expectation and the regimentation of the band died was the day we became friends again.”

Barat is reportedly working on solo material.