Storm over park shows for Ozzy Osbourne and Pete Doherty

Families living near London’s Hyde Park want to block upcoming concerts by rock wildmen Ozzy Osbourne and Pete Doherty over fears they will cause a nuisance. Doherty’s former band The Libertines announced last month (Apr14) they are reuniting for a headline show in the city’s iconic green space in July (14), and the gig comes just a day after Osbourne’s Black Sabbath perform at the same venue.
However, dozens of homeowners living nearby have described the concerts as “the last thing we need” after finally agreeing with local authorities to limit noise levels from live performances in the park.
The residents fear fans of Black Sabbath and Doherty, who has battled a long and highly public addiction to heroin and crack cocaine and has served several prison terms for drug possession, will bring an unwanted nuisance to the genteel area.
They are dismayed that after forcing local authorities to reduce capacity for concerts and slash the number of gigs in Hyde Park from 13 a year to nine, two notorious rock hellraisers have been allowed to book shows at the location.
Anthony Lorenz, chairman of the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James’s, says, “We can’t be supportive of this (Libertines) show for obvious reasons. We’ve had meetings over the noise levels and volume controls from the Hyde Park concerts and they have been under control recently. But we can’t be supportive of this sort of individual… Together with the Ozzy Osbourne concert the day before, it’s the last thing we need in the middle of Mayfair.”
However, The Libertines are defiant about the upcoming concert – guitarist Carl Barat tells British newspaper The Independent, “If people are concerned about noise they shouldn’t have moved to Hyde Park.”