The Libertines drummer, Gary Powell, has labelled Morrissey ‘an absolute prick’ and a ‘knob’.

Speaking to, after performing at the O2 Academy in Leeds, the Libertine said:

“You know what it’s like, people like the music but they also like the characters behind the music. If it’s music by itself, the music needs to be damn good. To retain some kind of anonymity behind everything, your music has to be damn good.”

Spurred on by Babyshambles drummer, Adam Ficek, (also playing at the gig) who stated “Morrissey can do that”, Gary Powell continued:

“No he can’t. Morrissey created a character and everybody jumped on board, and then he kind of went into his little cave. I’m not a big Morrissey fan. When I played with the New York Dolls, Morissey ignored me at sound-check, and then we had a big meet and greet with everybody, and I was stood next to David Johansen from the New York Dolls, it was literally like meeting the queen, but Morrissey stopped at Johansen, chatted to him for a bit and then walked away. Morrissey, is a knob. He’s an absolute prick.”

Lead singers Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, are said to be writing new material for The Libertines.

The Libertines also supported Morrissey in November 2002.