Title: Kate Moss & Pete Doherty
Caption: This was a special moment. I was spending a lot of time as official photographer for Babyshambles. There was massive media pressure to get any photos of Kate Moss with Peter at that time. I got a call at about 11pm by the band and they said we are doing a quick last minute surprise gig in Islington, London in about an hour, which was midnight. So, I grabbed my cameras and headed into town. I met Peter and Kate as I pulled up, we walked in together. It was a very strange venue, all unlicensed. It was pretty much a squat. No electricity as such. Power came from an old generator out the back with one electric cable dragging along the floor of this illegal old pub. Anyway, the band started up almost immediately. There were no lights working in there at all. It was rammed full of sweaty young kids. It was so crowded I couldn2019t get my cameras out and up to my eye easily at all. Anyway, as I did get my cameras out the lenses steamed up immediately. Then suddenly, through the dark steamy atmosphere I saw the dress that Kate was wearing. She stepped towards the band and grabbed the microphone. I wiped the lens and just shot as much as I could. She stood with the microphone for about 3 seconds. Then disappeared into the dark sweaty mist. I got the only shots of Kate singing with Pete and Babyshambles. They were used all around the world, newspapers and magazines. The evening ended very abruptly after that as the front door was pushed opened by about 40 riot police and we were all thrown out onto the street. Kate disappeared out the back door whilst this was all going on. I walked down the street with Pete who still had a guitar and he was playing and singing whilst being followed by hundreds of fans, a bit like the Pied Piper of Hamlyn.. Obviously I photographed it all.
2010 Danny Cifford