Pete Doherty who in bad taste decided to perform the national anthem that was used while the Nazis held control of Germany. This angered many of the fans who attended the On3 Festival last Saturday. The anthem ‘Das Deutschlandlied’ has been prohibited since the end of Worl War 2. This is the statement taht Doherty put out through his spokeperson:
“[He] wanted to celebrate his appearance in Munich by assimilating and integrating with the crowd, something he tries do wherever he goes.
He was unaware of the controversy surrounding the German national anthem and he deeply apologises if he has caused any offense,” the singer’s spokesperson continued.
Peter himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organisations including Love Music Hate Racism. This is a subject he feels very strongly about.
He continued to play his set until festival organizers asked him to stop. I put video of the incident here. You can watch another version below, it begins around the 2:30 point, and when he starts singing it people become angry, some start shouting and cursing at the singer.