The Libertines rocker has had a long history of drug problems including heroin addiction, and took things too far in the band's dressing room at the Isle of Wight festival in 2007.

Pete tells Britain's Q Magazine that guitarist Keith Richards, who himself used heroin for several years before kicking his habit in the late 1970s, questioned his use of the drug and warned him against injecting it into his veins.

And at one point during the festival, the Can't Stand Me Now singer "passed out" in one of The Rolling Stones' dressing rooms and the band then dumped him in a bin as he was a "liability".

"(The Rolling Stones) had different coloured dressing rooms," he explains. "Uncle Ronnie Wood - his was called The Detox Room, all white and he dumped me in there, in the bins, with my legs in the air, on my back, like a dead cow. I heard Ronnie's voice in the midst of my dementia going, 'Have him removed. He's a liability - and he doesn't get the blues.'"

Pete says he has now conquered his heroin habit. He explains that he was inspired to get clean after being replaced by another rock veteran, Sting, as the first act to play at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, France one year after the terrorist atrocity which saw 89 people murdered by gunman at an Eagles of Death Metal gig.

The 37-year-old musician had originally been billed as the first act to play on 16 November (16), but Sting got in ahead of him with the late arrangement of a concert to mark the 13 November 2015 terrorist attacks.

"I imagined he'd (Sting) be motivated by thinking, 'We can't let some junkie b**tard re-open the Bataclan - I'm going to do it,'" he says. "And I thought, 'No, I'm going to be clean to do it. Because it changes how I sing, how I'm involved. I wanted to do this for this show. For them."

Pete's Bataclan gig proved to be an emotional one, as he was joined by the crowd in a defiant rendition of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise.