Fans of the Can't Stand Me Now hitmakers were left worried after a no-show at a concert at London's Electric Ballroom and an axed date in Manchester, England led to speculation about recovering heroin addict Doherty's health.

The band returned to the stage in Berlin, Germany on Saturday (12Sep15) and have now released a new statement blaming the cancelled shows on Doherty's anxiety.

The statement reads, "Peter suffered a serious anxiety attack during the hours leading up to the scheduled performance at the Electric Ballroom last Thursday. The ideal coping mechanism in this situation is to lock yourself away from the source of the anxiety and in this case he headed to a hotel near Coventry in the early hours of Friday morning, in order that he be close to friends in his support network...

"The decision to cancel the show in Manchester did not come from Peter it was made by management, who felt it important to ensure Peter's welfare is a priority in line with any other ongoing treatment. Obviously the time away from the spotlight enabled the band to meet their existing commitment in Berlin... Look out for an announcement very soon regarding the rescheduled dates as The Libertines are keen to make it up to anyone who felt disappointed."