Babyshambles guitarist PATRICK WALDEN has dramatically walked out of the PETE DOHERTY-fronted band ahead of the group's massive UK tour.

The F**K FOREVER hitmakers played their first date in London last night (09JAN06) as a trio, with Doherty taking over guitar duties from missing Walden.

During the show Doherty, who was dumped by Kate Moss last year (05), quipped his departed bandmate had been incarcerated for misuse of his instrument. Pretending to read from a police charge sheet, he said, "Patrick Walden - misuse of the guitar act. I'm paying my penance for it now."

The band has yet to issue an official statement.

Earlier in the show Doherty confessed the tour may face further setbacks in the near future if court proceedings tomorrow (11JAN06) go against him.

He read out his own charge sheet following his arrest last month (DEC05) for erratic driving. Police reportedly recovered Class A substances from the vehicle.