LOUD LIKE LOVE
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since their debut album 'Placebo' was released; but 6 albums later Placebo are still going strong and what better way to celebrate this milestone than with a greatest hits tour?
Kicking off the show with a short tribute to Leonard Cohen and a screening of the unreleased promo for 'Every You Every Me', the band launch into a stomping rendition of 'Pure Morning'.
From there the set was split into two halves - the first being the ‘melancholic section of the concert’ as dubbed by frontman Brian Molko, including 'Devil In The Details', ‘Loud Like Love’, 'Space Monkey', 'Exit Wounds' and 'Without You I'm Nothing' (the original video for the track featured a live performance with the late David Bowie, making the song even more poignant).
By the second half of the show everyone was up as the band belted out fan favourites such as ‘36 Degrees’ and ‘The Bitter End’ followed by not one, but two encores including 'Teenage Angst', 'Nancy Boy' and their tremendous rendition of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill'.
The band themselves are incredibly tight, delivering faultless sounds throughout, taking the crowd on a comprehensive journey through their 20 year back catalogue.
For fans who have grown up with Placebo as the soundtrack to their formative years, the show was incredibly moving in parts, from the stunning light show to the stock footage of the band from the beginning. “Welcome to our birthday party!” and what a birthday party it was.