Placebo to play Forum Karlín

Band is on 20th anniversary tour and promises to play old hits

The English alternative rock band Placebo will perform at Forum Karlín on Nov. 8. To celebrate the 20 years since Placebo released their first album in 1996, the band announced a World Tour starting in Denmark on Oct. 13. The tour is supposed to end in London on Dec. 15. To coincide with the anniversary, the band has released a retrospective vinyl, CD or digital download package called A Place For Us to Dream featuring the new song “Jesus' Son.”

They promised before the tour stated that they would play from their whole back catalog including songs they haven't performed in almost a decade such as “Pure Morning” and “Nancy Boy.”

“Let's just say there will be songs in the set that I've sworn never to play again. I think it's time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They've been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material,” said Brian Molko, the leader of the group. “A 20 year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so,” he added.

So far, the setlists from the shows back up the promise. Some 25 songs feature in the show, which has two encores. Their debut album from 1996 supplies five songs in the show. Most of their other albums which have two songs, except Loud Like Love (2013), Meds (2006) and Sleeping with Ghosts (2003), which each have three songs.

The shows have been starting with “Pure Morning,” with the main set closing with “The Bitter End.” The final encore has been a cover of the Kate Bush song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God).”

The band was formed in 1994 by Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal. They have been joined successively by three drummers. The last one, Steve Forrest, left the band last year and now only the two leaders remains.

Brian Molko is the lead vocalist but also plays guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, piano, percussion, harmonica and saxophone. Stefan Olsdal plays bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, piano and does backing vocals. They are joined by more musicians live on tour.

Placebo is known for its androgynous identity. The band has released seven studio albums, not counting compilations, for now and each of them reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom.

They have sold around 11 million records worldwide.

Their songs revolves around the themes of drugs and LGBT issues. For example the title of the song “Special K” refers to ketamine.

The band has been influenced most by David Bowie, Sonic Youth, The Cure and Nirvana. 

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