The Colston Hall, Bristol – March 19th 2015
Placebo, sold out at the beautiful copper clad Colston Hall in Bristol? Sure! Why not!
Support tonight is from The Mirror Trap from Dundee. They indie sound is melodic & fast at times but doesn’t seem to deliver a sound that hasn’t been done already. The crowd politely clap their way through a 30 minute support slot but the real show is still yet to come.
Having been off the radar for a while it has been some time since Placebo have been on the road, but in recent weeks they have been promoting Loud Like Love their latest release from 2014 in an extensive run of shows in the UK.
Tonight the sold out, dressed predominantly in black crowd are here to see a band who are rapidly approaching twenty years of records and tours. Seen in the 90’s as a glam revival to some degree, Placebo have matured in the last two decades but still remained as one of the most popular and well known bands in rock music.
Greatest Hits tour this is not, some people may be a little miffed at this but if you are a fan you’re a fan, so what does it matter!
Brian Molko slowly works the crowd up, although just by being there it is enough for girls or today and yesterday to go crazy. Stefan Olsdal is the man of many talents so it seems as during the set there is a constant rotation of bass, guitar and keyboard playing with the other fringe members of the band.
The chemistry being Brian and Stefan is still there with times they stand together in the middle of the stage working their way through the set. Accompanying them in their 17 track main set there was a quite spectacular light production.
Molko appeared to be in good spirits…. not one for talking too much he suggest when introducing the band that the crowd could “call me whatever the fuck you want”… a persona that could easily be likened to Morrissey in terms of charm and quick witted lyrical content.
The band perform tracks throughout the night such as Meds, Special K, Every You Every Me and end the set with The Bitter End – all to rapturous applause and reception, including myself, there is no doubting that these songs are belters. The band return to the stage to perform a four track encore, including their take on Kate Bush‘s Running up that Hill and ending the night on Infra Red.
20 year anniversary next year, perhaps we will see Placebo hit the road again on a Greatest Hits tour.