Placebo Live @ Eventim Apollo, London 24/03/2015
After two decades of music, Placebo still hasn't faded away and has been touring in 18 cities around the UK and Ireland for a month, to promote their 7th album Loud Like Love. London's penultimate show of the tour was introduced with LRD's mix of their 1998 Pure Morning vs. Sigur Ros' Svefn-G-Englar, while the audience was desperately trying to figure out where the band was. They finally appeared on stage and opened the gig with B3 from their 2012 EP. No surprises in terms of track-list, as it was the exact same they played throughout the whole tour.
They pursued with For What It's Worse, before getting on with Loud Like Love, the first of eight tracks they performed from their last album. The band then took their fans for a ride on a time machine with a rearranged version of their 1998 hit Every You Every Me, and returned to the present with a new song which Brian Molko introduced saying "There comes a time in every single relationship Ladies and Gentlemen, when the first act of transgression is performed… This time is now, and here is the Scene Of The Crime".
Followed, three other compositions from Loud Like Love, the very emotional A Million Little Pieces, Rob The Bank and Purify. Placebo then played their 2003 Special Needs, before Molko introduced the whole band - including new drummer Matthew Lunn - and concluded by introducing himself as "you can call me whatever the fuck you want".
The band got on with the second part of the gig, performing two other songs from the new album: the first single Too Many Friends, and Exit Wounds; as well as some more oldies including Special K and Meds which where particularly well acclaimed. They closed the show with The Bitter End, causing a humongous thrill amongst the crowd.
After a few minutes, Placebo came back to play Begin The End, the ultimate song of their latest album, as well as Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill which they recorded for their Covers album in 2003. They left after treating the audience to Post Blue and Infra-Red from their 2006 album Meds. Although the venue wasn't packed, the crowd showed an outstanding excitement and pleasure, and Placebo as a band has not aged a day.