Placebo are of the bands that loved when I was a teen. The music has that perfect combo of melancholy and heaviness that I love in music.
Yes, you could say I’m a bit of an emo.
When I was 17, I was DEFINITELY AN EMO.
Although I’m not familiar with much of their music after 2006, their early stuff was what I grew up on.
On Tuesday night, they were playing at the O2 in Leeds. I went with my housemate, Christine.
We had a few pre-drinks at home, then met up with some others in Almost Famous bar and had a cheeky beer. Then headed to the venue.
We were on the guest list, so had to go in a different way. Which was a lot easier than expected. We skipped the support band for drinks and got there about 10 minutes before Placebo were due on.
We were right at the back to start with. The O2 isn’t massive, so the view wasn’t horrific. Though after Christine when to the toilet, she spotted a gap closer to the front, so we moved to a closer side on angle.
They sound fantastic live. Brian has such a distinct voice and I wasn’t sure how it would come across live, but they sounded exactly like they do from being in a studio.
They played a lot of the older stuff, which was fab because I wouldn’t have known many of the songs otherwise.
The set list:
- For What It’s Worth
- Loud Like Love
- Every You Every Me
- Scene of the Crime
- A Million Little Pieces
- Rob the Bank
- Special Needs
- Too Many Friends
- Space Monkey
- Exit Wounds
- I Know
- Song to Say Goodbye
- Special K
- The Bitter EndEncore:
- Begin the End
- Running Up That Hill
- Post Blue
About encores. I just don’t see the point in them. They’re mostly planned and everyone does them. Do any bands actually spontaneously play extra songs anymore? Why not just have an interval and then be done. Life is weird.
Encores aside, it was a great night.
I’m not listening to Placebo in repeat. My love for them renewed.
What was the last gig you went to?