the past 20 months Brian Molko's Placebo have been on the road (writes
Emma Ludford), journeying to all four corners of the
world promoting Sleeping with Ghosts, their fourth studio
album and arguably the best of their career.
you bow out for a year, why not do it with a big bang..?"
like all good things there must come an end, and tonight's gig was
both a goodbye to the fans and a thank you-cum-celebration for the
last 10 years.
Arena was previously a no-go area for the band (having decided that
arena shows were not their cup of tea), but when you bow out for
a year, why not do it with a big bang?
that is exactly what they did...
anticipation grew at witnessing something amazing (writes
Crystal Rodrigues), Placebo took full advantage with
the slow, extended riff to 'Taste In Men', revealing themselves
on stage and sending those standing into a slam-dancing mess.
were showered by rubber ducks during the Wembley show - a
tribute to the band's ultra-loyal fanbase
swiftly into the electronica-bruising rock of 'The Bitter End' and
'Every Me, Every You', Brian and Co found themselves showered with
rubber ducks - the result of a radio interview in which the band
had declared a love of playing with such toys in the bath!
then dedicated the next song, the French version of 'Protect Me',
to all those who had travelled from afar to see them, as Placebo's
huge European following made itself loudly apparent in the audience.
slowed-down version of first single '36 Degrees' was followed by
'This Picture' and 'Pure Morning', the energetic thundering of Stefan
Olsdal's bass and Steve Hewitt's drums showing why the band are
such a force to be reckoned with...
to add to the perfection of their final show until 2006 (continues
Katy-Joelle Rodgers), Molko welcomed on stage at the
start of the first encore:
welcomed on stage the Cure's Robert Smith with the words 'the
only man who's allowed to wear more make-up than me...'
only man in the world who's allowed to wear more make-up than me"
- a fitting cue for Mr Robert Smith of The Cure.
two duetted on Placebo's 'Without You Im Nothing', and The
Cure's 'Boys Dont Cry'. Soon after, Molko dedicated the band's
new single '20 Years' to legendary departed Radio One DJ John Peel.
second encore saw the show end on a thrilling note with the eagerly
anticipated 'Nancy Boy', and a seemingly ecstatic Molko promising
the band would return after a little time off, leaving the stage
with no more than:
love you. We have been Placebo. Good night."
was fantastic (concludes Emma Ludford),
beating all expectations and instilling a lifetime of memories for
fans both old and new.
you were there, you'll know just what I mean, and know also that
there aren't enough words to describe just how sublime this gig
you haven't been to see Placebo yet, be sure to take a chance on
them when they return to the stage in 2006 - you won't regret it,
10 out of 10 (from Emma, Crystal and Katy-Joelle).