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The bitter end?
Gigs: 5 November 2004 - Placebo at Wembley Arena
Brian Molko with Robert Smith
Boy's club...Molko and Co were joined on stage for their first encore by the Cure's Robert Smith (pic courtesy of Placeboworld)
Placebo bow out after 10 years of bruising, epic firepower. But they're not going quietly, say three of the band's most devoted fans...


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For 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.

"When you bow out for a year, why not do it with a big bang..?"

Sadly, 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.

Wembley 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?

And that is exactly what they did...


As 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.

Placebo were showered by rubber ducks during the Wembley show - a tribute to the band's ultra-loyal fanbase

Launching 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!

Molko 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.

A powerful, 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...

eagerly anticipated

Just 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:

"Molko welcomed on stage the Cure's Robert Smith with the words 'the only man who's allowed to wear more make-up than me...' "

"The 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.

The two duetted on Placebo's 'Without You I’m Nothing', and The Cure's 'Boys Don’t Cry'. Soon after, Molko dedicated the band's new single '20 Years' to legendary departed Radio One DJ John Peel.

The 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:

"We love you. We have been Placebo. Good night."

Tonight was fantastic (concludes Emma Ludford), beating all expectations and instilling a lifetime of memories for fans both old and new.

If 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 was.

If 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, I promise!

Rating 10 out of 10 (from Emma, Crystal and Katy-Joelle).

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