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PLACEBO at The Wiltern, October 18, 2013

PLACEBO at The Wiltern, October 18, 2013

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It’s one year short of Placebo‘s 20th anniversary. Their last tour, in 2009, lasted for 2 years. That was 4 years ago, and now with their 7th album, Loud Like Love, fans were more than ready for their return. There was a palpable buzz in the crowd. As Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal stepped out amidst very loud cheers, the stage changed.

Suddenly it was very clear why Placebo has endured for as long as they have. Molko and Olsdal shared the stage with a steady yet fierce confidence, occasionally taking turns stepping front and center to appease the crowd. Meanwhile, drummer Steve Forrest was like a centerpiece, tireless and spectacular with his platinum blonde hair and bare tattooed skin blending in with the majestic artwork projected on the stage wall.

Placebo tour set lists tend to become fabled, and songs anthemic. This show was no exception. From high energy “B3” and “For What It’s Worth” to old anthems like “Every You and Every Me” and “Meds,” the band played like they never stopped at all. They even played a great slow version of “Breathe Underwater”, and a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. And now, with new fan favorites “Too Many Friends” and “Scene of the Crime,” Placebo has once again created new anthems.

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