Original emo rockers and arguably the best Placebo take a sold out Glasgow O2 Academy filled with an expectantly strange mix of fans to promote their excellent new album Loud Like Love. You know you’re in for something special when there is an entourage of three tour buses and three massive trucks park outside.
Purveyors of teenage angst Placebo need no introduction, now onto their 7th album they have been supplying us with musical excellence since 1994 the youthful male/female good looks of Brian Molko attracting male and female adoration alike…
Opening tonight were psychedelic rockers Toy mesmerising the audience with their trippy tracks and flashing lights…all got a bit strange with an array of 10,000 yards stares at the hypnotic lights..very good band.
Opening with B3 from the same titled 2012 EP Placebo make an electrifying start with the massive pa blasting out the best sound I’ve heard at this venue, Molko looks trim and healthy with a return to the long haired look loved by his fans. For Whats Its Worth from the 6th album Battle For The Sun really gets things going as bassist Stefan Olsdal strikes an imposing figure backlit from the impressive lighting.
A setlist comprising mainly from the new album Loud Like Love and the 2006 album Meds including the title track Loud Like Love, Too Many Friends, Scene Of The Crime the amazing Too Many Friends, Space Monkey finishes all too quickly with the Bitter end the only showing from the album Sleeping With Ghosts. Placebo get the encore they thoroughly deserve and return with Teenage Angst. Their now legendary gorgeous version of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill has the venue almost silent… concluding with Post Blue and Infra Red. Unfortunately no Nancy Boy or Pure Morning but the new material in my opinion now eclipses the older stuff by miles… An amazing gig.