Gig Photography and Review by Jason Broadhurst
Last time I caught Placebo live they were supported by a band called The Horrors, and tonights support Toy are moulded in a very similar way. A constant barrage of flashing lights into dingy darkness created a rather dark and ominous gig making them the perfect opener.
Placebo have gained quite a cult following from their fans over the years, they travel from far and wide to their gigs. Tonights gig in Manchester is no different with many different accents and languages being spoken. After a crazy first two songs for myself and the other photographers, being ushered out then back in again to photograph the band, I headed to to the back of the venue to carry on watching. As the band launch into the title track of their most recent album ‘Loud Like Love’ the screens appear behind them to reveal videos resembling their album artwork. What is becoming apparent in this setlist is that it is predominately going to be tracks off this album. Fan favourites like ‘Every You And Every Me’ and ‘The Bitter End’ make an appearance but the glaring omissions from the setlist are the hit songs ‘Pure Morning’ and ‘Nancy Boy’. Despite this the crowd doesn’t seem to be phased loving every minute of it, hanging off every last lyric that lead singer Brian Molko sings.
The band then return one final time for an encore of ‘Teenage Angst’, the Kate Bush cover ‘Running Up That Hill’ and ‘Post Blue’ before finishing on ‘Infa-Red’.
Placebo Setlist: B3 // For What It’s Worth // Loud Like Love // Twenty Years // Every You Every Me // Too Many Friends // Scene of the Crime // A Million Little Pieces // Speak In Tongues // Rob the Bank // Purify // Space Monkey // Blind // Exit Wounds // Meds // Song to Say Goodbye // Special K // The Bitter End //
Encore: Teenage Angst // Running Up That Hill // Post Blue // Infra-red