2016 has marked twenty years since Placebo released their first album. On February 2015, Placebo announced that for this anniversary they would be “embarking on a two years period of celebratory retrospective activity”. So after crossing Europe with their concerts, the British band, formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal, will perform on the stage of the Greek Theater in Taormina on the 21st of June.
Placebo are known for their androgynous image and musical content. Placebo’s music contains many references to drugs and LGBT themes. Aggression, love, drug and especially transgression are part of the songs of the trio. The sound is general highly emphasized thanks to the use of distortion effects on the guitar. The Placebo are also famous for light and romantic ballads. Some songs recall David Bowie’s glam rock. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide.
“20 years of Placebo” tour will differ from the norm of their concerts, as Molko has promised that the band will play a good chunk of songs from their back catalogue that don’t normally find onto their setlists.
“Let’s just say there will be songs in the set that I’ve sworn never to play again. I think it’s time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They’ve been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material. A 20-year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so. That’s our intention. This tour is very much for the fans and a chance for us to revisit a lot of our early material. So, if you want to see us play songs like ‘Pure Morning’ and ‘Nancy Boy’ which we haven’t played in almost ten years and may not play again, then you’d better come along to these shows! We’ll have some surprises in there too.“