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Alt-rock band Placebo is currently touring the world, promoting its latest album, ‘Loud Like Love,’ released in September via Universal Music. ‘Loud Like Love’ was released about four years after ‘Battle for the Sun,’ an album which explored an additional nuance of the band’s musical soul, nuance that is further expressed in the latest work by Molko and Co.
Thrilled fans have anticipated the shows with excitement and sometimes with theme parties. It has to be noted that Placebo has an interestingly loyal and dedicated fan base which has been following them for years. The Toonari Post had the chance to see the band perform live in Bologna, Italy, on November 23. The Bologna concert, organized by Live Nation, was held at the Unipol Arena, an indoor multi-purpose location. The acoustics were good considering the venue, since indoor multi-purpose venues often have very poor acoustics.
People came from all over Italy to attend the band’s performance, and the atmosphere was loaded with excitement for hours before the beginning of the show. Alternative progressive rock band Toy warmed the audience up with a very enjoyable performance. The band gave a fresh interpretation of a music style which seemed to have been explored thoroughly before; Toy demonstrated the ability to capture and enhance the aspects of their sonorities through a more contemporary approach, making the sound defined and relevant – to the great appreciation of the audience.
Around 9:00 p.m. Placebo finally got on stage, opening the night with a vibrant version of “B3;” the audience exploded in awe, creating a flow of energy and happiness which filled the arena. Going on from a great start with “For What It’s Worth,” the atmosphere became even more exciting and participated. The band showed to be in great shape and the concert went on with a setlist which could hardly be improved. Picking songs from the present and the past, Placebo played most of the songs contained in the latest album along with classics such as “Special K” and “The Bitter End.” Additionally, the band performed a very special, new interpretation of the enchanting “Twenty Years.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Placebo performed most of the songs from the album ‘Meds’ which, without a doubt, is one of the greatest masterpieces of modern music. The entire concert saw the audience come together in what can only be described as a turbine of emotions, creating a vortex of energy going back and forth from the audience and the stage. At the beginning of the encore, the band played “Teenage Angst” while most of the attendees raised signs which read “Thank You” and the gesture seemed to move the band members. The setlist was very powerful and, incorporating all the different Placebo “periods,” showed how much consistency these musicians have. Although sonorities have slightly changed over time, all of the songs have that distinctive sound of the band, while always being innovative. This is a further demonstration of how much talent these guys have.
Brian Molko’s voice was as hypnotizing as usual, and his presence on stage kept its magical theatricality which usually embraces the artist. Stefan Olsdal’s bass lines are always able to enter the minds of the concert attendees and sustain them all concert long, while drummer Steve Forrest was able to reach peaks of drumming which left the attendees breathless. Although it seemed impossible, given the high quality level of his past performances, he even appeared to have improved his work.
The show was overwhelming, powerful, straightforward and honest. It was a pleasure for the senses and for the heart.
Image credit: Placebo via Facebook