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Music > Placebo return for latest round of fire September 5, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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Popular gender-bending act plays Athens tonight > Just three shows into an extensive world tour that ends a little before Christmas in Germany, Placebo will perform tonight at the Terra Vibe venue in Malakassa, on the Greek capital’s northern outskirts.

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Just three dates into their latest world tour, the multinational rock outfit Placebo, a regular and popular visitor here, will perform in Athens tonight at the Terra Vibe venue in Malakassa, on the capital’s northern outskirts.

With a new album, their fifth, released last spring, Placebo reminded critics and fans of their determination to keep providing fresh-sounding material. “Meds,” the group’s latest work, provides yet another round of the act’s bare-sounding musical honesty, vulnerability and sense of danger.

Formed in the early 1990s by frontman Brian Molko, a Scottish-American musician raised in the UK, and Swedish bassist Stefan Olsdal, Placebo took little time to draw a following. Their self-titled debut album in 1996 produced a series of hit singles and the act found itself on major stages opening for celebrated acts, such as the reformed Sex Pistols and U2. A year later, the act was invited by David Bowie to perform at the superstar’s 50th birthday bash at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It was not a one-off venture for the band with Bowie. Not long afterward, the legendary rocker, whose androgynous style during the glam-rock era of the early 70s had an impact on Placebo years later, made a special appearance with the band at a New York show. Bowie and Placebo also gathered for a rerecording of the title track from the band’s 1998 album “Without You I’m Nothing” which was issued as a single. For their third album, Placebo injected hip-hop and disco elements to their restive rock sound.

In 2003, Placebo returned with a harder-edged sound for “Sleeping With Ghosts” their fourth album and an international chart success. Placebo’s career-spanning compilation “Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004” reaffirmed the band’s hard-to-pinpoint style and tendency to progress naturally with each album. The band’s latest release, “Meds,” for which frontman Molko has put aside his glam-era fixations, includes a duet with REM’s Michael Stipe.

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