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

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.

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.


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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