“Placebo” will give a concert in Sigulda, Latvia, on 22nd of June to support their latest, eighth, studio album.
Due to the limited capacity of the Sigulda castle ruins, only 4,000 tickets are on sale.
“Placebo” was founded in 1994, when singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Molko met guitarist Stefan Olsdal and the duo is still the constant core of the band.
“Placebo” are one of the defining alternative rock bands of the past 25 years, with 13 million albums sold to date worldwide. The band’s self-titled debut album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music, acting as an antithesis to Britpop and inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. “Placebo” went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, played sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe and collaborating with music legends including David Bowie, Robert Smith and Michael Stipe.
Extremely rich “Placebo” hit accounts represent such masterpieces as Pure Morning, Nancy Boy, Special K, Bitter End, Every You Every Me, Twenty Years, Song To Say Goodbye, Special Needs, Meds, This Picture, Infra-Red, Black-Eyed, Ashtray Heart, Battle For The Sun, Because I Want You, Teenage Angst, Slave To The Wage, Sleeping With Ghosts and lots of other songs, which keeps the “Placebo” on the list of most successful single-makers.
The band’s unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty has for a long time made them a refuge for those who felt that the trappings of tradition, and the mainstream, were exactly that – a trap. Placebo continue to shine a light on the aspects of our society that are all too often viewed by some with scepticism at best, and hatred at worst.
And it is with some poignancy then that new single Beautiful James, the first ambassador of the brand new album, arrives, finding itself born into a world that is as divided as it has ever been.
Brian Molko comments further:
If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it. But it remains imperative for me that each listener discovers their own personal story within it - I really don’t want to tell you how to feel.