Placebo 2015 tour
Updated: 28 October 2014
Placebo are to embark on their most extensive tour of the UK and Ireland since 2006.
The trio will perform for 18 nights across the country during February and March 2015 where they will treat fans to tracks from their latest release, 2013’s Loud Like Love, along with songs from their back catalogue including Nancy Boy and The Bitter End.
Placebo’s tour is to visit Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh during February while March will include stops in the likes of Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield. The tour will come to an end at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 24 March 2015.
Formed in London by Brian Molko and Stefan Osdal in 1994, the name Placebo is said to have been chosen because of its Latin origins meaning ‘I will please.’
Together with the band’s first drummer, Robert Schultzberg, they released their debut self-titled album in 1996 at the height of the Britpop era. It was a great success with the biggest single being Nancy Boy.
However, during the success of their first album there was trouble within the band between original drummer Robert Schultzberg and the other two members. Despite this, Placebo went on tour to America with Schultzberg but after completing their US dates they parted ways.
Steve Hewitt replaced him and they went on to open many shows for David Bowie on his Outside Tour, which magnified their success at the time.
Their next two albums saw a change in sound, including lots of glam rock influences that was due to the departure of Schultzberg. Without You I’m Nothing (1998) was a hit and Black Market Music (2000) was also received well. The latter saw their rock sound be infused with hip-hop elements.
The ever-changing three piece then released further albums including Meds, which featured artists Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. With this album the Placebo tour joined Linkin Park and other acts on Projekt: Revolution in 2007. Steve Hewitt left the band the same year to be replaced by Steve Forrest in 2008.
The album Battle for the Sun was released in 2009 and won Placebo an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative album. The trio then toured across Europe in late 2009 finishing with what was their biggest show at the time at London’s The O2 arena.
During 2010, Placebo took their tour to South America, Australia and Southeast Asia before returning to the UK to play more shows. In 2013 Placebo released their seventh album, Loud Like Love. In support of the record they returned to touring.