Placebo tour the UK and Ireland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled, debut album.
Placebo 20th Anniversary tour
Updated: 17 March 2016
Placebo return with a huge December UK and Ireland tour to celebrate 20 years since the release of their first album.
The tour will be a rare chance for fans to hear songs from Placebo’s back catalogue, including those tracks which the band has stated they will no longer play live. It will be a journey back to Placebo’s earlier hits with songs like Pure Morning and Nancy Boy in the set.
Placebo’s 2016 tour will get underway on 2 December at Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro and will come to a close on 15 December at London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley. The tour is scheduled to pass through Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dublin, Newport and Brighton during December.
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 album’s 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. After completing their US dates they parted ways.
Steve Hewitt replaced Robert Schultzberg 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, often with a glam rock influence that was down 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 went on to release 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 then their biggest show 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, and returned to touring.