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The tour includes nine UK and Ireland dates in December

Placebo have announced a world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album.

The ’20 Years’ tour includes nine UK and Ireland dates in December, beginning at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on December 2 and concluding at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on December 15.

In a news story on the band’s official website, frontman Brian Molko told fans to expect to hear songs Placebo normally leave out of their live sets.

“Let’s just say there will be songs in the set that I’ve sworn never to play again,” he said. “I think it’s time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They’ve been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material. A 20 year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so. That’s our intention.”

Molko added: “This tour is very much for the fans and a chance for us to revisit a lot of our early material. So, if you want to see us play songs like ‘Pure Morning’ and ‘Nancy Boy’ which we haven’t played in almost ten years and may not play again, then you’d better come along to these shows! We’ll have some surprises in there too.”

Tickets go on general sale this Friday (March 18), with fan pre-sale starting two days earlier on Wednesday (March 16) at 9am. The band also said that further live shows for 2017 will be announced at a later date.

Placebo will play:

Glasgow, SEE Hydro (December 2)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (3)
Manchester Arena (5)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (6)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (8)
Dublin, 3Arena (10)
Newport Centre (12)
Brighton Centre (14)
London, SSE Wembley Arena (15)