Placebo kick off greatest hits tour and reveal what they learned from David Bowie

The band took to the stage for BBC 6 Music Live

Placebo have played the first show of their upcoming greatest hits campaign, performing rarities and revealed what they learned from their friend and mentor David Bowie.

The band are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary together with a new ‘best of’ compilation ‘A Place For Us To Dream’. To kick things off, they were the first band to perform at BBC 6 Music Live today.

Bowie and Placebo collaborated on the title track from their second album ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, and remained friends since.

“Spending five years in the orbit of the spaceman, The Thin White Duke, the inimitable David Bowie and learning so much from him when we were babies was a pretty important step,” frontman Brian Molko told 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny. “He was the first person to talk to me about email. Art, music, literature, and just kind of life.”

Performing at London’s Maida Vale this morning on the first of their comeback shows to celebrate their anniversary, as well as giving new single ‘Jesus’ Son’ its live debut, the band opened with ‘Pure Morning’ – a song they’ve not played for nearly decade. They revealed that they’ve come to terms with a lot of songs that they’ve refused to play over the last ten years.

“This is the first gig of this retrospective 20th anniversary today,” said guitarist and bassist Stefan Olsdal. “There’s been blood, sweat and tears trying to get here today. Our relationship with our past and our back catalogue tends to be a little bit fraught. Looking back, you only see the mistakes really. We always feel that we want to play the new stuff, but if you want to go out and do a retrospective 20 years, then you can’t. How do we make the old stuff sound good now? How do we connect to it now? That’s been the challenge.”

Molko added: “Basically, we choose songs that at the end of the day don’t make us want to go and throw ourselves under a train. There’s been a couple of times during rehearsals where we wanted to do that, so we went to the station but unfortunately it was Southern Rail – so we’re still here.”

Placebo played:
Pure Morning (First time since 2007)
Jesus’ Son (Live premiere)
Loud Like Love
Too Many Friends
For What It’s Worth
Soulmates (First time since 2014)
Slave to the Wage (First time since 2014)
Special K
Nancy Boy (First time since 2012)
Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush cover)

Placebo release their new ‘best of’ compilation album ‘A Place For Us To Dream’ on Friday 7 October.

Their upcoming UK and European tour dates are below
Placebo will play:
OCT 13 – DENMARK. AARHUS TRAIN
OCT 14 – DENMARK. COPENHAGEN VEGA MAIN HALL
OCT 16 – NORWAY. OSLO SENTRUM SCENE
OCT 18 – SWEDEN. STOCKHOLM CIRKUS
OCT 20 – FINLAND. HELSINKI HARTWALL ARENA
OCT 22 – LATVIA. RIGA ARENA
OCT 24 – RUSSIA. ST.PETERSBURG NEW ARENA
OCT 26 – RUSSIA. MOSCOW OLIMPIYSKIY
OCT 29 – POLAND. WARSAW TORWAR
OCT 31 – GERMANY. HAMBURG BARCLAYCARD ARENA
NOV 02 – GERMANY. COLOGNE LANXESS ARENA
NOV 04 – GERMANY. MUNICH OLYMPIAHALLE
NOV 05 – GERMANY. LEIPZIG ARENA
NOV 07 – GERMANY. BERLIN MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA
NOV 08 – CZECH REP. PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN
NOV 10 – CROATIA. ZAGREB CIBONA HALL
NOV 11 – HUNGARY. BUDAPEST SPORTARENA
NOV 13 – AUSTRIA. VIENNA STADTHALLE
NOV 15 – ITALY. MILAN MEDIOLANUM FORUM
NOV 16 – SWITZERLAND. ZURICH HALLENSTADION
NOV 18 – FRANCE. LILLE ZENITH
NOV 19 – BELGIUM. ANTWERP SPORTPALEIS
NOV 21 – HOLLAND. AMSTERDAM ZIGGO DOME
NOV 23 – GERMANY. FRANKFURT FESTHALLE
NOV 24 – GERMANY. STUTTGART SCHLEYERHALLE
NOV 26 – FRANCE. AMNEVILLE GALAXIE
NOV 28 – FRANCE. NANTES ZENITH METROPOLE
NOV 29 – FRANCE. PARIS ACCORHOTELS ARENA
DEC 02 – UK. GLASGOW SSE HYDRO
DEC 03 – UK. LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
DEC 05 – UK. MANCHESTER ARENA
DEC 06 – UK. NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
DEC 08 – UK. BIRMINGHAM BARCLAYCARD ARENA
DEC 10 – IRELAND. DUBLIN 3ARENA
DEC 12 – UK. NEWPORT CENTRE
DEC 14 – UK. BRIGHTON CENTRE
DEC 15 – UK. LONDON SSE WEMBLEY ARENA

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