The band play two gigs in London and Manchester - and there'll be a new single to coincide...

PLACEBO are to play their only UK shows of 2004 at the beginning of March.

The band will play London’s Brixton Academy on March 1 and Manchester Apollo on March 3.

Placebo will also precede the dates with the release of a new single, ‘English Summer Rain’, on February 23. A DVD, ‘Soulmates Never Die – Live In Paris’ is set to come out on March 8.

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