In true alternative rocker style the British band Placebo walks hand-in-hand with fame and infamy. The band has released six studio albums and 29 singles in its 16 years, having sold 10 million albums around the globe. Readers will perhaps be most familiar with their toe-tapping tunes “Nancy Boy”, “Pure Morning”, “Every You Every Me” and “Infra-Red”.
The band has gained some measure of notoriety regarding the sexualities of its members (Stefan Olsdal is gay, Brian Molko is bisexual and Steve Forrest is straight). Their excessive lifestyles and Molko’s androgynous image often make it into their lyrics.
In a 1997 interview with New York Doll, Molko said that heroin was “probably the only drug on this planet I haven’t tried”. He later admitted to having a certain level of familiarity with it. Drug references in their music reflect the nature of the times, Placebo contends, and cutting out such references would lessen the meaningfulness of their work.
Wednesday, 15 September at 8pm.
Venue: Papp László Budapest Sportaréna. District XIV, Stefánia út 2. Tel. (06-1) 422-2600. www.budapestarena.hu
Tickets: HUF 9,900-19,900 are available from eventim.hu