The English rock band gave S’pore an early week rock treat with both old favourites and fresh hits
Text: Tammi Tan
Photos: Amos Wong & Alwin Tan
Who said it has to be a Friday night to get your party mode on?
The 1,500 concertgoers at Placebo’s showcase on Tuesday evening certainly chucked the “I’m only hyper on weekends” attitude aside when they arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel’s spacious Coliseum. The atmosphere in the place was electric from start to finish, be it in the mosh pit or the elevated VIP area. In fact, the liveliness was so infectious that even we couldn’t resist waving our giant foam fingers in the air every now and then.
Back in Singapore for the first time since their Fort Canning gig three years ago, the alternative rock band – comprising frontman/guitarist Brian Molko, guitarist/bassist Stefan Olsdal, and drummer Steve Forrest – played an impressive, practically nonstop set for an hour and a half, breaking just seconds between songs to change guitars (a different guitar was used for almost every single track – there were about a dozen of them offstage at the players’ disposal), and once before the encore.
While there was more or less an even number of gals and guys in the crowd, it was clear that the boys were the ones having the most fun. We heard at least two enthusiastic shouts of “I love you, Brian!” when the band first emerged on stage, and many excited male attendees were jumping up and down with their hands in the air. We even spotted a man who was clearly enjoying the show a lot more than his expressionless partner (maybe rock just ain’t her thing).
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