Photo by SoundOfAarhus
Tonight, British alternative band Placebo entered the stage at a sold-out Train in Aarhus, to give a speech (see below) and close down and leave two tracks later. It was the first concert on the global tour that is put together in connection with the band’s 20 years anniversary.
After getting rid of the supporting act, Placebo took to the stage – starting out with an intro to ‘Pure Morning’. The drummer begins and Olsdal enters the stage. The crowd is there, and the atmosphere goes up a notch. Then Brian Molko enters – everyone goes insane, instantly. It’s one of those moments, where you realize you are witnessing actual stars.
First, ‘Pure Morning’ is played really great. Following up, ‘Loud Like Love’ from the new album, kicks off great, but the second part of the track is full of errors – errors you do not hear from a band like Placebo.
After the song, Molko and Olsdal talks to each other. In other words, the talk long enough for the audience to get suspicious (see below). Molko grabs the mic and goes on with a long weird speech. Something about a gangrenous foot, and something about “something not feeling real”. Crazy moment. First concert in a year, first one on the tour, and he’s nervous. Eventually, the tour manager comes on and pulls him off the stage. Next thing we hear: the concert is canceled.
In short: Brian Molko started babbling through the second track on their set-list, seemed out of place, and eventually, sat down and gave a weird speech to the audience before he was pulled off stage. Hopefully, he will be alright soon, as Aarhus was the first concert on their tour, which includes gigs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm the next couple of days.
Update Oct 14: Official Statement
“Here is an official statement. We wish to sincerely apologize to all fans who attended the gig in Aarhus last night. Brian suffered a severe and unexpected reaction to some new medication which meant he was unable to continue with the show.
We are saddened and extremely disappointed to let you down on the very first show of our tour. We will endeavor to reschedule the show at a later date but in the meantime, tickets will be refundable from point of purchase. Tonight’s Copenhagen show will go ahead as planned.”