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Placebo announce three festival warm-up dates (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

IN THE run up to the release of their highly-anticipated new album Battle For The Sun, released June 8th, Placebo are pleased to announce a series of three warm-up shows.

The band will play venues in Sheffield, Bournemouth and London in May, with the line-up as follows…

Saturday, May 9 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Sunday, May 10 – Bournemouth Opera House
Tuesday, May 12 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Placebo are also set to return to the main stage of the Reading/Leeds Festivals this August as well as playing RockNess in Scotland on Sunday, June 14.

With a 13-year history that takes in five studio albums, 10 million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Battle For The Sun is Placebo’s first new album since the release of Meds in 2006.

Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill in his Toronto studio (chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool) and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Placebo’s sixth album is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band.

“I believe ‘Battle’ to be the first of our albums to tell a story over the course of its 52 minutes,” explains Brian. “Our previous releases were really only collections of songs and even though the songs are ordered according to the musical flow, I hope that if you listen hard enough to the words that some kind of discernible thematic unity will begin to emerge.”