Placebo: Soulmates Never Die
Placebo have boasted some stunning live performances over the years, and one of the most impressive shows I've seen recently was their set on the main stage at the V2001 Festival. This DVD captures their remarkable concert in Paris on 18th October 2003 in front of an eager and expectant crowd who weren't left disappointed. It’s been a long wait for anybody who has seen Placebo live and wanted to have it on replay.
They kick-off the performance with Bulletproof, the gritty and spirited opening to their most recent album, Sleeping With Ghosts. The album version acts as a lively introduction, and the live performance operates as an unadulterated opportunity for both crowd and band to unleash some energy, and sets the standard for the rest of the gig. With everyone warmed up to the 36 degrees plus mark, Molko and his faithful crew launch into an uncompromising adaptation of Allergic.
If nothing else, Soulmates Never Die adds a visual element to Molko's lyrical landscaping, giving a different perspective to the Placebo experience. Seeing Stefan Odsal's adrenalin filtering into the Parisian air and Brian Molko's emotionally charged stage presence will make you feel differently about Placebo, whatever you thought of them previously. Go on, you know you want to . . .
:: Paul Newbold