The warm-up act was called Toy, I quite liked them, they were a sort of psychedelic instrumental indie sound. When Placebo walked on stage at last it was good to finally see them live. This was it!
The music began like an explosion of sound, with Stefan Olsdal in particular really delighting me with his flamboyant showiness as he played his guitar. The colourful lights were very bright and flashy, but the music was not actually so loud that you would need the earplugs that some of my friends had brought. Brian Molko sounds live quite the same as he is on the record. I think he could have said a bit more between songs to the audience, but every word was like gold-dust. The band opened with B3, followed with For What it's Worth, and several of their more catchy vibrant songs to begin with. The last half of the concert, however, consisted of more of their stuff from the Meds era, especially the songs I myself am not so keen on. They featured a few of the new songs from their current (2014) Loud Like Love album, but perhaps not all the very best ones. Before he sang Purify, he said, "this is the most artistically blasphemous thing I have come up with all year" - very funny. Exit Wounds was remarkable. At the end of Speak in Tongues (from the previous album), Brian Molko appeared to fluff up the ending of the song but then looked right up at ME, and I was at the back of the balcony directly opposite where he was standing! I think I was supposed to lead the applause following that number, but I was so surprised at his intense body language, and besides, I had a drink in my hand, so there was a stilted silence for a couple of seconds before somebody more au fait took the initiative.
As he prepared to sing their penultimate song, Brian Molko touchingly said, "thank you for coming, I do love you all, and I am sincere when I say that, I'm not just blowing smoke up your assholes." The band came back on stage for the encore, including their new version of Teenage Angst, which is brilliant.
Had a great time.