Placebo makes an eagerly anticipated return to the North East, after almost a decade, to a sold out crowd in Newcastle.

The intimate surroundings of the O2 Academy were packed to the rafters with adorning fans. The band asked the audience to be present and just enjoy the moment as opposed to capturing the show on their mobile devices, to which the majority obliged.

Placebo took the audience through a rather loud, hot and sweaty set of classics from their extensive back catalog. Their set included the likes of “Every You Every Me” and a rare rendition of “Special Needs,” which the band have jut started playing again after a long absence, alongside tracks like “A Million Little Piece,” “Rob The Bank,” and “Scene Of The Crime,” from their last album Loud Like Love.

Brian Molko stands on a flight case at the edge of the stage overlooking the crowd as they are sent into a frenzy during a crowd pleasing airing of “Meds.” The multi-talented Stefan Olsdal is on bass, guitar, and even keyboard duties during “Too Many Friends.” “Special K” has the audience hanging on every word, before the band close out their main set with “Bitter End” to rapturous applause leaving the audience wanting more.

The band only happy to oblige return to the stage with, “Begin The End” and their incredible cover of, “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush, before closing the show with “Post Blue” and “Infra Red.”

An evening Newcastle will not forget, let’s hope it’s not such a long wait until the next time.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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