*Thanks to guest blogger Darryl Block for this review and the incredible photos. Darryl is a commercial and music photographer in Toronto’s east end with a penchant for indie music and eccentric portraiture.
To thunderous applause, Placebo opened their show at Sound Academy, Toronto, on October 15th. Drawing a huge crowd that mixed their two fan bases– angst-ridden youth and the nostalgic black clad nineties music fans– these aging rockers seemed to show that they were still connecting.
Beginning with track B3, pulled from their 2012 EP B3EP, and following up with “For What It’s Worth”, from their 2009 album, Battle for the Sun, the band showed early on that their trajectory for the show would not solely cover the older singles that rocketed them to fame and recognition in North America. As the show went on, the band continued in this vein, pulling songs from their recent catalogue, causing fans to become slightly restless in their desire to be pulled back into former glory days.
Well received highlights from the show were “Special K” and Placebo’s much-loved cover of the Kate Bush classic “Running Up that Hill”. The band’s opening act, The Moth and the Flame also saw some love from the crowd, who, while they may not have gotten what they were expected, still got the chance to see two great bands play a great rock show.