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Placebo: Moscow, Moscow again and Maxidrom

May 8 2007

An extremely popular British Placebo incredibly loved by Russian audiences. To prove this sense of reciprocity, Placebo will be given as much as 3 concerts in this country: two days in a row, 22 and 23 May, the group will delight fans in Moscow Club B1 Maximum, and on May 25 will adorn his speech Maxidrom International Festival 2007 in St. Petersburg.

Placebo history began in the mid-90's with a group, then still called Ashtray Heart ("Ashen heart"): Three young men, Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Robert Shultsberg together rehearsing, experimenting with sound, learning ... And in the beginning of 1995 they first came on the scene under a new name - Placebo («a placebo - medication, giving only a psychological effect). The sound of the Placebo only vaguely recalls the brightest group that we know today. Many record companies are not rated fuse the young group, however, after the 1996 debut album, "Placebo", in the UK are increasingly talking about the emergence of new stars on the rock scene.

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1996 also marked a departure from the group of drummer Robert Shultsberga. He was replaced by Steve Hewitt, a longtime friend of musicians. For more than 10 years of Placebo remains unchanged: Brian, Stephen and Steve.

Placebo ascent to the top of musical Olympus proceeded rapidly: albums "Without You I'm Nothing" (1998), "Black Market Music" (2000), "Sleeping With Ghosts" (2003) - each harder and more complicated. Placebo lyrics consistently occupy the top places of the world music charts, and in 2001 a group of first visit with a concert of Moscow.

In 2004, when the team is already behind such hits as "English Summer Rain", "The Bitter End", "Pure Morning", "Every You Every Me", "Special K", Placebo as the headliner act at the festival Maxidrom 2004 . The festival has become a real bomb under it at one stage played Hoovephonic, Reamonn, B-2, Brainstorm, Dolphin, Zemfira, Mummy Troll, Night Snipers, Arctic Monkeys and Dancing Less. Placebo run like a "wave" in the next 2 years Maxidrom visiting stars such as Franz Ferdinand, Bomfunk DJs, Fool's Garden and The Cardigans.

Placebo themselves not to waste time, and worked on a new album, released in 2006 and dubbed the "Meds". This CD is the most successful to date by the group and include such procedures have already featured hits like "Meds", "Infra-Red", "Because I Want You" and "Song To Say Goodbye".

In 2007, Placebo will again headlining international rock festival Maxidrom 2007, which this time will be held in St. Petersburg. May 25 at the scene of the Ice Palace Placebo will come along with the American team Evaline, the young heroes of Britain's Starsailor, a Moscow rock group of the GDR, international formation Esthetic Education (members of the band "Okean Elzy" and Belgium's Louis Frank) and the draft Eugene Grishkovec and Team Curlers . An unforgettable show called Maxidrom 2007 will begin at 19:00.

A few days earlier the same, 22 and 23 May, Placebo gather their fans in the club B1 Maximum, where they warmed up and play the Americans Evaline, already have experience of touring with Placebo in the U.S.. Beginning performances at 20:00.

Alexei Ivanov and Dmitry Vitvitskiy


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