Placebo will return to North America this Fall for their first trek across the continent in eight years. The long-awaited dates see the band venture through Canada, Mexico, and the United States, including performances at the iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Tickets are on-sale this Friday at 10 am local time (Mexico City is on-sale now).
The iconic duo of Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal recently announced their eighth studio album, Never Let Me Go (March 25, Rise Records). The 13-song collection, the pair’s first since 2013’s Loud Like Love, grapples with humanity’s multiple crises, from “Beautiful James,” a stirring anthem for non-heteronormative relationships, to “Surrounded By Spies,” an observation on tech-saturation, “Try Better Next Time,” a track that is both a statement on climate calamity and a poetic hope for the future, and the final preview of the album: “Happy Birthday In The Sky,” a moving ode to those who are no longer with us.
“I wanted to capture the confusion of what it’s like to be alive today,” explained Molko of the impetus behind Never Let Me Go, “the feeling of being lost, always walking in a labyrinth, continuously being overwhelmed by information and opinions.”
Never Let Me Go pre-orders are available now with the collection available on limited-edition 2LP red vinyl (indie retail exclusive), pink 2LP vinyl (web exclusive), standard black 2LP vinyl, cassette (a variety of limited-edition colors), and digitally.
North American tour dates:
September 4 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
September 6 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
September 7 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
September 9 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
September 10 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre (with special guests Cold Cave)
September 12 Mexico City, MX Palacio de los Deportes
September 14 Austin, TX Emo’s
September 18 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel