Brian Molko (Vocals, guitar, keyboard); born on 12.10.1972 in Brussels (Belgium)
Stefan Alexander Bo Olsdal (Bass, guitar, keyboard); born on 03.31.1974 in Gothenburg (Sweden)
Steven Forrest (Drums); born on 25.09.1986 in Modesto (California, USA)
Alex Lee (Tour guitar)
Fiona Brice (Tour Keyboard)
Steve Hewitt (drums)
Robert Schultzberg (drums)
Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal founded by her unexpected meeting in 1994, the Duo Ashtray Heart. After a while, the two decided to seriously want to make music and so they went on the search for a drummer. Originally Steve Hewitt was provided for this position, but this had to due to other commitments and so fit Robert Schultzberg joining the two. The trio first met in early 1995 under the name Placebo on stage.
On the origin of the band name, there are several stories. Stefan Olsdal indicates that the name placebo because of its Latin origin and its Beudeutung "I want to like" have chosen. Brian Molko turn gave in interviews on several occasions that the name is based on a satirical reflection of the 90s of the 20th century and their bands with the names of various drugs. He later testified that the most important point is to be able to imagine that forty thousand people howl the band's name in unison.
The self-titled debut album was released in early summer 1996 and has been a success for the newcomers in the music business. The first work with a duration of 60:30 minutes reached position five of the UK album charts and was awarded triple platinum. In France placebo landed on place 50 of the local charts. Previously and also in the further course there were strong tensions within the band, which cause emanated reportedly by Robert Schultzberg and his hatred for the world. His last appearance with Molko and Olsdal he had replaced at a concert in Paris (France), after which it was by the returnees Steve Hewitt. The new trio appeared in the episode among others the opening act for U2.
Anno In 1998, the band then the major label Virgin. There, the second studio album was titled "Without You I'm Nothing". For this placebo were awarded several platinum worldwide, in France and the UK get the band with the album Top10 placements. As known singles from this period are likely to "Pure Morning" and "You Do not Care About Us" apply, which came on the fourth and fifth respectively in the United Kingdom.
The British musician swam with the other Veröffetnlichungen with the front. In 2000 came with the album "Black Market Music" the first number one placement, albeit in France. The fourth album "Sleeping With Ghosts" also reached the top of the French charts in Germany landed placebo now on position two. As for the previous works were again multiple platinum awards for the band.
In autumn 2007, Steve Hewitt left the band because it had developed easily disassembled loud Brian Molko. Middle of next year Steve Forrest was introduced as a successor on drums. In summer 2009, then appeared with "Battle For The Sun" the first album with the new line of placebo. With this the band managed to make it to the top of Hitlsisten in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland. At the MTV Europe Music Awards the year, the group was named best alternative act.
The end of 2015 appeared an MTV Unplugged album by the band.
2015: MTV Unplugged
2013: Loud Like Love
2010: Bright Lights
2009: Battle For The Sun , iTunes Live: London Festival '09 , Ashtray Heart , The Never-Ending Why , For What It's Worth
2007: Covers , Exclusive Sessions , Extended Play '07 , Running Up That Hill
2006: Meds , Live At La Cigale , Meds , Infra-Red , Song To Say Goodbye , Because I Want You
2004: Once More With Feeling , Protège-Moi , Twenty Years , English Summer Rain
2003: Sleeping With Ghosts , Special Needs , this Picture , The Bitter End
2001: Black Eyed
2000: Black Market Music , Special K , Slave To The Wage , Taste In Men
1999: Every You Every Me , Without You I'm Nothing , Burger Queen Français
1998: Without You I'm Nothing , pure Morning , You Do not Care About Us
1997: Nancy Boy , Bruise Pristine
1996: placebo , Come Home , 36 Degrees , Teenage Angst
1995: Bruise Pristine
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