This week we’re offering you a bumper deal on rock, live from Leeds O2. Big fanfare for a our first act..please welcome…the legendary…Placebo. I was a bit worried cos the lighting was looking a bit dodgy but then miraculously everything got much better (must have been the Placebo effect), which was good, as you only ever get two songs and the pit was as crammed as the venue. As always the key thing was making sure you were in the right place to get some decent shots of lead Brian Molko, who was actually born in Belgium…who knew?! Anyhow it wasn’t difficult to see where he was going to be on stage as his bassist is about six foot four and he’s about five foot six so the little and large mics were a dead giveaway. They are such a brilliant band and it was amazing to be there for a rare and always sold out gig, albeit for under ten minutes.
Meanwhile it’s been 14 years since Alice in Chains took to the road, and on the face of it the band is looking pretty different not least because during that time llead Layne Staley and bassist Mike Starr have sadly met their drug-fuelled demise. That said, new frontman William DuVall is a charismatic presence on stage, brilliant to photograph, and the rocking is as hard as ever. I always liked them. I sitll like them and it’s great to see them back.
This week’s bonus gig – Public Service Broadcasting at Leeds Uni – entertaining as ever and I got to do a wee bit of networking while I was there. I’m sure there’s some kind of cheesy link in there…broadcasting..network…you figure it out. Stay tuned over the the next few weeks, the gigs are coming thick and fast.