Placebo - Portsmouth Guildhall

20 Years of Placebo

Tickets on sale Friday at 9am.

14’s & under to be accompanied by an adult

For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in

1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers – from Nick Drake to Boney M; Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode – demonstrates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal’s musical influences and heritage. Rather than keep their musical passions locked in an ivory tower, they approach each interpretation with an excitement to share what they love.

With its sledgehammer beat and Molko’s keening vocal, ‘Life’s What You Make It’ – the lead track from last year’s EP of the same name – instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with Placebo. There is a great deal in common with the work of Talk Talk (who sang the original in 1986) and Placebo: both remained true to their artistic vision, even if that has sometimes meant not taking the easy route. The song’s message of making the best of circumstances strikes a particular chord in the challenging era in which we live.

“We covered Talk Talk's Life's What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani's global smash hit with her band's cover of 'It's My Life'. That remains to be seen…” Brian Molko says.

‘Life’s What You Make It’ continues Placebo’s remarkable run of singles, and its accompanying short film will provide one of the most thought-provoking moments you’ll have all year.

▼ Show More Information

Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB
Portsmouth
16 October , Monday 19:00

More Events Nearby

 11 November , Saturday
 Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Portsmouth
 21 October , Saturday
 Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
 09 November , Thursday
 Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
 21 October , Saturday
 Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Portsmouth
 04 November , Saturday
 Northwood House, Cowes
 04 November , Saturday
 Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Portsmouth
 04 November , Saturday
 The Old Chemist, Southampton
 03 November , Friday
 University of Chichester Students' Union (UCSU), Chichester
 27 October , Friday
 Southsea Castle, Southsea
 28 October , Saturday
 Port Solent, Portsmouth
 22 October , Sunday
 Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth
 23 October , Monday
 Southsea Model Village, Portsmouth
 21 October , Saturday
 St Mary's, Southampton, Southampton
 04 November , Saturday
 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
 27 October , Friday
 HMS Excellent, Portsmouth
 04 November , Saturday
 Victoria Recreation Ground, Newport
 27 October , Friday
 Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
 28 October , Saturday
 The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
 05 November , Sunday
 Gang Warily Recreation Centre, Fawley
 03 November , Friday
 Goodwood Circuit, Chichester
 31 October , Tuesday
 Chichester, United Kingdom, Chichester
 31 October , Tuesday
 Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
 21 October , Saturday
 The Old Chemist, Southampton
 04 November , Saturday
 The Victualler, Harbourside Bar & Restaurant, Gosport
 04 November , Saturday
 The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
 21 October , Saturday
 Victory Hall, Warsash, Southampton
 21 October , Saturday
 Strings Bar & Venue - Isle Of Wight, Newport
 04 November , Saturday
 Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth
 05 November , Sunday
 Goodwood Breakfast Club, Chichester
 24 October , Tuesday
 Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley
 04 November , Saturday
 Mayflower Park, Southampton
 05 November , Sunday
 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean
 04 November , Saturday
 The 1865, Southampton
 17 November , Friday
 The Rifle Club, Portsmouth, Portsmouth
 11 November , Saturday
 Gurnard Pines, Cowes
 21 October , Saturday
 The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea