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Jakarta Post

Cult rockers battle the night

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Sun, February 21 2010   /  04:09 pm

For 15 years, alternative rock stars Placebo have set the music world alight with haunting tunes and unabashed debauchery. Last Tuesday, Jakartans finally had the chance to see the naughty Nancy Boys in spectacularly acoustic action. Since its 1994 formation in London, Placebo has gone through a number of line-up changes, but core duo Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal remain as front man and bassist/guitarist, respectively. Drummer Steve Forrest is the newest and youngest member, completing the official trio, and Tennis Indoor Senayan saw live support from bass guitarist Bill Lloyd and musical Girl Friday Fiona Brice on the keyboards, electric violin and theremin. Before a large screen with narrative video clips, the band got down to business with "For What It's Worth", the spunky first single from 2009's Battle for the Sun. Placebo's newest and sixth album was very...