Originally composed of members Brian Molko (vocals/guitar), Stefan Olsdal (bass/guitar) and Robert Schultzberg (drums), Placebo is a rock band that originated in London, England. Selling more than 11 million copies worldwide, all of the band’s albums were consistently part in the UK hit list. Among the influential artists in the band’s music include The Pixies, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and The Chameleons.Early Stage of the Band
Placebo was born after Schultzberg joined Molko and Olsdal in 1994. Prior to that, Molko and Olsdal have started to play together under the stage name Ashtray Heart. According to Olsdal, the choice of the name Placebo was due to its Latin etymology which means “I will please”. In 1996, the band released its self-entitled debut album which contained 11 original tracks (including a hidden bonus track). “Nancy Boy” became their biggest hit single from the debut album. Later that year, Schultzberg had serious arguments with the group which prompted Schultzberg to leave the band. He was then replaced by Steve Hewitt as the band’s drummer.After the First Change
Without You I’m Nothing, the band’s second album recorded under Virgin Records was released in 1998 with the band’s new line-up. The single “Pure Morning” was successful both in the UK and U.S., but subsequent song releases from the album did not receive the same attention from the audience. Following in 2010 was the release of their next album Black Market Music, with songs outside of their regular rock type of music. “Taste in Men” and “Slave to the Wage” are among the top hits from the third album.
In 2003, Sleeping with Ghosts (4th album) was released and sold over a million copies both in the UK and abroad. The album launch was followed by tour dates in Australia and UK in 2004, together with Elbow and Har Mar Superstar, respectively. Meds (5th album) was completed and officially released in March 2006 (although a digital copy was leaked online in January 2006). The album was a hit reaching the top 10 in hit charts in UK, France and Australia.After the Second Change
In August 2008, the band formally announced Steve Forrest as their new drummer replacing Hewitt. The first major performance of the new band was in Angkor Wat, where the band performed in an MTV concert event against human trafficking. The band released Battle for the Sun (6th album) in June 2009 and Loud Like Love (7th album) in September 2013. The albums contained the tracks “Battle for the Sun” and “For What It’s Worth”, among others. In 2009, the band won an award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.