Reporting in the San Francisco Chronicleon Saturday, Ryan Downey waxes lyrical on David's patronage of Placebo, and his influence on their sound.
"Few pop bands have had iconic patrons such as David Bowie. But then, not many bands sound as instantly catchy and credible as England's abrasive yet accessible Placebo. When the band's third album, Black Market Music (Virgin), was released recently in the United States, American listeners got a special treat: a reworking of "Without You I'm Nothing," the last album's title track with David Bowie sharing the vocals.
Bowie is actually an obvious kindred spirit for the trio; there's a clear line of evolution between his groundbreaking career to Placebo's current image and sound. The band owes its syrupy and often-contemplative pop sound to Bowie, as well as Lou Reed and the Sex Pistols."
As he points out, the USA version of Black Market Music has the excellent collaboration between David and Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing, as a bonus track.
Placebo's tour of America continues, with these dates remaining. Catch em if you can...
5.15 Los Angeles, CA - Palace
5.17 Mexico City, MX - Teatro Metropolitan
5.19 Dallas, TX - Trees, Dallas
5.20 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
5.22 Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre
5.24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5.25 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
5.26 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
5.29 New York, NY - Irving Plaza