Placebo are forced to cancel several dates of their tour due to Covid

‘We are frustrated and disappointed to not be able to perform’: Placebo are forced to cancel several dates of their European tour due to Covid outbreak in band and crew

Rock band Placebo have apologised to fans after being forced to cancel several dates on their European tour due to a Covid outbreak in band and crew. 

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, singer Brian Molko, 49, and guitarist and bassist Stefan Olsdal, 48, wrote of their frustration and disappointment that they would not be able to perform.

They penned: ‘Due to an outbreak of Covid within the Placebo band and crew we regretfully announce that Placebo will be unable to perform at Bucharest, Romexpo in Romania on Wednesday 13th July and at Skopke calling in Macedonia on Saturday 16th July. 

'We are frustrated and disappointed to not be able to perform': Placebo have been forced to cancel several dates of their European tour due to a Covid outbreak in band and crew

‘We are frustrated and disappointed to not be able to perform’: Placebo have been forced to cancel several dates of their European tour due to a Covid outbreak in band and crew

‘We are frustrated and disappointed to not be able to perform these shows which are important to us  – as we know they are to you. 

‘We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience and disappointment. 

‘We are doing all we can to reschedule and please check locally for further announcements. Please stay safe out there. Peace and love, Brian and Stefan.’ 

Placebo’s eighth studio album Never Let Me Go has won rave reviews since its release in April this year and was released nine years after their latest outing.

Frustration: They shared this post on Instagram on Tuesday as they shared the news with their loyal fan base

Frustration: They shared this post on Instagram on Tuesday as they shared the news with their loyal fan base 

Stefan told Guitar World that their latest musical offering took on a different form during the creative writing process. 

He said: [Brian] came to me with the photograph that is now on the cover, and basically said, “Let’s take things, turn them on their head, and work backwards. Let’s start with the photo.” 

‘It was a place to start again. Venturing into new horizons, starting a new chapter.

‘It was the first time we’d begun an album without a permanent drummer. It harked back to the days of me and Brian in his council flat just messing with broken toy keyboards and badly-tuned guitars. The only difference is that we did this one in my studio where there were expensive vintage synths and guitars.’

Wow! Brian has been looking drastically different as he unveiled his revamped rock star image ahead of the Placebo world tour

Before: Brian pictured at a festival in Milan in 2018

Wow! Brian has been looking drastically different as he unveiled his revamped rock star image ahead of the Placebo world tour

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Brian also previously said that he flipped his usual writing process on its head and they wrote the music first and then added the words so that they didn’t go ‘easy on themselves.’

He told NME: ‘I have what I would describe as a boredom problem. [Stefan] has often said that he’s never met anyone with a lower boredom threshold than myself – and that really influences and informs the way that we work.’

But there is good news for fans.

The band will begin their north American tour in September before performing in the UK and Ireland in November and December. 

Talented: Admitting he has a 'boredom problem', Brian claimed it informs the way that he works and led him to present bandmate Stefan (right) with images first, rather than music (pictured in 1997)

Talented: Admitting he has a ‘boredom problem’, Brian claimed it informs the way that he works and led him to present bandmate Stefan (right) with images first, rather than music (pictured in 1997)

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