Placebo, Jesca Hoop, The Wiltern, October 18, 2013
Jesca Hoop came onto the sold out show slowly with her acoustic guitar in hand. Another female singer took over another microphone for back up harmonies. Jesca played folk pop songs from her catalog of three CD’s worth of material. She played for about 45 minutes. The songs she did were from The House That Jack Built, Hunting My Dress and from The Complete Kismet Acoustic. Find more info on Jessica Hoop at www.jescahoop.com
Placebo arrived at The Wiltern to perform after being away for several years. But with this being a completely sold out show for the album release of Loud Like Love, the band was fresh and were absolutely tremendous live. It really showed too because they performed for nearly a 2 hours set of songs. Brian spoke with the audience both in English and in Spanish. The bilingual audience that Los Angeles makes appreciated Brian’s talking to them as well.
Tonight’s set of songs was to primarily play songs from the new CD Loud Like Love. For the stage lighting, some strobe effects were used otherwise it was pretty simple lighting wise. They had a really cool tie-dye backdrop and some red and some blue light’s were used. But the attention was really focused on the band performance. Some of the crowd favorites from the new album done live were Rob The Bank, A Million Little Pieces, Scene Of The Crime, Too Many Friends, Exit Wounds and Begin The End. They also played the cover of the Kate Bush song Running Up That Hill to a great roar from the crowd. They ended the set with Infrared to a standing ovation. Hopefully now they will come back around for a full tour sometime soon.
(Review and Photos by Jonathan D. Wright)