Placebo Set For First Extended Tour Of U.S.

British neo-glam act's two-month outing will kick off in San Francisco Feb. 25.

English neo-glam trio Placebo embark on their first extended tour of American soil

beginning Feb. 25 at Bimbo's in San Francisco.

Touring on the strength of their critically acclaimed November release, Without You

I'm Nothing, the threesome once known mostly for singer Brian Molko's androgynous

wild-child image and the gender-bending tune "Nancy Boy" have tired of the screaming

headlines, according to the singer.

"I became a cartoon character in the British music-press -- a priapic dwarf shoveling coke

up my nose and f---ing anything that had a mouth ... It was far from the truth," said Molko

of the hype surrounding Placebo's self-titled 1995 debut. "Partly it was my fault. But I

reached the point where I felt like Dr. Frankenstein. I created this monster who was

running around the village."

Starting with a western swing before sweeping east through the midwest, Placebo will

circle the northeast and dip south, drawing the 29-date outing to a close April 4 in

Charlotte, N.C., at the Tremont Music Hall.

No longer content to be known as a spectacle first and musicians second, Molko,

bassist/guitarist Stefan Olsdal and drummer Steve Hewitt crafted an album that puts the

lyrical spotlight on romance with such tracks as "You Don't Care About Us"

(RealAudio excerpt) and "My Sweet Prince" (RealAudio


"It's primarily packed full of twisted, broken-hearted love songs," said Molko of the new

album. "It's kind of what we've been through since things started to happen for us."

Placebo Tour Dates:

Feb. 25; San Francisco, Calif., Bimbo's

Feb. 27; Portland, Ore., La Luna

Feb. 28; Seattle, Wash., Show Box

March 1; Vancouver, B.C., Rage

March 3; Salt Lake City, Utah, Bricks

March 4; Denver, Colo., Fox Theater

March 6; St. Louis, Mo., Karma

March 7; Kansas City, Mo., Beaumont

March 9; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

March 10; Milwaukee, Wis., Rave

March 11; Chicago, Ill., Riviera

March 12; Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart's

March 13; Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music

March 14; Detroit, Mich., Clutch Cargo

March 16; Cleveland, Ohio, Odeon

March 17; Buffalo, N.Y., Water Street

March 19; Toronto, Ont., Warehouse

March 20; Montreal, Que., Spectrum

March 22; Boston, Mass., Avalon

March 23; New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom

March 24; New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom

March 25; Providence, R.I., Lupo's

March 27; New Jersey, To Be Announced

March 28; Pittsburgh, Pa., To Be Announced

March 30; Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory

March 31; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club

April 2; Virginia Beach, Va., Boathouse

April 3; Myrtle Beach, S.C., House of Blues

April 4; Charlotte, N.C., Tremont Music Hall