Video: The Libertines And Placebo Covered The Cure At Meltdown Festival!

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Placebo played the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival last Saturday, June 17th. The band paid tribute to the event’s curator Robert Smith by covering The Cure. You can check out the excellent cover below…

Brian Molko didn’t indulge in very much stage banter, but he did speak to the crowd saying that he felt  ‘honoured’ to be chosen by Robert Smith for the event. Deftones, Mogwai, and Nine Inch Nails are among the acts slated to play the festival, which goes on until June 24.

To mark the special occasion Placebo returned for their encore and performed their own version of The Cure’s song ‘Let’s Go To Bed’. Originally released as a single in 1982, the song arose out of sessions for Pornography. Placebo also performed their staple cover ‘Running Up That Hill’. The song was originally by Kate Bush.

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They are not the first to pay tribute to the gothic frontman and his band at Meltdown. Last night saw The Libertines covering The Cure’s classic track ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’ in tribute to the event curator.

Manic Street Preachers, who also played the special event, also praised Robert Smith’s talents as a musician. James Dean Bradfield said in an interview with the NME, ‘We were watching some old footage of him the other day,’ . “There were a lot of French TV performances and there was some amazing stuff that he was playing. He’s a real ‘in the pocket’ guitarist. Siouxsie and the Banshees always said that they wanted to keep him because he was so brilliant, but he was always quite wary to let loose and express himself too much because he didn’t want to indulge in guitar onanism as I frequently do. He wanted to keep his taste filter in check – but he’s always been a brilliant guitarist. He’s nifty. He knows his way around and he knows how to express himself.’

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