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Sinistral og dextral

August 13th, 2017

Sinistral og dextral er videnskabelige termer, som beskriver chiralitet (“håndethed”) eller relativ retning indenfor flere forskellige fagområder. Betegnelserne er afledt af de latinske ord for “venstre” (sinister) og “højre” (dexter). Andre fagområder anvender andre udtryk (så som dextro- og levorotation, inden for kemi, eller med og mod uret i fysik) eller bare venstre og højre (som indenfor anatomi)

Indenfor geologi anvendes termerne sinistral og dextral til at beskrive vandret bevægelse af blokke på hver side af en forkastningszone. Ordene anvendes således til at beskrive den relative retning for blokkenes bevægelse i forhold til hinanden, set oppefra small sports bottle. Bevægelsen betegnes som sinistral (venstredrejning), hvis blokken på modstående side flytter sig til venstre. Bevægelse i dextral retning (højredrejning), betyder at blokken på modstående side flytter sig mod højre.

Snegles skaller, sneglehuse, er asymmetrisk opviklet og beskrives ved fagtermen chiralitet, -“håndethed” af an asymmetrisk struktur.

Hovedparten af (over 90 %) af sneglearterne har et dextral (højredrejet) opviklet sneglehus, kun en mindre del af arterne har altid et sinistral (venstredrejet) goalkeeper gloves india, mens meget få arter består af begge typer (som f.eks. Amphidromus perversus)

Fladfisks er udover at de er flade også karakteriseret ved at de er assymetriske, da begge øjne er placeret på samme side af hovedet på den fuldvoksne fisk. I nogle grene af fladfiskearten water bottle safety, er øjnene altid på højre side af kroppen (dextral eller højre-øjet fladfisk) small fanny pack for running, og i andre grene er øjnene altid på venstre side (sinistral eller venstre-øjet fladfisk). De primitive spiny turboter omfatter et lige stort antal højre- og venstre- sidede individder, og er generelt mindre asymmetriske end de øvrige fladfisk-familier.

Mount Nelse North

January 24th, 2017

Mount Nelse North är ett berg i Australien. Det ligger i regionen East Gippsland och delstaten Victoria, i den sydöstra delen av landet, 230 km sydväst om huvudstaden Canberra. Toppen på Mount Nelse North är 1 869 meter över havet.

Terrängen runt Mount Nelse North är kuperad åt nordost, men åt sydväst är den bergig. Den högsta punkten i närheten är 1 892 meter över havet, 1,4 km väster om Mount Nelse North. Trakten runt Mount Nelse North är nära nog obefolkad, med mindre än två invånare per kvadratkilometer small sports bottle.. Närmaste större samhälle är Mount Beauty, 18,0 km nordväst om Mount Nelse North. I trakten runt Mount Nelse North finns ovanligt många namngivna berg.

Trakten runt Mount Nelse North består i huvudsak av gräsmarker. Kustklimat råder i trakten. Årsmedeltemperaturen i trakten är 8 °C Paul Frank Long T-shirts. Den varmaste månaden är januari, då medeltemperaturen är 16 °C, och den kallaste är juli, med 0 °C. Genomsnittlig årsnederbörd är 1 512 millimeter. Den regnigaste månaden är juli, med i genomsnitt 183 mm nederbörd, och den torraste är januari, med 46 mm nederbörd.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

December 15th, 2016

Midlothian South lint brush, Tweeddale and Lauderdale is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It will elect one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the South Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election ladies socks wholesale, Midlothian was abolished small sports bottle, with the creation of two new constituencies called Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries and Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Midlothian is represented by two constituencies in the Scottish Parliament, these are Midlothian North and Musselburgh and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale; Midlothian North and Musselburgh is part of the Lothian region.

Since the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale has been formed from the following electoral wards:

As Tweeddale safe water bottles, Ettrick and Lauderdale

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John Mapletoft

October 30th, 2016

John Mapletoft (1631–1721) was an English clergyman and physician.

His father was Joshua Mapletoft, vicar of Margaretting and rector of Wickford, Essex, and his mother Susanna, daughter of John Collet by Susanna, sister of Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding. She afterwards married James Chedley, and, dying on 31 October 1657, was buried at Little Gidding. John was born at Margaretting on 15 June 1631. On the death of his father in 1635 he was taken to Little Gidding, where he was brought up by Nicholas Ferrar subzero water bottle, his godfather.

In 1647 he was sent by his uncle, Robert Mapletoft, to Westminster School, was entered as a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 21 May 1648, and was elected to a Westminster scholarship there in 1649. He graduated B.A. in January 1652, M.A. in 1655, and became fellow of his college on 1 October 1653. He was incorporated B.A. at Oxford on 11 July 1654. On 12 May 1652 he was admitted a student of Gray’s Inn. From 1658 to 1660 he was tutor to Jocelyne, son of Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland. He then went abroad to study physic. His fellowship expired in 1662, and in 1663 he re-entered the earl’s family in England. In 1667 he took his M.D. degree at Cambridge, and was incorporated M.D. at Oxford on 13 July 1669.

While practising in London he made the acquaintance of many of the noted men of the time, both physicians and theologians, and came much into contact with the Cambridge latitudinarians at the house of his kinsman, Thomas Firmin. With John Locke small sports bottle, whom he had known at Westminster School, he was for many years on terms of great intimacy. He is said to have introduced him to both Thomas Sydenham and John Tillotson. With Sydenham Mapletoft was for seven years closely associated in medical practice.

In 1670 he attended Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex in his embassy to Denmark, and in 1672 was in France with the Dowager Duchess of Northumberland. In 1675 he was chosen Professor of Physic at Gresham College, and in 1676 was again in France with the dowager duchess, then the wife of the Hon. Ralph Montague. He retained his professorship at Gresham College till 10 October 1679, when he retired from medical practice and prepared himself for ordination. He had some scruples about subscribing to the Thirty-nine Articles, and consulted his friend Simon Patrick. But on 3 March 1683 he took both deacon’s and priest’s orders, having previously been presented to the rectory of Braybrooke in Northamptonshire. This living he held until 1686, and though non-resident was a benefactor to the place. On 4 January 1685 he was chosen lecturer at Ipswich, and on 10 January 1686, on his resigning Braybrooke, vicar of St. Lawrence Jewry in London, where he continued to preach till he was over eighty years of age. He also held the lectureship of St. Christopher for a short time from 1685. In 1689-90 he took the degree of D.D. at Cambridge, and henceforth devoted his life to religion and philanthropy.

Mapletoft was an original member of the Company of Adventurers to the Bahamas (4 September 1672), but, being abroad at the time, transferred his share to Locke. In the same year he was using his influence and purse in support of Isaac Barrow’s scheme for building a library at Trinity College. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society on 10 February 1676, was member of council in 1677, 1679, 1690, and 1692, and as long as he practised the medical profession took part in the discussions and experiments. He joined the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in July 1699, early in the second year of its existence. In this connection he was brought into contact with Robert Nelson, with whom he corresponded for some years. He was an original member and active supporter of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (incorporated by charter in 1701), a benefactor to the library and buildings of Sion College, of which he was president in 1707, and one of the commissioners of Greenwich Hospital.

The last ten years of Mapletoft’s life were spent with his daughter, partly in Oxford and partly in Westminster. His mental and bodily health remained excellent till nearly the end. He died in Westminster on 10 November 1721, in the ninety-first year of his age, and was buried in the chancel of the church of St. Lawrence Jewry.

Mapletoft’s published works, apart from single sermons, include:

The last two are selections from Greek authors with Latin translations, and were reprinted in 1731. In Appendix xv. to John Ward’s ‘Lives’ (p. 120) are printed three Latin lectures by Mapletoft on the origin of the art of medicine and the history of its invention, under the title Praelectiones in Collegio Greshamensi, Anno Dom. 1675. He wrote the epitaph for the monument to his friend Isaac Barrow in Westminster Abbey.

The extent of his share in Sydenham’s works has been debated. He is said to have translated from English into Latin his friend Sydenham’s Observationes Medicae, published in 1676 (which was dedicated to him by the author), and everything in the edition of Sydenham’s works published in 1683, with the exception of the treatise De Hydrope.

On 18 November 1679 Mapletoft married Rebecca, daughter of Lucy Knightley of Hackney, a Hamburg merchant, and younger brother of the Knightleys of Fawsley in Northamptonshire. His wife died on 18 November 1693, the fourteenth anniversary of their wedding-day. By her he had two sons and one daughter: Robert, born in 1684, became fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge (LL.B. 1702, LL.D. 1707), advocate of Doctors’ Commons (12 July 1707), and commissary of Huntingdon; died on 3 December 1716, and was buried in St. Edward’s Church, Cambridge. John, born in 1687, became rector of Broughton in Northamptonshire in 1718, and of Byfield in November 1721, holding both livings till 1753, when he resigned Broughton in favour of his son Nathaniel; he married, on 23 November 1721, Ann, daughter of Richard Walker of Harborough, and died at Byfield on 25 May 1763. Elizabeth, married, 20 August 1703, Francis Gastrell, bishop of Chester, and died on 2 February 1761.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: “Mapletoft, John”. Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

Placebo (band)

October 27th, 2016

Placebo are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1992 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal. The band were soon joined by drummer Robert Schultzberg, who was replaced in 1996 by Steve Hewitt. Hewitt parted ways with the band in 2007 due to personal and musical differences and was replaced the following year by Steve Forrest, who left the band in 2015 to pursue his own musical career.

Placebo are known for their androgynous image and musical content. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, and have sold around 11 million records worldwide.

Placebo founders Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal had both attended the American International School of Luxembourg small sports bottle, but they didn’t meet properly until 1992 in London, England. At the time, Olsdal was taking guitar lessons and was on his way home when he met Molko at the South Kensington tube station. Molko, observing that Olsdal had a guitar strapped to his back, invited Olsdal to watch him perform at a local gig. On the strength of Molko’s performance, Olsdal decided that they should start a band. The two formed as Ashtray Heart, named after the Captain Beefheart song of the same name.

Originally, the two were unable to decide on a drummer. Molko knew a drummer, Steve Hewitt, and asked him to join the band. However, Hewitt had prior commitments to local band Breed and only had time to play on occasional demos with Molko and Olsdal. Robert Schultzberg assumed the position of drummer in late 1992.

Olsdal remarked in an MTV interview that the band’s name was chosen because of its Latin origins; when translated, it means “I will please”. Frequently in interviews, Molko has stated that the name is a satirical reflection of the 1990s cliche of naming one’s band after a drug. In an interview, Molko stated:

It’s a complex question to answer, really. As musicians you try to find a name for your band that represents you and you never really do, because, basically, names for bands lose their meaning after a while. They become a series of sounds that you associate with people in music. The most important thing for a name is that you can imagine forty-thousand people screaming it in unison.

Placebo’s self-titled debut album was released on 17 June 1996, peaking at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart at the height of the Britpop era; their highest-charting album in the country to date. The album spawned several successful singles, most popular being “Nancy Boy”.

Tension with Schultzberg and the rest of the group had begun to rise in the previous year. The band initially fired him in September 1995, but he was rehired to record the first seven-inch single “Bruise Pristine”. After an argument in August 1996, Molko decided that it would be best for the band if Schultzberg left. The band came to an agreement that Schultzberg would leave once they had finished the promotion of Placebo.

Eventually, Schultzberg did indeed leave the band in September 1996, on a United States tour. Before going on stage for their first show in the state of New York, Olsdal informed Schultzberg that he wasn’t going on the tour in Germany that was following the US one. At the manager’s request, Schultzberg did two more shows with the band in Paris after the US tour, the last of which was a performance on the French TV series Nulle part ailleurs. According to Schultzberg “Molko said that he was ‘tired of being the focus of Robert’s rages against the world’, and quite frankly, I was tired of being his”. While Schultzberg was with the band, several early works were recorded, including their first 7″ single “Bruise Pristine”, the “Come Home” EP, the single version of “Nancy Boy” (with B-sides “Slackerbitch”, “Miss Moneypenny” and the Smiths cover “Bigmouth Strikes Again”) and their eponymous debut album. On the track “I Know”, Schultzberg played didgeridoo as well as drums. Hewitt eventually joined Placebo as a full-time member.

In early 1996, Placebo had opened several concerts for David Bowie in Italy, France and Switzerland as part of his Outside Tour after he had heard a demo of theirs. In the following January Bowie invited them to play at his 50th birthday celebrations at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The party also included Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Smith of The Cure and Lou Reed.

The band’s glam rock connections continued. In 1998, Placebo recorded a cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” for the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack and the band appeared in a minor role in the film. Bowie made a special appearance on-stage with Placebo during a tour stop in New York as part of the band’s late February tour with Stabbing Westward. The single version of the song “Without You I’m Nothing”, which originally appeared on the album with the same name, featured a duet between Molko and Bowie. Placebo played “20th Century Boy” live with David Bowie at the BRIT Awards show in 1999.

In 1998, Placebo switched to the major label Virgin Records, and issued their follow-up album Without You I’m Nothing in November. It was another large seller in the UK; the US market embraced the album’s lead single “Pure Morning”, which appeared on MTV and reached number 20 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, but subsequent singles and videos failed to match the success of its predecessor.

The first two singles from Without You I’m Nothing, “Pure Morning” and “You Don’t Care About Us”, were similarly successful in the UK and both charted in the top five. Since Without You I’m Nothing, the band have received less positive coverage from the British music press, which commercial fabric shaver, on occasion, has mocked the perceived pretension of frontman Molko.[citation needed]

The third single released from album “Without you I’m Nothing” was Every You Every Me – a number eleven hit. The song was used on EA Sports F1 2000 as well as on the soundtrack for the film Cruel Intentions.

The band’s third album, Black Market Music, released in October 2000, further experimented with genres outside of regular rock sound. A re-sequenced version released in the US featured a slightly different track listing, adding the aforementioned Bowie version of “Without You I’m Nothing” and the band’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You”. The album created additional UK top 20 hits in “Taste in Men” and “Slave to the Wage”, reaching sixteen and nineteen in the UK Singles Chart, respectively.

Placebo encountered resistance from the British music industry upon release of the single “Special K” due to its reference of a ketamine high as a simile for love. The song was released as an EP, featuring the B-sides and remixes that would have filled out a conventional two-disc single release. The band claimed this was due to dissatisfaction with the two-disc single format, a claim somewhat undermined by their subsequent single releases all being made available in double-CD formats accompanied by a 7″ vinyl.

In April 2003 Placebo released their fourth album, Sleeping with Ghosts. The album went to No. 11 in the UK and sold 1.4 million copies worldwide. Australian tour dates with Elbow and UK shows with Har Mar Superstar followed in 2004.

In early 2004, the band released their first live DVD, Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003), from footage recorded in October 2003 and also including a 25-minute documentary. In late 2004 a singles collection Once More with Feeling: Singles 1996–2004 was released on both CD and as a DVD featuring the band’s videos. The nineteen-song compilation included two new tracks, “I Do” and the single “Twenty Years”.

In November Placebo played a one-night-only gig at Wembley Arena in which Robert Smith of The Cure made a guest appearance on two tracks, “Without You I’m Nothing” and a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”. This performance was to be their last UK gig until 2006. After the Wembley gig, Placebo went on a short Once More with Feeling tour in South America. On 2 July 2005 the group performed “Twenty Years” and “The Bitter End” at the Live 8 concert, at the Palais de Versailles in France (see Live 8 concert, Paris).

In September 2005 Placebo finished the recording phase of their fifth studio album, Meds, which was released on 13 March 2006 (delayed in the US until 4 April) glass water bottles online. The lead single in the UK market was “Because I Want You”. However, “Song to Say Goodbye” was the first single in other markets. The album was remastered from October 2005 to January 2006. Two tracks are duets with US singers: “Meds” with Alison Mosshart of The Kills and “Broken Promise” with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Dimitri Tikovoi, who had mixed selected tracks on Once More with Feeling, produced Placebo’s fifth effort.

Meds was leaked to the internet on 17 January 2006, but the official release date was 13 March 2006, making the leak almost two months early. The leak was projected to cause a serious loss of profit by the band’s record label Virgin Records. Nevertheless, in most countries the album charted well, at No. 1 in France, No. 4 in Australia and No. 7 in the UK. The album’s second single was “Infra-Red”, released in June 2006 in the UK.

In 2006 Placebo switched labels in the US to Astralwerks and re-released several revisions of their earlier works. In October their debut album Placebo was digitally remastered and re-released with the subtitle 10th Anniversary Collectors Edition; the box set also included a DVD containing music videos, concerts and TV performances. Three additional songs, “UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU”, “Lazarus” and a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up that Hill”, were added to the US version of Meds and the song “In the Cold Light of Morning” was removed.

In 2007 Placebo joined Linkin Park and various other acts for the annual Projekt: Revolution tour. Following the tour, Virgin released the Extended Play ’07 EP as a simple introduction for new fans to the band’s past decade of music. The compilation featured eight songs: “Nancy Boy”, “Every You Every Me”, “Taste in Men”, “The Bitter End”, “Meds”, “Pure Morning”, “Infra-Red” and “Running Up that Hill”.

On 1 October 2007 it was announced that Hewitt was no longer in Placebo. Molko commented “Being in a band is very much like being in a marriage, and in couples—in this case a triple—people can grow apart over the years. To say that you don’t love your partner anymore is inaccurate, considering all that you’ve been through and achieved together. There simply comes a point when you realise that you want different things from your relationship and that you can no longer live under the same roof, so to speak”. Olsdal commented “We couldn’t go on with Steve Hewitt. We didn’t have the same goals, nor the same vision anymore. We had to separate. It all went wrong during the Meds tour. […] There was no communication between us. Brian and I are one, but at some point we even didn’t talk to each other anymore. We realised Placebo was dying. To be able to go on, things had to change.” According to Hewitt, “Alex Weston, our manager, […] called me in to the office and said I was not in the band anymore. And that’s it. I was thrown out”. Hewitt claims that it was “very hurtful” and “disappointing” to have been ejected in this way after being in the band for over a decade. In August 2008, the band announced their new drummer, Steve Forrest of the band Evaline. Early in 2008 Hewitt founded the band Love Amongst Ruin, switching to guitar and singing lead vocals. In August 2012 he became the drummer of the reformed Six by Seven.

Placebo gave one live performance in 2008, as part of an MTV EXIT event, a campaign against human trafficking held in Angkor Wat in December. Placebo left EMI in 2008, but the label released a ten-disc box set of the complete Placebo recordings on 8 June 2009, including all the studio albums and DVDs as well as a collection of B-sides.

In January 2009, Placebo confirmed that they had finished working on the follow-up to 2006’s Meds and planned to release it in June 2009. The full track list was announced on the band’s website in March 2009. The album, Battle for the Sun, is the first to feature new drummer Steve Forrest. It was released on 8 June 2009 through the PIAS Entertainment Group. The album was recorded in Toronto, Canada with producer David Bottrill, who has worked with artists such as Muse and Silverchair.

The album’s title track “Battle for the Sun” debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show on 17 March 2009. Subsequently, it became available for free download on the band’s official website. On the same day as the track’s debut, they played a secret concert in London, performing some of the material from the album, including the tracks “Ashtray Heart”, “Julien”, “Kitty Litter”, “Speak in Tongues” and “Devil in the Details”. In their review for the gig, Rock Sound wrote that “the new album is a heavier-sounding record compared to its predecessor” and recalls the atmosphere of Without You I’m Nothing. String arrangements are also present on the new tracks.

The first single, “For What It’s Worth”, made its radio debut on 20 April 2009. It became available for download on iTunes and eMusic from 12:00am GMT the following day, and the video for the single premiered on MySpace at the same time. It was physically released on 1 June 2009.

In May 2009, Placebo performed three concerts in the UK at venues in Sheffield, Bournemouth and London before attending the festival season in Europe and Asia. When unveiling the new album with a full track-by-track rundown, Molko told the Scottish edition of News of the World: “It feels like a new beginning… we’re reinvigorated, refreshed and ready to take on the world”.

From 29 to 31 May 2009 fans who signed up for Placebo’s official mailing list received a unique code for logging into five listenings of the album in its entirety.

On 5 November 2009, Placebo won the MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best Alternative”. In December 2009, Placebo released iTunes Live: London Festival ’09, a live album recorded at the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse, Camden on 14 July 2009. The album contains nineteen live songs and a digital booklet.

Following the summer festival season (and a cancellation of the American tour), Placebo went on a series of arena-sized concerts across Europe in October–December 2009. That leg of the tour culminated in a concert in London’s O2 Arena. In February–April 2010 they toured Southeast Asia tenderizing beef, Australia and South America. The final leg of the tour saw Placebo play Israel and Lebanon, before returning to Europe for a series of festivals and featured concerts. A performance in Thessaloniki, Greece in September 2010 was poorly received by the crowd, sparking boos from a crowd of thousands after performing a 50-minute set. The last shows of the tour took place in London’s Brixton Academy on 27–28 September 2010, coinciding with the release of the last album’s Redux edition.

In August 2011, Placebo went on a mini-tour of two shows in Berlin and Stuttgart. On 31 October 2011, the band released their second live video album, We Come in Pieces, documenting the live performance at the Brixton Academy on 28 September 2010. An iTunes exclusive live album, Live at Angkor Wat, was released on 12 December 2011.

On 29 November 2011 Placebo announced they would be headlining the Sundance Film and Music Festival in April 2012. In January 2012 the band were confirmed their inclusion at the Rock im Pott festival to be held on 25 August 2012 at Veltins Arena, Germany along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. From April to September 2012 they played a string of European concerts.

In May 2012 Placebo confirmed that they expected to release some tracks by the end of 2012, as well as that were assisted by Adam Noble (Red Hot Chili Peppers, dEUS) on a new album which would be released in 2013. In August 2012, Molko revealed on Italy’s Rai Radio 2 that a new single titled “B3” would be released in September. A five-track EP titled B3 was released in October 2012. It was reissued on 10″ vinyl for Record Store Day 2013.

During the Battle for the Sun tour, Molko and Olsdal both stated on various occasions that they were working on material for the next studio album. In November 2011 the band announced via their Facebook page and official website that they would be returning to the studio in 2012 to record their seventh studio album.

On 21 May 2013 Placebo announced their seventh studio album, Loud Like Love. Produced by Adam Noble, the album was released on 16 September 2013. The band went on a worldwide tour to promote the album, starting in August 2013. In November–December 2013 they went on an arena tour in Europe and the United Kingdom. During February–April 2014 Placebo toured Australia, Mexico and South America. Beginning in June 2014 they went on a tour of Russia and Europe. In October 2014, they went on their first full tour of the United States and Canada in over seven years. The 2014 tour concluded with five shows in Spain and Portugal.

On 2 February 2015, the band announced the departure of drummer Steve Forrest. The end of Forrest’s career with the band was “very amicable” and occurred due to the drummer’s intention to “pursue his own musical ambitions”. Placebo announced that for the planned 2015 gigs a new sideman, Matt Lunn, formerly of the band Colour of Fire, who supported Placebo on tour in 2004, would take the drummer’s seat.

In February–March 2015, Placebo toured Ireland and the United Kingdom, culminating with two shows in London’s Hammersmith Apollo. During May–July 2015 they toured Europe, Morocco, Russia and Georgia.

2016 marks twenty years since Placebo released their first album. On 10 February 2015, Placebo announced that for this anniversary they would be “embarking on a two year period of celebratory retrospective activity.”

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Placebo re-released their first five albums on 12″ colored vinyl.

On 19 August 2015, Placebo performed an MTV Unplugged concert in London. The setlist for this performance consisted of many older Placebo songs, some of them not played live in a decade. On 27 November 2015, MTV Unplugged was released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl.

On 11 March 2016, Placebo announced the A Place for Us to Dream tour. Named after a lyric from “Narcoleptic” off Black Market Music, this world tour, the centerpiece of the band’s twentieth anniversary celebrations, is scheduled to take place in 2016 and 2017. A series of arena gigs in Europe, Russia and the United Kingdom are scheduled for October–December 2016, with more dates in the planning for 2017.

On 30 May 2016, Placebo visited Russia for the premiere of their movie Alt. Russia, about a 2014 tour they did there.

On 4 August 2016, Placebo announced the forthcoming release of a compilation album, A Place for Us to Dream. Also announced was the EP Life’s What You Make It, collecting previously unreleased material. Both the compilation album and the EP contain the new single “Jesus’ Son”. The EP includes a cover of the Talk Talk song “Life’s What You Make It”. The compilation album and the EP are scheduled for release on 7 October 2016. The single “Jesus’ Son” was released on 19 August 2016, accompanied by a music video.

Placebo kicked off their 20 Years Tour in Aarhus, Denmark. The concert was abruptly cut short, however, already two songs into the set. Lead singer Brian Molko began sounding unintelligible, and got into an verbal argument on-stage with guitarist Stefan Olsdal, who then left the stage. Brian sat down on stage, informed the audience of his gangrenous foot, and was lead from the stage, after which the concert was cancelled to the audience’s dismay.

Despite initially being considered a glam rock act, Placebo’s music developed throughout their career, adopting diverse elements from other genres. Besides the alternative rock and glam rock classifications, critics have described the band as goth-rock, Britpop, pop punk, post-punk revival, electronic rock, experimental rock and industrial rock. Progressive rock elements in the band’s earlier works along with grunge and punk rock influences were also noted.

Placebo’s influences include David Bowie, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Pixies, Nirvana, The Smiths, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, PJ Harvey, The Chameleons, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

Lyrically, Placebo’s music contains many references to drugs and LGBT themes. The title of the song “Special K”, for instance, is slang for ketamine. Molko has been open about his use of recreational drugs: in a 1997 interview with Kerrang! magazine he admitted that heroin was “probably the only drug on this planet I haven’t tried”. However, he later admitted to using heroin as well. Pharmaceutical drugs are also referenced, as evidenced by the band’s name as well as the album Meds and its title track. Outsider themes are also explored, as evidenced in lyrics such as “the back of the class is where I’m from” on “One of a Kind” and “I’m forever black-eyed/A product of a broken home” on “Black-Eyed”. Molko has been quoted as calling the band “for outsiders, by outsiders”.

Placebo have been cited as an influence on the bands My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco.

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