He initially attended the European School of Luxembourg (ESL), but left due to excessive bullying. During Placebo's live performances Molko has played a number of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, harmonica and saxophone. 1 Echo delay and a Radial Loopbone effect chain switcher.
In 2010, he signed an endorsement contract to use Orange amps.
In retrospect, that first interview with Placebo was hilarious. No one had suspected, then, that the band's gangling bleached-bomb bombshell bassist Stefan Olsdal was gay.
And when he came out in Melody Maker last summer it sent out one of those gentle shockwaves that made me remember just why I love this thing called pop.
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"It's ironic how we came up with the name Placebo," says Brian of the band once known as Ashtray Heart.
The very idea of working in an office seemed so horrifically depressing that I decided I would do everything in my power not to make that happen.
"It gave me a rebellious streak, which continued right through to the formation of Placebo." Brian was accepted into university at 17, the first in his family to do so.
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