In Celebration Of Brian Molko’s 43rd Birthday!

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I never got to do this blog post because I was studying for college exams so here it is now. In celebration of the gorgeous Placebo frontman Brian Molko’s 43rd birthday (which was on the 10th of this month) let’s take a look back at some interviews with the man himself. Belated happy birthday Brian!

Interview with Simon Amstell

Interview with Graham Norton

SVT Interview

JIM Interview

Hurricane festival 

The New Music

Goth Chat

 

Placebo Gig Review!

I went to see Placebo recently with my sister. It was an amazing night out. It was our first time at The Olympia and it’s a lovely theatre and the toilet was right next to us throughout the show which was brilliant in case old nature called!

Support was by Scottish band The Mirror Trap and they did seven songs and then Placebo came on. The lighting was pretty astonishing. No expense spared. It was brilliant and looked absolutely amazing. Songs included in the set were The Bitter End, Meds and Special Needs which they haven’t sung live in a while. The encore consisted of four songs starting with Begin The End then we had their version of Running Up That Hill and Post Blue and ending with Infra Red. Brian Molko’s voice is incredible and he comes across really nice and he’s sexy as hell. I didn’t think he could be even better-looking in reality because he’s so insanely handsome on TV and stuff but he actually is! He was very nice to look at indeed! He has this incredibly sexy voice and he spoke about sex which was, well brilliant. 🙂 He also spoke about the heritage of Dublin, noticing old fans and welcoming new fans. Stefan was brilliant on guitar and is very tall in reality. I knew he was tall but he was even taller in reality than I imagined he would be. Matt was amazing on the drums as well. He is a very passionate, powerful drummer. The instrumentals were amazing and they all seemed so nice. They came across really nice and Brian was very witty too. An amazing night and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Vids Found On YouTube

Special Needs

Special K

Loud Like Love

Begin The End

I seen my camera and a bit of me rocking in this one. Hehe! 🙂 It isn’t hard to miss with it been a digital amongst mostly phones! Me and technology can be a little rusty at times!

The Bitter End

The Incredible Style of Brian Molko!

Placebo’s Brian Molko is a stunning looking man. One of the most beautiful men I’ve ever seen if I’m been honest so he could probably wear a bin bag and look amazing if I’ve been completely honest. But he has got incredible style. With a perfect combination of androgyny, rock and gothic styles, Brian Molko manages to rock up the fashion stakes as well as the rock world so let’s take a look at some of his best looks throughout the years:

Fashion

Make-Up & Hair

The Link Between Shyness and The Creative Arts!

When I was younger, I used to sing in school shows and the amount of times I heard that it was a surprise to people that I did perform on stage was countless. I don’t think people mean it with any malice. I think they just genuinely are surprised. I think it has been conditioned into peoples’ minds that shyness somehow means that a person will be cowering away in a corner half the time or something. And that doesn’t tend to be true. I think where the problem begins really is that people don’t understand what shyness is. Shyness is when a person is not confident in how they speak. That doesn’t necessarily mean that that lack of confidence in one area of their lives translates in any other particular area. It’s like a person who isn’t confident in their driving for example, it doesn’t mean they are going be not confident in another part of their lives such as playing a sport for example. And it can completely go the other way too. I have seen people who are the biggest talkers freeze when they go on a stage and that’s because they are confident in their speaking but not in performing.

I always find it weird when people say that they don’t think people can achieve in creative fields due to their shyness. Especially when you look at the history of so many successful people in the creative industries. And I’m not just pulling at straws. So many of the people who were successful shy creatives have been major names in show business and have been brave enough to be unique and do something new. Let’s look at a few and celebrate them for a few moments:

Music

David Bowie

“I’m not particularly a gregarious person. I had an unbearable shyness; it was much easier for me to keep on with the Ziggy thing, off stage as well as on. Who was David Bowie and who was Ziggy Stardust? It was motivated by shyness.”

Ella Fitzgerald

“I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling. I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.”

Bob Dylan

“I remember Bob had soft, squidgy, little hands and was really shy – he hardly said two words.”

– Thin Lizzy’s Gary Moore speaking about Bob Dylan.

Freddie Mercury

“In real life nobody knew Freddie. He was shy, gentle and kind. He was never the one, he was on the stage.”

– Queen bandmate Roger Taylor speaking about Freddie Mercury.

Brian Molko

“I am actually a shy person, but there is a need for the flamboyant aspect of myself to express itself. The context for that is the live show. That side of my personality is satisfied by the act of performance, and I don’t need to behave extravagantly in my everyday life. Which I’m quite grateful for.”

Elvis Presley

“Here I was with somebody who I didn’t know was going to become famous. But I did know two things: I knew that he was not shy – I mean, Elvis was shy in the sense that he was introverted,but he was not shy to the camera – and he made the girls cry.”

– Alfred Wertheimer speaking about Elvis Presley.

And alas, that’s just six in music. If you Google it or read music biographies you’ll find so many more your eyes will burst with pride and awe if you are shy like me.

And now onto fashion which I shall list three people from but like music if you search you’ll find so many more!

Fashion

Yves Saint Laurent

“An ugly, ungainly, overgrown boy with thick glasses, and so horribly shy he couldn’t take his eyes off the floor”.

– Womens Wear Daily’s correspondent speaking about Yves Saint Laurent.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

“I remember reading a book about Chanel in which a woman talks about seeing her singing in a little cabaret when she was maybe 18. Chanel was described as a shy, ambitious girl. This adjective of ‘shy’ surprised me. I think that is what is interesting about her, that she had such different dimensions. She couldn’t only be a strong and tough and stubborn person, because you don’t create with your confidence. You create with your doubts.”

– Audrey Tautou speaking about Coco Chanel

Gianni Versace

“I’m still the little, provincial shy boy who forced himself to be a public person.”

And three examples from the acting profession darlings!

Acting

Cillian Murphy

“The shy Corkman tells Stephen Milton about his venture to the small screen and how he’s recently started getting offers to play ‘dad’ roles”

– from independent.ie speaking about Cillian Murphy.

Ben Whishaw

“Dressed in a black polo neck and blue trousers — an ensemble that wouldn’t look out of place on Bond himself – Whishaw is sitting opposite me on a sofa somewhere in central London. Slender and stubbly, he appears initially nervous as he distractedly picks at a sandwich. But I soon realise that he is appealingly shy.”

– James Rampton speaking about Ben Whishaw.

Keira Knightley

“I am crap at parties. I tend to sit in the corner. I’ll sit in the corner and find one person to talk to or I’ll go on the dance floor and get quite drunk. But I am not good at that whole … (About been at the round of parties for Pride and Prejudice with her brother and parents.) We all stood in a corner, saying ‘Oh, this is weird!’.”

So I think all these people and countless others have proved that shyness won’t stop a person achieving what they want to achieve in life. And yet even today people say, “Great yet shy.” like the two can’t exist together or it’s strange that they do which I find a little strange really. I often wonder where the rule that to be publicly successful you had to be a great talker anyway came in. After all, what has it got to do with a person’s craft and talent? We may not be the bravest in social situations but we are in life.

Placebo Gig Review!

I went to see Placebo recently with my sister. It was an amazing night out. It was our first time at The Olympia and it’s a lovely theatre and the toilet was right next to us throughout the show which was brilliant in case old nature called!

Support was by Scottish band The Mirror Trap and they did seven songs and then Placebo came on. The lighting was pretty astonishing. No expense spared. It was brilliant and looked absolutely amazing. Songs included in the set were The Bitter End, Meds and Special Needs which they haven’t sung live in a while. The encore consisted of four songs starting with Begin The End then we had their version of Running Up That Hill and Post Blue and ending with Infra Red. Brian Molko’s voice is incredible and he comes across really nice and he’s sexy as hell. I didn’t think he could be even better-looking in reality because he’s so insanely handsome on TV and stuff but he actually is! He was very nice to look at indeed! He has this incredibly sexy voice and he spoke about sex which was, well brilliant. 🙂 He also spoke about the heritage of Dublin, noticing old fans and welcoming new fans. Stefan was brilliant on guitar and is very tall in reality. I knew he was tall but he was even taller in reality than I imagined he would be. Matt was amazing on the drums as well. He is a very passionate, powerful drummer. The instrumentals were amazing and they all seemed so nice. They came across really nice and Brian was very witty too. An amazing night and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Vids Found On YouTube

Special Needs

Special K

Loud Like Love

Begin The End

I seen my camera and a bit of me rocking in this one. Hehe! 🙂 It isn’t hard to miss with it been a digital amongst mostly phones! Me and technology can be a little rusty at times!

The Bitter End

A Day Out In Dún Laoghaire With My Girls!

I had a lovely day out in Dún Laoghaire recently with my mum and sister. We first headed to Ticketmaster which is basically part of a small shop in the shopping centre and where we get all our concert/musical tickets when we can afford them! And today we got tickets for Placebo at The Olympia and The X Factor Tour in the O2 in 2015. After that, me and mum brought scratchcards from the shop (trying to reclaim some of the money we had spent on our tickets! Hehe!) and I won 25 Euros. Yay!

Then I headed down to the record store. Got three Vinyl stickers: The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and “Plug In … Tune Up … Rock Out”. Possibles for my guitar! 🙂 and we then went and had a look around Penneys. Got some dog pjs. The girls got pjs too and then we went to Dealz and I got this incredible calendar for 2015. It has all Rock Legends in it from Sting to Gene Simmons, Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and my own two personal favourites Freddie Mercury and Jimi Hendrix. It’s amazing. We also went to Tesco and then we went home after that.

It was a lovely day out and we’re looking forward to the gigs. Me and my sister were laughing on the way home about how February is going to be a hot month because we’ll be seeing both Brian Molko and Ben Haenow in the flesh! Really looking forward to that indeed! 🙂