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Molko on Hewitt’s Placebo departure

By | Published on Tuesday 2 June 2009

Brian Molko has spoken to Music-News about Placebo Steve Hewitt’s 2007 departure from the band, and says that although devoted fans took the split quite hard, it was necessary for the health of the group.

The singer explained: “I think the die-hards took it quite badly and I think there was a certain amount of anger surrounding Steve Hewitt’s departure. A lot of die-hards had become very attached to what they considered to be the classic line-up, but really [by that point] we were nothing more than a rudderless ship with a hole in it”.

While the band may possibly have lost some of those ‘die-hards’ as a result of Hewitt’s departure, Molko says he’s always surprised how many new fans the band picks up with each release. He continued: “Every time we release a record there’s a whole new generation of 16-year-olds down the front and the people that were there in the front two or three years previously are now in the back five rows. So somehow, even as we’ve gotten older, we still manage to somehow connect with young people”.

The band’s new album, ‘Battle Of The Sun’ is out on 8 Jun.