Veteran UK rockers Placebo forced to halt Aussie gig to evict fighters in crowd

Placebo singer Brian Molko in happier times on the 20th Anniversary tour
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Placebo singer Brian Molko in happier times on the 20th Anniversary tour

Touring British band Placebo were forced to interrupt their gig in New South Wales on Tuesday night to boot out a group of fighting audience members.  

Brian Molko, frontman of the 90s alt-rockers, stopped the Australian show mid-gig to single out the crowd members, who reportedly gave him the finger as they were escorted out.

"You're all leaving - especially you, baseball cap backwards," the singer said, as audience members chanted "f... off!" at the offending group.

Placebo singer Brian Molko unimpressed with fighting at the band's 20th anniversary tour in Australia
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Placebo singer Brian Molko unimpressed with fighting at the band's 20th anniversary tour in Australia

"What a waste of time and money. We're working here, we're trying to do a good show for you guys," he said.

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"It really doesn't help when people punch each other or bump into each other, it is just nonsense," he added, urging the crowd to take care of each other.

The band, best known for '90s hits Every You Every Me, Pure Morning and Nancy Boy, are on their first headlining tour in 11 years to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.

Despite being forced to cancel the first leg in Perth because Molko was sick, the tour has earned glowing reviews for its nostalgic leanings and a pointed barb in Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena that took aim at its namesake's anti-marriage equality comments.

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 - SMH

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