An Interview with Placebo & Oasis
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February 18th, 2006 – by: Isabetlog
Quark and I would be doing an exclusive interview with Placebo while Jade, Igan and Rebecca would be joining the Franz Ferdinand press conference that was supposed to be taking place at the same time. It took a while for both bands to get ready for their interviews so the five of us decided to hang out outside and get some fresh air. It was when we re-entered the lobby that we bumped into Paul Thompson of FF! Quark having skipped out on the after party in Singapore and me without a photo with the last member of FF (Jade, Becca and Igan had gone upstairs by this time) immediately let our fanboy/girling ensue and accosted the guy.
Quark: Hey, it was a great set you guys did in Singapore!
Paul: Yeah, hey, do you guys know where I can get some coffee?
Me: Uh, sure. But can we get a picture with you first?
Paul walks a few steps down towards the lobby cafe and it was while Quark was walking back to Lia check out his photos did I spot Simon Gilbert - the former drummer of one of my favorite bands ever - Suede! Jade's boss had told me before that he'd relocated to Thailand shortly after Suede disbanded. I wasn't sure what he was doing in the hotel since his new band wasn't part of the festival. I was feeling a bit shy to come up to the guy while he was having his coffee so I gave a short hiss at Quark, not wanting make a scene but not wanting to lose sight of the drummer either.
"Quark!" No response. "Quaaaaaaark!" Dammit, the boy's deaf! Well, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity on account of my not having the balls to come up and say hello, so off I strode in his direction. I was half expecting him to grumble at me for disturbing his breakfast, but was relieved to see that he was actually pleased to have a fan from the Philippines. By this time, Quark had finally noticed and came over, and we both had our turn at the camera with the guy. Whee! And again, that totally made my day.
Our turn with Placebo got pushed back due to MTV taking a while to set up their cameras so I snuck in the FF press conference. I didn't ask anymore questions as I'd already had my turn, but it was still nice seeing the band up close and personal again and I ended up staying the whole time. I had actually asked Quark to take care of the Placebo interview since he was a bigger fan than me but MTV was just wrapping up by the time I got back up to the Penthouse where they were so I ended up not missing anything.
I don't remember at which point we discovered this though, but since I'm on the topic of Brian Molko, let me just share that he and Paul Wilson of Snow Patrol were actually a couple at this time, if anyone cares to know har har har.
Anyway, we decided to split up for lunch and decided to regroup at the Four Seasons Hotel for the Oasis press conference at 4pm. Jade, Igan, Becca and I made it there almost the same time but Quark and Lia were taking a bit longer to show up. Turns out, Terry Gilliam was also in town for talk, and being a film director himself, Quark decided to attend that one instead. The time of the band's arrival was drawing near so we were all herded into one of the function rooms for the presscon.
Everyone sat still, all waiting in anxiety. The minute the band arrived, a deafening hush filled the room as their mere presence held everyone in awe. Introductions were made and the first question was thrown at the Gallaghers. I don't remember what was asked, but as expected, the brothers were in one of their cocky moods, making everyone even more nervous then they already were.
Finally, finally, finally it was festival time! As usual, we all arrived separately - I was with Quark and Lia while Jade was with Igan and Rebecca. I picked up my media pass at the entrance and noticed it came with a ticket. How cool, but then I had already bought a weekend pass! Oh well, at least that gave me access to both the front and middle sections.
The media pass allowed holders entry to the pit, but it was only when we had positioned ourselves in front that I realized I had no idea how to get to there. I totally forgot to ask! So I got the attention of one of the bouncers on the other side of the crash barricade to see if it was ok for me to just climb over. Of course, with the language barrier, it seemed almost impossible to get through. He was nice enough to call someone else though, but this next person still couldn't seem to understand me.
Because of my brilliance, I had missed the first few precious minutes of Ian Brown's set. There's a standard three-song rule at any concert where photographers are only allowed to do their business at the pit for literally the first three songs and they're shooed away after that. Reason being that the bands still look fresh and yummy during that period, and after which they start to resemble sick, wet puppies whose pictures no publication will want to put out.
I had to go through this when Franz Ferdinand and Oasis came on and again on the following evening after every band played, but the hassle was well worth it. I was happy, too, about the fact that I could actually run. Unlike at Glasto, there was no mud to contend with here this time!
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