When the finale of 'Knights Of Cydonia' kicks in, the audience has completely surrendered itself to the supernatural, surreal world of Muse and simply hope they will never return. I had seen Muse a few times at various festivals over the years Reading twice, V Festival, Download and wanted to see them in their own show and I thought what better place than to do that than at Londons O2 Arena. Muse played for 2 hours with a faultless performance.
Belting out classics such as Plug In Baby, Stockholm Syndrome and completing the evening with the infectious Knights Of Cydonia as well as promoting songs from the current Drones album. My only regret of the evening was having to be upstairs on Level 4 for this concert. People standing in the Floor areas and Level 1 seem to be able to let loose and enjoy themselves but upstairs really didn't know how to behave at a rock concert with he majority remaining seated and I was even asked to sit down by the person behind me.
Unfortunately the big arenas can bring out the punters who aren't used to what a rock concert can be about but i'll balance this comment by saying that I should have been downstairs if I really wanted to rock out. We came in from Houston to see Muse in Austin. I've had to miss their TX shows in the past because I didnt have the money or time, but this year I said fuck it, I'm going to this show and I wont miss them again.
It was so worth it. They sounded amazing, the whole band are great performers. They posted the whole concert on facebook so I thought that was cool. I can watch it again if I want. So, so worth it.
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The stage was really cool with these stacks of video monitors in the back and they were staggered. It's hard to describe, but it looked really good. The only complaint I had was that I bought an actual seat but everyone stood the whole time, so it was kind of pointless, but I'm glad I had something to lean on if I got too tired. It was kind of hard to see the band on stage because people were in the way, but I'm sort of short so It was a very minor complaint and nothing against Muse.
An impressive start with "Psycho" brought all the energy to the Olympia-halle without any warming up. The setlist was loaded with the tracks of their latest Best-Rock-Album-Grammy winner, "Drones", but also included some classics as "Plug In Baby", "Stockholm Syndrome", and an amazing performance of "Citizen Erased", a song from "Origin of Symmetry" rarely played in the latest years shows. The stage in itself deserves recognition as it was meant to rotate, while holding a structure from where around ten drones came into the show flashing and wandering around some meters over the crowd.
In addition, a series of interactive projections were prepared in accordance to every song lyrics. Bellamy asked people to help on singing the already classic "Time Is Running Out", as well as "Starlight" and the whole chorus for "Uprising". There is a reason these guys play in big arenas. Even up in the nosebleeds it was a great show. Had it all! Glowing glasses, lit up suits, giant robots, a piano that shoots lasers, dancers with flashlights, smoke machines and glowing batons, and a special appearance by Eddie!
People hanging from wires, surprises coming up from trap doors, lasers, lasers and more lasers! The set was a blistering 26 songs lasting a little over two hours! I will definitely see them again the next time they come to town. Though not from the balcony. I've been attending concerts for more than 10 years now and this gig goes into my top 5!! The show, the energy, the sound!! I was blown away by Matt's voice, so clear and beautiful, Chris's dexterity with the bass for me the second best bass player ever and Dominic's drum solos.
I really wish more bands could afford this kind of technology, oh well And the video projections, especially the puppeteering part during The Handler The setlist included almost all the songs I wanted to hear live I only missed Stockholm Syndrome and Bliss.
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All in all, kudos to the guys, really, I hope too see them again very soon. That Muse, namely Bellemy, but backed up so strongly, were musical was certainly not in question, but this gig has to be reviewed as the complete package. From pure rock to classical interludes to mad spaghetti western soundscapes to sing along anthems of defiance I had seen Muse during their tour and knew they were good, but this concert was even better!
Their latest album is entitled "Drones" and they cleverly used drones in their concert, first as large white globes that opened the first song, then later when a plastic bomber came out and swept over the stadium. Bellamy's voice, guitar work, and piano playing were stellar, exciting and strong! The video effects and light show was mind blowing!!! I cannot believe half of what I saw, nor can I imagine how they did it. I am even more of a fan now than I was prior to walking in to the concert. This is a MUST see show!
Muse takes you to another level, keeps your in extreme excitement and makes you wanting to see more,even after you are exhausted of jumping, singing out loud and screaming, it's a nonstop.
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They also bring back memories of their past with teasers of tracks from Showbiz, Absolution, Origin of Symmetry, in fact, no album left behind. The all time favorites won't be missed: Madness, super massive black hole, the legendary Hysteria, which literary put me hysterical, just to mention a few. For anyone desiring to witness pure unadulterated musical genius, I highly suggest you witness Muse live at least once in your life.
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Separate the immaculate stage production that could rival Hollywood's finest display, and you still are left with magical brilliance that transcends time and space only in a fashion that Muse could accomplish. Bellamy's vocals are flawless, and his guitar riffs leave you breathless.
Howard dominates the drums as if he is saving the world with every beat, and Chris' bass mastery is unmistakable and beyond comparison. The trio is sure to transport you to another dimension, the entire experience leaves you satisfied but craving more, more, more. So much respect! I been on since buying Absolution Album yeah CD in !
Their best to date. I won tickets for a show JUST before my 21 or 22 bday Many years ago. I managed to get a ticket for the Muse gig at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom. It's a very intimate venue compared to the arenas that they are capable of selling out. I knew it was going to be scaled down to suit the venue, but even still the lighting they had to go with their set was fantastic. Then there was the music, which was absolutely brilliant. They definitely impressed me as a live act and backed up everything I'd heard about the quality of their shows.
There is good crowd interaction in between songs as well which is good to keep the crowd bouncing. From "Drill Sergeant" to "Knights of Cydonia", every note was yelled and sang by us, the fans. Focusing on the music, the fact that the band is able to play in the exact same way that on the records, and show the same emotions that we were used to only see on the DVD's is pricelss. We went for something unique and that's what we got. The only thing I missed were a few songs, like Sing for Absolution and Bliss. But in the end it didn't matter.
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