I went to see Muse
with Flo and her parents last Sunday, and, well, what can I say. It was by far and away the best gig I've ever been to, incredibly crisp, those guys are so talented.
We got to the venue about half an hour before the doors opened and joined the queue outside. Only later did we realise it was a sub-queue and the security guys moved us to join the main one, but in the mayhem we ended up right at the front of the queue. Felt kinda bad cos all the guys around us had been there for 4 hours, but we were seated anyway so were simply avoiding being in the cold for much longer, it wasn't like we were going for places on the barrier. Got inside and headed straight to the merch stand before it got too busy, and I got myself a nice skinny red tour t-shirt. Then we went to our seats and waited for the show to start... I had been disappointed that we had seating tickets but in retrospect, after reading some of the tales from the pit on the muse.mu forum
afterwards, and seeing what was going on down there during the gig, I'm quite glad I was seated for this one. Not that I actually sat down
for any of it! Our seats were towards the middle of the top balcony on the front row (of two...), we could see the screens very clearly, and take in the whole atmosphere of the gig, and were out of the way of the crazy moshing with no need to fight for our spaces, and had a nice barrier to lean on. The only downside was that the band were tiny figures and we couldn't see them clearly.The Noisettes
were supporting and they were, quite frankly, dire. It was just a load of, well, noise really. The guitarist and drummer just stood/sat there, totally expressionless, while the girl pranced around in bare feet, and wailed rather strangely. I couldn't make out any of the lyrics, and Flo and I spent most of our time just laughing at them along with the people behind us.
We waited for another half an hour or so after that, until the lights went down and the real show was about to begin. We weren't even aware that the band had come onstage until they launched into the opening of Knights of Cydonia
, and only then did it really hit me that I was watching Muse, my favourite band for the past 3 years, playing live in front of me. The curtain lifted to reveal Matt and Chris on stage but no Dom - until the top lifted up from the giant 'fully loaded satellite' to reveal Dom and drumkit inside. The crowd reaction was simple amazing as Matt sung out 'NO-ONE'S GONNA TAKE ME ALIVE!' before launching into a mega riff to end the track on a real high. They followed it by hit single Hysteria
, and Map of the Problematique
from the new album, Black Holes & Revelations
, 3 lively tracks to really get the crowd going. And then...they played Butterflies and Hurricanes
- my all time favourite song by them. The piano solo in the middle was just phenomenal, it was worth going for that song alone. They continued with Assassin
and Plug In Baby
before playing an oldie from Hullabaloo
, Forced In
as an intro to fan favourite Bliss
, accompanied by some giant confetti-filled balloons which floated around the crowd for the next few songs. When one got hit onstage, Matt just popped it with his guitar, whcih was quite cool. Next, they played my favourite song from Origin of Symmetry
, Citizen Erased
which was lovely during the quiet ending after the driving riff of the beginning. The crowd went almost silent, it was a wonderful moment. Matt followed this by Hoodoo
, again on the piano, which was much better live than it is on the album. Upbeat Time Is Running Out
followed this to really get the crowd going again, followed by new songs Invincible
with a wonderful guitar solo towards the end, and Supermassive Black Hole
which has grown on me so much since I first heard it as the first single from Black Holes... . During SMBH there were some fantastic visuals with some Cybermen-style robots in the background dancing. Next came most recent single Starlight
, in which Matt got the whole crowd involved in clapping the intro. Live this song was fantastic, and seemed to have a lot more to it, especially with the audience involvement, and was definitely one of my highlights of the night. They finished the set on a high with a rather acceleratedNewBorn
. After a couple of minutes of relentless screaming from the crowd, they came back on and played a manic Stockholm Syndrome
followed by eerie Take a Bow
, building up to a massive climax to finish. I think I preferred this track as a show closer, as opposed to an opener which works much better on the album.
All in all the gig was just fantastic and left me speechless. There were so many other songs I would have liked to hear, such as Sunburn
from album Showbiz
, and some more of Absolution
such as Blackout
, Ruled by Secrecy
and Apocalypse Please
, but you can't have everything! Also City of Delusion
is supposed to be fantastic live with a spectacular guitar solo. Maybe I'll hear some of these one day.
I came out of the gig at the end and on the way home wondered who I would most like to see next. I'm seeing Snow Patrol
in 10 days but I honestly couldn't think of any other band I'd like to see more, because I'm certain that NOBODY could beat the show that Muse put on that night. They are, quite easily, the best live band in the world at the moment.
Some pics, they're not great cos we were a bit of a way back, and my camera hates gigs!
Plug In Baby:
Supermassive Black Hole:
Knights of Cydonia:
Time Is Running Out: