I'm still so totally buzzed after tonight's Muse show. It was ridiculously awesome. They played for about an hour and 45 minutes and it felt like 20 minutes... all my favorite songs and a sweet stage show. I also loved when Matt did the Hendrix version of the Star Spangled Banner... he's just incredibly good. So... here's your advance warning - LONG POST AHEAD!
Starting with... a pretty bad pic from the opening act; Silver Sun Pickups... the lighting wasn't strong enough for good shots.
They were actually pretty good - a little too much reverb, but on the whole better than a lot of opening acts I've seen. The downer was that Ticketmaster totally screwed up and oversold our section... there were at least four sets of people that came to claim the seats in front of us, not to mention 3-4 that tried to get ours. Fortunately, my anal need to be early made it so we got to keep the seats and guest services re-seated everyone else (most of them on the GA floor. bleh). I was relieved because we had pretty sweet seats - we were probably not much more than 50 feet from the stage - close enough to see faces. When I zoomed all the way with my camera it was about the same as what we were seeing. So anyway, there was lots of drama and I think Steph is planning on writing some nasty emails for having to play usher (they still kept sending people down even KNOWING that all the seats were taken! Whatever.)
So, here's the crew, chilling between acts.(Bad picture - I was trying to keep official types from seeing that I had managed to bring in an SLR while the lights were up.
Anyway, following the overbooking debacle, Muse! Tonight's setlist (grabbed from the Muse wiki):
- New Born + YYZ riff + Headup riff + Micro Cuts riff
- Map of the Problematique + Maggie's Farm riff
- Supermassive Black Hole
- Interlude + People of the Sun intro
- Hysteria + Testify intro + Back in Black riff
- United States of Eurasia
- Take a Bow intro + Feeling Good
- Helsinki Jam
- Undisclosed Desires
- Unnatural Selection
- Whistle intro + Time Is Running Out
- Plug In Baby
- Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture)
- Stockholm Syndrome + Township Rebellion riff + riff + riff
- Man with a Harmonica intro + Knights of Cydonia
And naturally, some pics.
Opening number (Uprising) - the coverings fell off of the skyscrapers and revealed a sweet set - the bases moved up and down.
close-up of the band...
Then during Feeling Good and Natural Selection...
I love it when Matt switches over to the piano... he's just so good.
They had pretty sweet lighting throughout the show...
A close-up of Matt being awesome:
During Plug-in Baby, they dropped a bunch of enormous balloons decorated like eyes and filled with confetti - so cool! Whenever they went up onto the stage, the band just kicked them back out again.
Onto the Encore... Exogenesis Symphony Part 1: Overture
Then during Stockholm Syndrome... blurry but I loved it as Matt was pointing right in our direction while I took the picture.
And then Knights of Cydonia...
You know you're at the finale when they start shooting out huge columns of colored smoke.
And finally, the farewells begin. *sniff, sniff*
All good things must come to an end (that includes ridiculously awesome things too, sadly). I'm so glad I got to go and to see Steph, Mike and Rae. It was amazing and tons of fun, even with the super overbooking drama and the semi blizzard when we came out of the E-Center (I had to clear almost two inches off my car before we could leave. Joy!) Anyway, LOTS more photos here... I culled out most of the blurry ones, but left in several that I still liked.
Okay. I think I've come down from my high enough that I can go to bed. TTFN!
P.S. - Steph! I absolutely do NOT have enough pics from the show, so if you've got good ones, I want them!