Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Muse at Staples Center, 9/25/10
I've liked Muse for a long time. My fan level is somewhere between "Track 3 on Showbiz is clearly their best song ever, though I suppose I wouldn't hate you for going with Track 6 on Origin of Symmetry" and "You mean they had songs before that 'Time is Running Out' song?" I've seen them a handful of times since 2004, and their live show has gotten more elaborate as their songs have become more grandiose, for better or worse. If the Viggo Mortenesen wannabe from the DirecTV ads had a concert tour, it would be this one. Opulence: they has it. It was only a matter of time, as their popularity grew, before they started playing enormous arenas like Staples, but after seeing them at Coachella I knew they could handle it.
Playing for two hours with nary a break--though Bellamy did get a reprieve when bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard strutted their stuff alone on the awesome "Helsinki Jam"--Muse accomplished what it set out to do, taking their big moment on the road to many more big moments and blowing us away. Even though I know the ticket prices will rise inexorably, as will the capacity of the venues they play, I'll keep going. I wouldn't want to miss how they plan to top this.
Set List: Uprising / Resistance / New Born / Supermassive Black Hole / MK Ultra / Hysteria / Nishe / United States of Eurasia / Feeling Good / Guiding Light / Helsinki Jam / Undisclosed Desires / Starlight / Plug In Baby / Time is Running Out / Unnatural Selection
Encore: Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture / Stockholm Syndrome / Knights of Cydonia
Photos by Timothy Norris, LA Weekly