Muse are one of my favourite bands but I hadn’t been fortunate enough to see them until their performance at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
I had read fantastic things about their Drones tour so far: out of 2000 US reviews, they averaged 4.9 out of 5; their show has been dubbed, “The Greatest Show on Earth”..,.but would I think it deserved it?
I am pleased to say I did! The show was amazing! I predicted from TV they were going to be excellent and I wasn’t wrong. They kicked off with Psycho which got the vast audience going straight away. Usually live shows get a bit of distortion, but not Muse, they remained as clear as listening to a faultless recording throughout the show.
The special effects were brilliant too, it was almost like going forward in time! (I had been a bit concerned that the show was going to be a bit on the dark, threatening side, knowing the theme of the album Drones, but I didn’t find this was the case.)
Without giving too many spoilers, in case you are off to see Muse, you can expect some amazing futuristic visuals, naturally including Drones!
It was really appreciated that Muse had requested playing in the centre of the Arena between two catwalks. I knew this in advance but didn’t expect a revolving stage too, meaning wherever you were sitting/standing you had chance of a decent view of the band.
Musically, Muse mainly played more recent tracks, a lot being off their latest album (Drones), but fans also really appreciated classics including Plug in Baby, Starlight and my personal favourite, Knights of Cydonia.
The time really flew and despite their two hour set, I could have happily sat for a few more hours!
The crowd was made up of a surprisingly vast age range, which is a sign just how appealing Muse are to all rock generations. I would thoroughly recommend this show.
(Images appear courtesy of Laura Faithful)