Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Knights of Cydonia

Last night Muse were in town, playing a gig in the Arena. As I now live about 10 minutes walk away from the Arena, I just showed up there at 8pm without a ticket (the gig was sold out). Ten minutes later I walked into the Arena after paying normal price for a ticket.

I already saw Muse before, back in 2004 when they were on at Paleo. That was before they have released their latest album, Black Holes and Revelations. In their latest album, the first song Take A Bow sounded like Radiohead from the Kid A era but towards the end became more like Rush, especially Knight of Cydonia.

The stage was simple but effective. Matt and Chris wore black while Dom was in white behind his white drum kit. I have rated Dom Howard among the top 5 best current drummers (alongside Travis Barker, ?uestlove, Dave Grohl and Matt Cameron) and last night he showed me why. His drumming and the majestic sound that came from it is the foundation of Muse's music. At the top of their music is Matt Bellamy's screeching voice, impressive guitars and amazing piano while Chris Wolstenholme hold fort with his bass and sometimes filling the gap when Matt is away doing his solos on either the guitar or piano.

They played most of their best songs, such as Time Is Running Out, Hysteria, Plug-In Baby, Newborn, Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, Sunburn, etc. All very good to jump and shout to. Unfortunately the crowd here is (like always) very subdued and only on Time Is Running Out did the whole Arena jump along.

Muse finished the concert with Knights of Cydonia. This sci-fi/western prog-rock epic defines Muse. There is only one band in the world who can write and perform a song like this and make it into a Top 10 hit at the same time. I used to dislike prog-rock as it was very 70s and very complicated but Muse is definitely prog-rock and I'm definitely liking it.

After the concert, a 10 minute walk and I was home again...


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