Muse Live @ Emirates Stadium, London (25/05/13)

 

Muse’s performance at Emirates Stadium will always stick out as one of the most majestic, outlandish and incredible live concerts of 2013. Featuring incredible showmanship from the band, who incorporate great pillars of fire, pre-recorded and live-recorded films and a giant robot named ‘Charles’, we’re reminded of the incredible power of Muse’s live concerts. Muse’ energy seems unmatched as they launch into a wonderful set-list, featuring (better) versions of the songs from their latest album, and wonderful resurrections of tracks spanning their entire career.

A few surprises are littered along the way as we’re bombarded with noise and rock by the band. Many of the performances come across as incredible and electric, and Muse display a remarkable energy that never seems to wane at any point. Certain performances stick out due to the incredible visual display being offered by the band. The performance of ‘Animals’ from the bands latest album features wonderful imagery of stock market values, whilst also displaying a film of stock brokers in meeting. As the track descends into the madness of its third section, we see a particular stock broker wandering through a large crowd, and it takes a second or two to realize that it’s in fact not pre-recorded footage, but actually live footage of the stock broker wandering through the actual crowd at the concert. Muse finish their performance of ‘Animals’ by launching into their magnum opus, first having bassist Christopher Wolstenholme play a rendition of Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Man With The Harmonica’ over the now dead stock broker, before the whole band dive headfirst into a pure electric performance of ‘Knights With Cydonia’.

Whilst the band certainly manage to show a great range of tracks in their set-list, playing songs that span the bands whole career, a few certain tracks sadly feel a little bit misplaced. The bands’ own cover of Lightning Bolt’s ‘Dracula Mountain’ certainly adds an incredible amount of energy to the whole stage, but there’s a somewhat polarizing element to the performance. The energy is present in the audience, but it feels a little bit more cautious, as though they’re not entirely sure of what they’re meant to be doing, or what the band is even doing themselves. This continues on when the band launch up the old non-album track of ‘Dead Star’, whose aggressive riffs and sound certainly attempt to get the audience going, but it doesn’t seem as universally loved as some of the bands’ other songs.

The whole concert feels full of energy, even when the band launch into a more gentle section near the closing end of the gig. The band resurrect ‘Showbiz’s beautiful track ‘Unintended’, which stops the whole audience right in their track, before they go off into a beautiful rendition of ‘Blackout’, featuring acrobatics circling the stage. It’s incredibly beautiful for the most part, but it doesn’t stop the band from launching right back into their pumped up tracks as they come out for an encore. Fan favourites ‘Plug In Baby’ and ‘Starlight’ help to close the whole show, leaving everything with a slightly out-of-breath quality. One can only look back and think of how amazing and full of energy the whole show was, full of theatrics, showmanship and over-the-top performances that certainly showcase Muse as being one of the most important bands in the rock genre today.

Set-List:

  1. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
  2. Supermassive Black Hole
  3. Panic Station
  4. Bliss
  5. Resistance
  6. Animals
  7. Knights of Cydonia (Feat. The Man With The Harmonica)
  8. Dracula Mountain (Lightning Bolt cover)
  9. United States of Eurasia
  10. Dead Star
  11. Monty Jam
  12. Feeling Good (Bricusse & Newley cover)
  13. Follow Me
  14. Liquid State
  15. Madness
  16. Time Is Running Out
  17. New Born
  18. Unintended
  19. Blackout
  20. Guiding Light
  21. Undisclosed Desires
  22. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
  23. Plug In Baby
  24. Survival
  25. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
  26. Uprising
  27. Starlight
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