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posted Friday, February 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 6

Muse electrifies Seattle with impressive show
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

MUSE
KEY ARENA
February 1


It was a concert for the record books. Visually stunning, high energy, amazing sound, and a crowd that was into it from the second the lights dimmed.

In other words, Muse gave their fans a mighty bang for their buck.

The Grammy-winning trio opened their two-hour performance with 'The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,' from their newest album, appearing in front of an illuminated bowl-shaped stage that resembled the interior of a soccer stadium split in half.

Nearly all of Muse's biggest hits were included in their set, although 'Map of the Problematique' was mysteriously dropped from the Key Arena show (it was resurrected for the Edmonton, Alberta, audience two nights later).

'Supermassive Black Hole' was played while surrounded by white-colored, cube-shaped digital light panels. 'Resistance,' meanwhile, basked in a stage entirely lit in sky blue.

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'Wow, I'm getting stoned off you guys,' said lead singer Matthew Bellamy to those crammed into the main floor general admission area. He then intro'd 'Hysteria' with a guitar solo of 'The Star Spangled Banner,' perhaps an ode to Seattle legend Jimi Hendrix. Muse also incorporated snippets of Nirvana into a couple of their other songs.

A few bars on a harmonica led right into 'Knights of Cydonia' as the lyrics flashed boldly on overhead LED screens. The only still moment during the show came when Bellamy performed 'Explorers' sitting alone at the piano, in sharp contrast to 'Madness,' where he donned 3D-style glasses and the stage was transported into what seemed like an IMAX movie with trippy, cool effects.

During 'Undisclosed Desires,' Bellamy ran down to the guardrail and greeted fans squeezed into the front line. At one point, a giant pyramid with digitally produced vintage TVs took over the stage, flickering with images of human eyes, outer space, or nothing at all. For the finale of the main set, 'New Born,' that same pyramid displayed each band member - Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, Dominic Howard - flexing martial-arts moves in animated form. Howard came out dressed in a red jumpsuit, interestingly, and pounded like a madman on the drums.

A two-part encore featured 'Uprising' and 'Survival' as smoke bombs shot up from the foot of the stage and several concertgoers on the floor began crowd-surfing - some were actually dropped mid-air. It's worth noting that all those with reserved seats were on their feet the entire length of the show.

Circa 2004, Muse played a sold-out concert at Neumos - they tore that place up with a loud, incredible concert. Now that they're performing to the masses in stadiums and arenas around the world, one might think they've lost their edge and maybe a little originality. I can say with authority that they're just as creative and exciting as they ever have been.

The 2nd Law is nominated for Best Rock Album and 'Madness' is up for Best Rock Song at this weekend's Grammy Awards.



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