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REVIEW: Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law Tour’ defines what concerts should be

As a muse fan for five years now, I have always relished the opportunity to see them live. My love for Muse first started when I watched their concert live from Wembley stadium on YouTube. I had never seen a three-man band that could produce the depth of sound that Muse could.

Last semester when I heard that Muse would be performing in Detroit March 2, a weekend that I was not busy, there were no second thoughts about attending. I bought a ticket not knowing if I would have a group of friends to go with (I didn’t) or how I would get there (my mother drove me). I waited six miserable hours in the wind and snow to get the best possible general admission area possible. My feet were so cold that I did not gain feeling back in them until mid-way through Muse’s set. When we were allowed in to Joe Louis Arena, the excitement of what was to come completely erased the horror of those cold hours and made them seem like a brief moment in time. Given the proximity to the stage, I would have done it again given the chance.

Muse's stage monitors lower to completely surround the band. (Photo by Joseph Brenneman).

After an opening act from Dead Sara, the lights went down and the instrumental violins for the start of “Unsustainable” began to play. The excitement of seeing Matt Bellamy, Dom Howard, and Chris Wolstenholme walk on-stage still gives me shivers to this day. After only watching live performances of them online, I realized how little justice it does to what you actually experience watching them live. Front man Bellamy has this aura about him in which he can completely own an audience without playing a chord or singing a word. The talent he exhibits is breath taking, especially when he breaks out the massive guitar solo in “Knights of Cydonia” or reaches the powerful note in “Time is Running Out.” He is unbelievable.

Muse played an amazing set. They made sure to display their hits from their newest album “The 2nd Law,” playing “Supremacy” as well as ‘Madness,” but they also played songs that loyal fans could appreciate. Muse played a song from every album in their near-two hour concert.

Everything about the concert was perfect. The balance of each instrument, sound quality, and stage set-up exemplifies what every musician wishes they could aspire to be. When Muse came back onstage for their final song, “Survival,” my favorite song from “The 2nd Law,” it was a bittersweet moment for me. Seeing this song being performed in front of my eyes but also having to grasp that the show was about to be over created a conflict in me. Looking back though, the fact that this experience was only a moment in time made it all the more beautiful.

5/5 stars

Set list:

  1. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
  2. Supremacy
  3. Map of the Problematique
  4. Supermassive Black Hole
  5. Panic Station
  6. Resistance
  7. Hysteria
  8. Knights of Cydonia
  9. Monty Jam
  10. Explorers
  11. Follow Me
  12. Sunburn
  13. Liquid State
  14. Madness
  15. Undisclosed Desires
  16. Time is Running Out
  17. New Born
  18. Uprising
  19. Starlight
  20. Survival

1 comment to REVIEW: Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law Tour’ defines what concerts should be

  • Eric Atkinson

    My feelings exactly when I saw them on April 19th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Absolutely brilliant overall show. Their playing, energy, stage presence, stage production, etc. — all perfect. Great write-up, Joe!

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