Imagine Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page combined with Queen’s sound (remeber Queen’s Bohemian choirs? – just listen to Muse’s Soldiers Poem) , and you might get a glimpse of what Muse is all about: true rock evolved. To say that Muse singing live is superb is an understatement. Matthew Bellamy is an extraordinary singer and guitarist (not to mention his piano skills), reminding of singers like Robert Plant or Ian Gillan, but also playing some wicked looking and sounding guitars, custom made, 7-stringed, or with other crazy tunings that made him sound like no other (read more about them here). Sometimes you’d almost think Jimi Hendrix has reincarnated. And of course, like most great frontmen, Matt’s stage performance, with his dynamic and energetic moves, is a real treat.
The show was great, the best I’ve seen (even considering Depeche Mode last year concert, which was also great, but even diehard fans have to admit that Dave and co are now quite some years after their peak in live performances). I knew Muse were good, I can’t say I was a real fan though, I just enjoyed their music. Not all of it, since it takes some time to digest it, to understand it and then to love it. Just like old 70’s rock, Muse’s complex sound won’t reveal its beauty that easily. At some times during the show I was thinking this music is way too elevated for normal “rock concerts”. Clear classical music influences, blues and jazz-like improvisations, mixed with pure adrenaline make their music something uncomparable. It is no wonder for me now why Muse won so many prizes for their live performances. The only minor regret was my brother’s, for not hearing his favourite song, Bliss.
I was very glad that tickets in the A section were sold out fast (and the other sections as well, except the B one), this proved enough that we want quality bands touring in our country as well, not just big, long-time players in the music industry (yup, the Stones). Many failed to buy tickets in the A section thinking “who listens to Muse in Romania?”. Well, A LOT of people, it seems, since many of the band’s well known singles were sung by the crowd as well, giving me an imense satisfaction and thrill (and also the regret I hadn’t learned them better myself – but I’ll be ready next time).
But enough talking, here are some photos to get the idea (made with my Nokia N73 – tinkered just a bit in Photoshop). I’ve also uploaded a video on youtube, but the sound isn’t very good, unfortunately.